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When it comes to kitchen countertops there are a lot of options available. There are also a lot of factors to consider like cost, durability, UV resistance, scratch resistance, heat resistance, food safety, ease of installation, and ease of repair, just to get started. Epoxy countertops are one of the top performers in most categories and are now gaining in popularity as well. Below are some of the best things about epoxy countertops.
What Exactly Is Epoxy Made Of Anyway?
Epoxy is a very durable type of hard plastic that is made on the spot by mixing a resin and hardener together. Unless you want just a one color countertop, dyes are mixed in to create great looking designs. The epoxy is then poured out and spread evenly and allowed to set. This is different than drying as the epoxy sets chemically in a certain length of time. The longer you wait, the harder it gets for several days or even a week.
Epoxy Countertop Advantages & Qualities
Some of the advantages of epoxy is that it tends to hold its color very well for years, even in direct sunlight. That makes it excellent for backyard outside kitchen countertops as well as inside. Plus, even though it’s very hard and durable when it does get scratched, it’s easily repairable. It comes in any color you desire and the design variety is endless.
How To Repair Epoxy & Get Rid Of Scratches
In most cases, all that has to be done to repair a scratch or nick is to use light sandpaper to sand out the blemish. Then you can take a polishing compound to get the shine back on the surface. The smooth quality of the epoxy finish makes it easy to clean and there are no seams, grout lines, or other built-in dirt collectors that have to constantly be scrubbed.
How Durable Are Epoxy Countertops?
Epoxy countertops don’t hide germs below its surface or in seams and grout lines. Epoxy is also great for heat resistance, but you can’t set a super hot skillet directly off the stove on it. However, most other hot pans and dishes are not a problem up to about 150 F. However, if you’re going to be putting super hot pans on it all the time, you can get special epoxy that is made to withstand heat up to 600 F. Epoxy countertops are made to be durable to scratches and the normal wear and tear of everyday life. They have many unique qualities that can be changed depending on the clients wants & needs.
If you’re going to do a lot of chopping, cleaning, or other hard everyday uses, epoxy is made just for that type of abuse.
Epoxy Is Also Highly Chemical Resistant
This can be a factor if you’re putting a countertop in a laboratory, fish cleaning station, commercial kitchen, or other high use application. You can safely clean epoxy with strong chemicals like ammonia, Windex, and many solvents without a problem.
NOTE: DO NOT USE BLEACH TO CLEAN
How Much Do Epoxy Countertops Cost?
While you’ll pay more than a cheap laminate or plastic countertop, the epoxy is much thicker and stronger. It will also make your kitchen and bathroom shine. There are a infinite amount of different designs you can do to match your design style in your home/office.
Plus, you should also factor in how hard you’re going to use the counter and if the other options available will stand up to the abuse you have in mind. If the thinner plastics and laminates are going to have to be replaced every few years, the cost of labor alone can more than pay for the one-time installation of an epoxy resin countertop.
How To Clean Epoxy Countertops
As with any countertop, it’s always far better to wipe up a spill or mess immediately with a damp cloth. That way you avoid the problems that arise when spills dry hard. However, many spills, no matter how long they dry have a hard time sticking to epoxy. That makes most cleanups fairly easy with a damp sponge or rag only.
You can also use a spray cleaner like glass cleaner to get a spotless and shiny, streak-free cleanliness. If your countertop has started to look dull, you can wipe a very thin coating of mineral oil on it and then buff it with a dry towel.
Hot To Get Rid Of Epoxy Stains
To get rid of discolored stains in your epoxy countertops, we highly recommend a paste that you can create at home. This paste consists of baking soda and water. In a ratio – 4:1 ratio of baking soda to water. Mix it up and apply this paste to the stained area. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then wipe it off with a cloth and water.
If there is a stain that seems to be deeper than the surface, then you might have to use acetone, like what comes in nail polish remover. Use a cloth with the acetone and rub the discolored area till gone.
Overall, epoxy countertops are strong, durable, stay looking nice for years, can take the heat, chemicals, can be repaired, and look fantastic for many years. You’ll pay a little more than some types of surfaces but you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful countertop that doesn’t need much maintenance and won’t need replacing for a good, long, time.
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