3. Copper Characteristics
Recent scientific studies show copper to have an inherently antimicrobial surface, which means that copper and certain copper alloys
naturally do not support the growth of mold, mildew, algae and harmful microbes. This makes copper and these alloys ideal for touch surfaces where the spread of bacteria and pathogens is not wanted. Some examples include health care work surfaces, door knobs, push plates and handrails. It is important to emphasize that this property is not the result of adding a surface or coating to the copper. It is an inherent property.
Copper is extremely malleable. This means that copper is easy to work, and it is easy to bend, shape and craft into intricate designs. Malleability
is particularly important when designing and crafting finely detailed interior fixtures or accents for example.
Copper can be formed in a variety of shapes.
Copper can be easily stretched or extruded, which is of great importance to the wire
These three images illustrate how copper alloys can be easily bent and shaped in a variety of ways.
Copper is an outstanding conductor of many types of energy including heat and electricity. That is why copper wire is the choice in many electrical applications compared to other materials. Copper is being used as well where thermal energy is transferred, such as solar power
and geothermal heating.
Copper is renowned as a corrosion resistant metal. Corrosive environments such as bathrooms, kitchens, locker rooms and enclosed
swimming pools where moisture is always present are logical locations for exploiting copper's inherent corrosion resistance. And copper
and copper alloys, due to their beautiful natural finishes, perform well in these environments without the need for special coatings or surface treatments. The occasional cleaning will keep them looking like new. Without cleaning, they frequently age to a natural statuary or patina finish.