Since copper is a metal, it conducts and retains heat well. Copper bathtubs will retain heat better than other tub materials like acrylic and porcelain without an inline heater, so your bath water stays warmer, longer.
Are copper tubs antibacterial?
Yes, copper has natural antibacterial properties, so your tub remains a hygienic environment. It will also never rust or corrode.
Are copper tubs safe?
High-quality tubs made of pure or nearly pure recycled copper are completely safe. Lower-quality tubs may contain unsafe levels of mercury or lead, which can leach toxins into the water, making the tub unsafe for bathing. Check your tub’s metal composition to ensure that it contains no unsafe alloys.
Because most copper tubs are freestanding, an additional safety concern is entering and exiting a high-walled tub safely. If climbing in and out may be difficult for you, consider a set of matching copper steps for security
What styles and colors of copper tubs are available?
Copper tubs are available in a wide variety of styles. The most popular are inspired by antique copper bathtub styles, including the freestanding copper bath, copper clawfoot tub, and copper slipper tub (a freestanding bath with one or both ends sloped for comfort and visual interest). Many feature extra detailing or pedestals; a copper roll top bath has a rim that is “rolled” for a timeless appearance.
While copper tubs are commonly large and rectangular or oval-shaped, even a smaller bathroom can be fitted with a beautiful Japanese-style copper soaking tub with a small, deep footprint.
Some copper tubs are lined in a contrasting metal such as nickel or even acrylic; consider the interior before purchasing as it may be less expensive but does not offer all of the advantages of a copper interior.
The copper may be smooth or hammered, depending on your preference. A smooth finish is more likely to show damage, while a hammered copper bathtub conceals damage and is less likely to dent.
Copper is available in a range of colors, from brand-new-penny shiny to deep brown and every shade in between. All finishes will develop a patina, or a unique living finish, as it “tarnishes” over time; darker finishes will develop a less noticeable patina than brighter finishes. To strip off patina, use a copper polishing cream once or twice a year (more frequent polishing will damage the finish).
To preserve the current patina on your tub, wax it with copper wax, beeswax, or furniture polish on a regular basis to slow the progression; if you’re entirely satisfied with the patina, apply clear lacquer to preserve it.