Our hand-hammered copper caps are an excellent addition to any wood gate. Not only do they provide protection from moisture and rot, but they also add a unique and stylish touch to the overall look.
Copper 101: An Overview
Copper is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal that is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. It has a reddish-orange color and is commonly used in a variety of applications, including electrical wiring, plumbing, and metalworking. Copper is generally more expensive than most other non-precious metals due to its high demand and limited supply. However, its price can fluctuate depending on various factors, such as market conditions, production costs, and global supply and demand.
Copper is typically produced through a process called smelting, which involves heating copper ore to high temperatures in the presence of oxygen and other chemicals to remove impurities and extract the pure copper metal. The resulting copper can then be formed into various shapes and used in a variety of applications.
Historically Valuable: Ancient & Modern Times
Copper has been used by humans for thousands of years for various purposes, including decorative objects, tools, weapons, and currency. Copper’s versatility and durability made it a valuable material throughout history. It was widely used in ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and played an important role in the development of early civilizations. The distinctive green patina that forms on copper over time was often prized for its decorative appeal.
Copper's Dual Benefits: Protection and Beauty
Over time, the copper reacts with oxygen and forms a layer of copper oxide on its surface, which can give it a greenish or bluish-green color. This patina layer can help protect the copper from further corrosion and is often prized for its decorative appearance. The specific color of the patina can vary depending on factors such as the copper’s age, and exposure to the elements.
Durability + Protection
Copper is often used on the top of gates and other structures due to its durability and resistance to corrosion. The metal withstands exposure to the elements without rusting or deteriorating. When wood absorbs moisture while outside, it can lead to rot, warping, and other forms of damage. This can compromise the structural integrity of the wood and reduce its lifespan. A copper cap prevents moisture from absorbing into outdoor wood and is therefore important for maintaining its durability and overall quality.
Enhance the look and durability of your gates today with our high-quality hand-hammered copper caps. Learn how we hand-build our hand-hammered copper caps, explore our range of products featuring copper caps, and discover more features and benefits of PGW wood gates.