Comparison Chart

If someone gave you a steel ring and coated it with gold leaf, would you call it gold jewelry?  Or would you call it a gold-leaf ring?  With copper, we find that some companies get away with applying a thin layer of copper or copper foil over wood and steel and then call it a copper product. We believe that if you pay for copper, you should get copper! And you should get the highest quality for the application.
Copper is a soft metal, though can be hardened, and so will dent and scratch if the wrong gauge is used for your application.
Also be aware of copper plated products.

Gauge

Thickness in inches
Weight per
12" x 12" section
Cut with...
Other companies use it for:
We use it for:
32
.008"
6 oz
Scissors
Shape by hand
Copper foil - Some companies use it to covering range hoods, counter tops or for backsplashes
Nothing!!
26
.016"
12 oz
Tin snips or a utility knife
Shape by hand
Copper foil - Some companies use it to covering range hoods, counter tops or for backsplashes.
Roofing, cupolas
Nothing
23
.021"
16 oz (1 lb)
Metal snips
Can be shaped by hand
Roofing, fence caps.
Range hoods, counters

Nothing

21
.027"
20 oz
Range hoods, counters
17
.041-.043"
32 oz (2 lb)
Shear
Range hoods, counters
Copper backsplashes
4 inch copper numbers
16
36 oz
Shear
Range hoods, counters
Nothing
14
.062 (1/16")
48 oz (3 lb)
Shear
Range hoods, sinks
8
.125
(1/8")
6 lb
Shear
Heavy duty pot racks
Strapping on range hoods
Plate
.25
(1/4")
12 lb
Shear