What are the Advantages of Using Solid Brass?
Choosing between hardware construction is a question many homeowners have to face. Ask yourself: What is the best material for the project?
The way to get to an answer is to know the properties of each choice. Solid brass fixtures are often chosen for vintage bath fixtures and other household items, but why? Here are the advantages of solid brass construction:
What is brass?
Solid brass is an alloy metal made from copper and zinc. There are many manufacturing methods used to create the hardware, including wrought, forged, cast and die-cut processes.
Strong – Solid brass is a strong and durable metal. The combination of zinc and copper contribute to the strength of the material.
Long-lasting – Unlike aluminum and plated steel, a solid brass fixture won’t need to be replaced because of rust or corrosion. While it can cost more in an initial investment, homeowners tend to save money in the long run since they won’t have to keep replacing the unit.
What is the difference between solid and plated?
Since solid brass is so desirable, hardware is often treated to look like the material. Yet, it won’t give you the same quality. Plated items are often made from steel or pure zinc, which are thin and will break down over time. Ask your builder to be sure of the metal used. However, when you’re buying your own products, look for a clearly identified solid brass marking.
Solid brass is sought after for its durability almost as much as it’s purchased for its decorative use. A variety of finishes can be applied to cater to many aesthetics. Additionally, with a sturdy solid brass construction you can plate the faucet or fixture in other materials.
Bright – This finish has a golden hue and works in a variety of bathroom and vintage kitchen designs.
Antique – When you choose hardware in this finish it will come in a deep bronze-like color. The coating will be distressed to mimic years of wear.
Brushed – The brushed aesthetic has fine parallel lines running through the finish. It’s a popular look and adds more dimension to the fixture.
Where to use solid brass
Clawfoot tubs – Cast iron is a quality material because it retains heat for a long time. However, it’s heavy and needs to be paired with another strong entity to create a clawfoot tub. Solid brass can withstand the weight and show off the ornate lines of the claw feet without rusting.
Faucets – Many people seek antique bath fixtures to help create a cohesive space alongside their clawfoot tub. When fixtures are made from the durable material they can be plated in polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze or another decorative finish.
Plumbing – Solid brass isn’t just for faucets – it is a great resource for pipes as well. The durability of the material allows it to hold up over the years. Use it in it valves and other plumbing hardware.
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