Epoxy countertops are one of the most popular countertop surfaces used in homes across America. These affordable countertops allow you to update your kitchen or your bathroom at an affordable price. Epoxy countertops are durable and beautiful. Installing epoxy countertops is a great way to improve the aesthetics of your kitchen or bathroom on a budget.
Epoxy countertops are designed to be able to withstand the humidity levels in kitchens and bathrooms. Furthermore, epoxy is a nonporous substance that is chemical resistant and heat resistant, making it an excellent choice for homeowners just like you.
Epoxy countertops are created by mixing epoxy resin with a hardener and then pouring it over the countertop substrate. The hardener used speeds up the curing process so you can begin using your countertop sooner.
The epoxy used in countertops is much different than other types of epoxies. Countertop epoxy is designed to be poured on a flat surface in a thin layer measuring between one-eighth of an inch and one-fourth of an inch thick. The fast curing time means that the countertop will be dry to the touch within 12 hours; however, no heavy items should be placed on the countertop for 7 days.
If the epoxy is poured too thickly, it can cause the finish to become cloudy. Therefore, to ensure a crystal clear finish, the epoxy should be poured no more than one-fourth of an inch thick. A clear finish allows the color, pattern, or design of your countertop to shine through.
Epoxy countertops are extremely durable; however, to maximize the longevity of your countertop, you will need to properly care for your countertops. Unlike other types of countertops, epoxy countertops do not require routine maintenance. All you need to do to keep them looking great is to clean them regularly.
Epoxy countertops are designed to resist minor damage and scratches even under heavy usage. This durable countertop surface is crack resistant. Even under heavy use, your countertop will look great. If the shininess of your epoxy countertop begins to dull, you can restore it by applying a thin layer of food-safe mineral oil to the countertop and buffing the countertop in a circular motion with a soft cloth.
No one wants to set a hot pan down on their countertop and immediately ruin their countertop. Epoxy countertops can withstand up to five hundred degrees Fahrenheit for a short amount of time. For best results, you should always use a trivet or a hot pad before placing a hot pan on your countertop.
No matter the type of countertop you have, you should never cut directly on your countertop. Cutting on a countertop is one of the most damaging things you can do. Epoxy countertops are not designed to withstand cutting. Sharp objects can blemish the surface. Sometimes the blemish is only noticeable when you run your hand across it; however, the blemish can also be deep enough to be seen with the naked eye.
One benefit of epoxy countertops is that if you do accidentally mar your epoxy countertop, you can fix the damage. All that is needed is a thin coat of epoxy applied to the countertop surface. Once the epoxy dries, your countertop will be shiny and look like new.
Keeping your countertops looking great only requires a few things. First, wipe up spills immediately. If spills are allowed to remain on your countertop, they can cause staining. If you spill a drink or drop food on your countertop, immediately wipe the spill up with a paper towel and then wash the area with a mild dish detergent.
Epoxy countertops are nonporous and when properly cared for, they will provide you years of service and enjoyment. These easy to clean countertops can be cleaned using a mild dish detergent or a food safe, all purpose cleaner. Once the countertop has been cleaned, wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth. Then, buff dry in a circular motion to a beautiful, lustrous glow.
If you are considering new countertops for your kitchen or bathroom and are on a budget, you should consider epoxy countertops. These durable countertops are nonporous, heat resistant, and can easily be restored if they get scratched or damaged. In addition to this, epoxy countertops do not require routine sealing like other countertops.