Zinc is an alternative material for countertops that provides a number of unique qualities when compared to more traditional granite or marble countertops. These qualities provide zinc countertops with a wide range of advantages and disadvantages over other types of countertops. Understanding what a zinc countertop has to offer your kitchen can help you decide if it is the right choice during a remodeling.
The Advantages of Zinc Countertops
Zinc countertops are extremely easy to clean. They will not absorb spilled liquids or food waste, which means that the countertop will not become discolored or smelly over time. Additionally, there are no special chemicals that need to be used while cleaning – hot water and dish soap will work just fine. Additionally, it should be noted that zinc countertops will change color over time, developing an attractive looking patina, due to exposure to oils and foods. Because every countertop is exposed to different amounts and types of substances, this means that over time your zinc countertop will develop a completely unique aesthetic that cannot be recreated in any kitchen, providing your home with a truly unique countertop. Finally, it should be noted that zinc is anti-bacterial: zinc strips are commonly used on roofs and in plumbing in order to prevent mold, algae, and bacteria from flourishing. This means that you won't have to worry about food contamination as you would with other types of countertops.
The Disadvantages of Zinc Countertops
The main disadvantage of a zinc countertop is the fact that it is not that durable. Zinc is a soft metal, and has a low heat threshold. This means that your zinc countertop can be easily scratched or scuffed by knife blades and heavy blunt force, ruining the aesthetic of your kitchen and requiring costly repairs or replacements. While the risk of this happening can be somewhat mitigated by cutting boards, it is still something to consider. Additionally, the low heat resistance of zinc countertops means that it will deform if exposed to hot materials, such as a pot of boiling water, again resulting in repairs or a replacement to maintain the appearance of your countertop. Finally, it should be noted that zinc countertops are not a budget option: they can be quite expensive, depending on the thickness and shape of the countertop in question, as well as the grade of zinc used. This means that zinc countertops may not be the ideal choice for homeowners operating under a tight budget.
To learn more about kitchen remodeling, contact a company like Qualtire Plumbing & Construction.