Tips for Using Copper Sheeting as a Backsplash
Copper sheeting is a popular metal used to make a kitchen back splash. It creates a sleek and elegant atmosphere and makes the kitchen seem brighter. Copper sheets are available at most hardware and home improvement stores. This back splash material is simple and easy to install.
In order to know how much copper sheeting to purchase, use a tape measure to determine the length and width of the area to be covered. Multiply these two dimensions to determine the square feet of space. Add about a foot to your final calculations and you that total as the amount of sheeting you will need to purchase.
A process much like the one used to install roof flashing can be used with copper backsplashes. The copper can also be adhered to the wall surface with glue or laminated to a back board and then installed. Nails and screws are never used in the installation process as they will damage the look. Liquid nails can be used because they are not visible.
Copper sheeting is typically available in different sizes. Typically, the largest size available is being 8 feet long and 3 feet wide. These metal sheets are prices by the square foot. The sheets can easily be cut to fit any size or shape.
Copper sheets are available in a variety of gauge. The gauge refers to the thickness of the metal sheets. The larger the gauge number, the thinner the copper sheet. A 32 gauge copper sheet is thinner than a 16 gauge sheet. The gauge you use will depend on your situation. Most homeowners choose a thin gauge copper because it is easy to work with and install. The thinness of the sheets makes them easy to bend around edges. It can also be trimmed easily with simple metal snippers. Sheets of a thicker gauge work better for hiding imperfections on a wall surface.
Copper sheets are available in a variety of finishes including: hammered, brushed, embossed and textured. The various finishes are created by machine but can easily be created at home. For instance, by hammering a copper sheet with a ball peen hammer you can texture the metal yourself and save money. Lay the copper on a sheet of plywood. Secure the corners of the copper to the wood with small nails. Cover the copper with a towel and then use the ball peen hammer to create the texture you want.
Over time, air and moisture will naturally oxidize the copper back splash. The oxidization process will cause the copper to develop a green colored patina. This patina process can make the copper seem more rustic and is an appealing feature to some homeowners. The copper can be protected from changing color in order to maintain its shiny, warm appearance. Lacquer can be applied to the copper back splash to slow down the oxidization process and to reduce the efforts required to maintain the shine.