Resin-based countertops have become a trend among people looking for cheap countertops and who are not afraid of DIY projects. However, even if you embrace and love to do things yourself, it’s important to consider the disadvantages of epoxy countertops before you decide to use it in your kitchen.
How are epoxy countertops normally used?
Epoxy is primarily used for refinishing. It’s possible to apply a coat of this material on top of old and worn countertops to revitalize them. It is generally used on top of the following materials:
It’s also possible to create countertops fully made of epoxy, even though it’s less common.
The result is a solid surface countertop, that if created properly can actually look really nice for a very small price tag. Moreover, it resists scratches pretty well, and although it won’t last decades like a stone countertop it will endure for a few years.
How are epoxy countertops made?
You can’t really buy it in slabs like quartz or laminate, an epoxy countertop must be made at your kitchen.
The process involves mixing the resin with a hardener while both are in a liquid state, the mixture must then be applied to the location and it will solidify within a few minutes. The idea behind pouring epoxy is that it is self-leveling, which means you need to let it flow over the are where it’s supposed to solidify.
Although the endeavor is often tackled by brave DIYers, it’s also possible (and advisable) to hire a professional team to carry it out instead.
Disadvantages of Epoxy Countertops
Although the results can be interesting there are a number of disadvantages in opting for epoxy countertops.
Although some YouTubers and websites try to sell the process of making epoxy countertops as something easy and even enjoyable, reality begs to differ.
Epoxy requires a careful and even application to ensure the surface will be smooth and trap no air bubbles. It demands tons of preparation
Because of the “pouring until the resin flows over edges” aspect of the installation you can expect a lot of quick solidifying epoxy all over the place.
The best thing to do is to cover your entire kitchen with plastic canvas, but don’t expect any of your clothes and shoes to survive the day. They won’t. Don’t even try not wearing clothes, the resin is also really hard to remove from skin.
Thoroughly preparing the space, carrying out the installation, waiting for the 24 hours curing time, finishing off the surface and cleaning the whole mess your kitchen has become.
I guess you’ve caught up with what we mean by time-consuming at this point.
You will notice the insane amount of trash generated, mostly plastic. Nothing epoxy touches, from its own container to the brushes and scrapers used for the application, will survive.
That’s not what is worse, none of that is able to be recycled either. The resin just ruins it. It will just be trash, long-lasting slowly decomposing trash, forever on our planet.
Mimicking Natural Stones is Not Easy
Much of the rush behind using Epoxy Countertops is that it’s possible, with creativity and handcraft, to mimic the appearance of stone countertops. However, achieving this kind of look is really much like creating art.
Colors need to be combined to recreate veins and patterns found in stones. Metallic powders can be added to help contrast. There is so much that can go wrong and come out in an unexpected way. But it doesn’t end on the chemistry of it all.
Hand techniques must be used to add swirls, veins, and patterns. Some results are really great,
If it goes wrong…
There are no second chances.
That’ right, there’s no fixing it, at least not in an easy way. You need to scrap what you’ve done or sand it down, and then try the same complicated, messy and time-consuming process again.
If everything went right, great. But it doesn’t mean it will remain great for long. Epoxy countertops get spill stains easily.
Liquids must be cleaned right away, even water. Epoxy countertops are definitely not a good choice for a busy kitchen
The end result of installing epoxy countertops is always a surprise. And not only because it depends on how well the application was carried out.
Some products are simply much better than the others presenting less heat resistance and a more brittle surface.
Resin products are definitely a cheap choice that can work, but we believe the disadvantages of epoxy countertops speak higher than what good they offer.
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