Epoxy countertops have been gaining popularity in homes these days. It has become individuals’ and even contractors’ go-to when making countertop choices. However, unlike what you think, epoxy countertops are not pre-made countertops like granite, wood, laminate, or the other countertops that you may have known before now.
Epoxy countertops are used as a refinishing product for preexisting countertops. It is a coating of finishing that is applied to a countertop, which has the ability to change its whole look. A countertop that has been coated with epoxy is known as an epoxy countertop. Epoxy is known to be very popular due to its durability. It is capable of adding extra shine to a countertop, reducing its dull effect, protecting countertops from cuts and scratches, and even making cleaning countertops much easier.
Epoxy can be applied on almost all countertop materials. Which include, but are not restricted to; Wood, metal, ceramic, laminate, formic, concrete, etc. It is not common to use epoxy on marble or granite because they come with their shine and luster, but it can also be done. Adding epoxy to your old countertop can give it a new appearance, which is like getting a new countertop, but cheaper.
There are different types of Epoxy, so you must consult your countertop installer to know which is best for your countertop.
Epoxy comes in a wide range of patterns, and you can also
create epoxy colors unique to you. Epoxy is transparent and mixed with a
hardener, but the colors can be changed when different resin tints are used.
Various colors can be combined to form veins and patterns in natural stones.
Some manufacturers also spice things up with glitters that add a unique sparkly
finish to your epoxy countertops. Resin colors can include red, grey, green,
white, silver, etc. A sprinkle of metallic powder will intensify the base
color. With epoxy countertops, you are never at a loss for colors, patterns, or
How to Apply Epoxy on Countertops
Epoxy is first mixed with a hardener before application. Both epoxy and the hardener come in liquid form but becomes solid when mixed. This mixture needs to be used almost immediately as it hardens quickly. Spread the mixture evenly on your countertop to give it a transparent and glossy finish. You have to be extra careful, as air bubbles can find their way into your coating. If this happens, the entire layer of Epoxy will have to be removed professionally, which can cost more than you originally planned.
Applying epoxy is quite tricky and can be very messy, quite unpredictable, and will ruin the look of your countertop if not done right. It is important to contact a professional to help you out with your application if you feel it’s too much to handle. The Furniture Phoenix charges only $4 per square foot for epoxy coatings.
Why You Should Consider Epoxy Countertops
Epoxy is aesthetically appealing when appropriately applied. They can take your countertop from zero to a hundred in one application. When light hits your epoxy countertop, it has this sparkly and glowy effect which is just amazing. The range of colors and styles epoxy comes in is also an added appeal. You can spice up your countertop in the most beautiful colors and patterns.
Adding epoxy to your countertop is very cost-effective. When compared to the cost of getting a new countertop, epoxy countertops are the way to go. If you have a countertop you feel doesn’t portray your taste or personality, getting epoxy for your countertop is the most convenient and cost-effective way to achieve the countertop you desire.
Using Epoxy for your countertops seals it off from any invasion of insects or wood termites. So your countertop is protected from infestation, thereby increasing its durability.
Epoxy is water-resistant. If you have epoxy countertops in your kitchen, you do not have to worry about water finding its way to your countertop and reducing its life span. Your countertop is protected from moisture and liquid.
Epoxy will last a long time before it needs to be reapplied. Epoxy countertops are very durable and will protect your countertop for a long time.
Cleaning Epoxy Countertops
One of the enticing factors about epoxy countertops is the ease with which they can be cleaned and maintained. There are no hard and fast rules when cleaning your countertops, but here are a few tips to make it easier.
Do not use hard and abrasive products, as this can scratch the surface of your epoxy. Always use a soft, damp cloth with a mild cleaner. Using scouring pads and other hard materials will only defeat the purpose of using the epoxy coating in the first place.
Use mineral oil once or twice a month to retain the shine of the epoxy. Be very moderate in your oil usage, as using too much will also ruin the purpose of your epoxy
Always wipe off water spills and stains immediately to avoid them from ruining the look. If you have to place a cold cup or mug, use a cup holder or saucer. If you notice the stains too late, you can mix water and baking soda in one to four ratios, and apply on the stain for five to ten minutes before wiping off with a soft clean cloth. Do not, under any circumstance, use bleach to remove stains, as this will take away the whole layer of epoxy and spoil your countertop.
Avoid cutting directly on your epoxy countertops. The constant interaction between your knife and your epoxy surface will leave scratches and cuts on it. So, use a chopping board to do your cutting.
If you are looking for countertops with a bit of extra shine, moisture resistance, and cost-effectiveness, epoxy countertops are your best bet. If you already have a countertop, you can request epoxy coating services from The Furniture Phoenix. All new countertops purchased from the Furniture Phoenix come with a coating of Epoxy or any other type of finishing. You can also request specifically for an epoxy coating to be applied to it.