JUST LIKE REAL METAL
The artisan cast process is a way of applying a metal coating that is bonded to a real wood core or to an exterior grade substrate. The resulting surface consists of 80% actual metal, and behaves similarly to our hand wrought metal products. Much like metal, Artisan Cast Countertops have a living finish that will continue to evolve throughout the lifetime of the top. The countertop will acquire a natural patina that takes about a year to reach its full depth. Artisan cast metals are meant to have distressing, imperfections, and patina to create a “time honored” or “rustic” appearance.
WHY CHOOSE ARTISAN CAST?
• AFFORDABLE METAL
Artisan Cast Metal Countertops are about ½ to ⅔ the cost of actual cast or fabricated sheet metal products.
• INCREASED DESIGN OPTIONS
A very exciting advantage to this process is that we now have the ability to incorporate intricate design details that are not possible, or are extremely cost prohibitive in cast countertops. The Bistro Collection can be done using any of our edge profiles (currently available on our wood countertops). We can also now fabricate curved edges, angles, and large complex shapes.
• FAST TURNAROUND
Bistro Collection Artisan Cast countertops have the fastest turnaround for metal countertops. They can be fabricated quicker than sheet metal countertops and are ready for installation or delivery in just 3-4 weeks after approved shop drawings.
EASY TO GET THE LOOK YOU WANT!
• RUSTIC CHARM
Our goal with this line is to provide a time honored and rustic appearance. We achieve this through an expanded range of texture and polishing options. We can create a metallic fossilization of deep wood grain in addition to the standard options of decorative rivets, hammered textures, and distressed finishes.
• HAND DISTRESSED FINISHES
The rustic finish on Artisan Cast countertops is hand-detailed by our skilled metal craftsmen and finishers, who are familiar with the characteristics of time honored metal countertops. Artisan cast metal surfaces have the same qualities as and behave similar to our sheet metal countertop line. All of our normal metal texture and color options are available: brushed, matte, or with a patina. Artisan cast products are not meant to be monolithic, and will continue to evolve throughout the lifetime of the countertop.
• DISTINCT CHARACTER
Artisan Cast metal is more malleable than hand-wrought sheet metal, allowing your countertop to develop its unique pattern of use to be more prominent than it would be on sheet metal tops. Your countertop will acquire its rustic charm in no time, turning it into a modern antique. Bistro Collection countertops are not recommended for high traffic, or commercial service areas, and are best used as accent pieces, such as bar tops, mantles, and fireplace surrounds.
• MODERN DESIGN DETAILS
Bistro Collection countertops are highly customizable, even beyond what you can see in these photos. We are willing to explore and experiment with high and mirror polish finishes, and custom texture patterns.
HOW TO MAINTAIN FINISH
The care and maintenance of artisan cast metal countertops is very similar to that of our sheet metal surfaces. Daily cleaning can be done with mild soap and water, Windex, or other non-abrasive cleaners. The countertop is abrasion resistant and behaves much like a furniture finish. The metal is also resistant to damage from alcohol and water. Like all countertops, make sure to clean up any spills as soon as possible. Do not leave standing water or liquids on the surface for any extended period of time to prevent marks or drink rings. Remember, the artisan cast products behave much like actual metal and should be treated as such.
WHAT ABOUT SCRATCHES?
Yes, scuffs and scratches will happen. The frequency and severity of which will depend on the material you choose. For example, copper and aluminum are soft metals and will scratch easily, whereas nickel and stainless steel are harder metals and are less likely to show scratches.
Should any marks or scratches appear on your countertop, they can be blended out using a fine steel wool pad (000) in a random motion.
To prevent scratches and marks:
• Do not cut directly on the surface; use cutting boards for food prep.
• Avoid sliding abrasive items across the countertop surface.
• Artisan cast metal countertops are heat resistant; we recommend using trivets for oven-hot pots and pans. They are safe for contact with boiling water.
Artisan Cast countertops can be repaired on-site. For any deep scratches and severe dings, you may schedule a service technician to repair and blend the marks. The outcome will be fairly unobtrusive.
The best way to gain an understanding on the Bistro Collection is to get physical samples. Contact us to get artisan cast metal samples for your showroom.