27 Mar Weathering of Copper Fixtures
by Mike Gambino
Every once in awhile I will get an objection from a client as to the placement of a copper path or spread light style fixture that is brand new out of the box in raw condition meaning it hasn’t been exposed to the environment.
The nice thing about copper is that it takes on a different look depending upon what climatic and environmental conditions that exist where it is placed.
In acidic or coastal exposures a verdigris or verde green patina will form on the fixture which add interest and a natural look.
In drier inland areas the finish will take on a weathered or mahogany colored aged antique look all for free and courtesy of mother nature herself.
The question I get always is -How long will it take? That depends upon how severe the exposure. Although the aging process begins immediately and is gradual it is noticeable as soon as it is installed in the landscape.
For those that absolutely cannot wait several weeks. Hand applied acid stains can be applied for additional cost. But what you are really buying is time.
Most just wait for the process to occur naturally and in the meantime the fixture looks great and performs the same after dark irregardless of the fixture finish.
And with naturally aged Copper you get a fixture that will last a very very long time in the landscape exposed to soils, fertilizers, rain, sun, heat, cold and extreme temperatures, bird droppings and whatever else nature can dish out.
A natural copper aged finish is also considered a low or maintenance free finish as it does not require polishing of cleaning to look its best.
I have attached 2 photos below of our Copper Torino path and spread style LED or halogen fixture.
Before and After environmental metamorphosis if you will.