Do you have a kitchen with unique features that require a specific range hood design? No problem! This guide will show you how to customize your range hood for the best performance in your kitchen.
What are custom range hoods?
Typically, the standard range for home use comes in one standard size and standard color – white or black. However, many homes have unique features that require a different design and size range hood. For example, older homes may have limited cabinet space, whereas more modern kitchens may have large islands in the middle of the room, taking up a large amount of space that a traditional range hood would not cover. In these cases, you will want to have custom range hoods made to fit the unique layout of your kitchen.
It would help if you considered several factors when considering custom range hoods for your home.
Two factors determine the size of the hood: first, the width of the vent or duct that your hood is attached to; and second, the circumference of the hood itself. The width of the vent can vary based on the layout of the kitchen as well as the cooking style of the individual homeowner. For instance, if you prefer to cook with many gas burners, you will most likely need a wider vent than someone who only uses a few electric burners for their stovetop.
The most common materials for range hoods are stainless steel, powder-coated steel, and copper. Stainless steel is the strongest and most durable option of the three materials and is normally used in high-end range hoods that get the most use and wear and tear over time. Copper range hoods are known for their elegant appearance and are a popular choice among homeowners who want a range hood that makes a statement in their kitchen. Powder-coated steel range hoods offer the advantage of being budget-friendly while remaining aesthetically pleasing and holding up well to everyday wear and tear.
Depending on the style of the hood and the size of your kitchen, you may have several finish options to choose from. Matte finishes are ideal for understated kitchens that do not require an overly ornate aesthetic. In contrast, high-gloss finishes are typically used in kitchens with a large open space with ample countertop space and want to show off the beauty of the hood to its full potential.
Many traditional range hoods rely on external blowers to provide ventilation for the kitchen. These models usually feature adjustable speed controls and provide adequate airflow for medium-sized kitchens with up to six burners and a stovetop area 25 feet or less from the hood. As the size of the kitchen increases, however, more powerful ventilation is required to properly remove steam and cooking fumes.
In these cases, external blowers are often impractical because they require more power than the typical household outlet can handle. For these applications, internal blowers are required that provide efficient, continuous ventilation for the entire cooking area. They can be adjusted to provide the exact amount of airflow needed by the cooktop at any moment.
Size, materials, finish, and ventilation power are some of the most important factors to consider when customizing your range hood for your kitchen. Still, seek the services of an experienced coppersmith to ensure you get the best deal and look for your range hood!