When epoxy is applied correctly, it will create beautiful glossy countertops that will withstand the test of time. Epoxy countertops are revered for their durability and maintenance-free finish. When properly installed, epoxy countertops will last many years; however, they can be damaged by sharp objects. If you accidentally damage your epoxy countertop, they are able to be repaired, which will extend the life expectancy of your epoxy countertops.
Standing the test of time is one of the most important things a countertop can do. Some of the common issues surrounding countertops include warping, water damage, cleaning, heat, and daily usage. Overall, epoxy countertops function well and last 10 years or longer when they are cared for properly.
Epoxy countertops are extremely durable and can withstand many of the demands placed on them. These countertops were originally created to be used in a laboratory, which means they are sanitary, scratch-resistant, and heat resistant.
One thing most home cooks want is a countertop that is heat resistant. No one wants to set a hot pan down on their countertop and immediately ruin it. Although stone countertops are immune to heat, other countertops like laminate, quartz, or wood are not immune to heat. Epoxy countertops are considered primarily heat resistant.
Most epoxy countertops are resistant to heat and can withstand temperatures over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you should avoid leaving a hot pot or pan on your countertop for an extended period of time. Although the countertop will typically be fine if a hot pan is placed on the countertop for a few minutes, you should always use a trivet to protect your countertop.
No matter which type of countertops are used in the kitchen, you should always use a cutting board when using sharp objects on your countertops. Cutting directly on a countertop is one of the most damaging things you can do. Typically, it can cause permanent damage to the countertop surface.
Epoxy countertops will not withstand cutting directly on the countertop. Sharp objects can blemish the top of the countertop. Thankfully, unlike other countertop surfaces, epoxy countertops can be fixed quite easily.
Epoxy countertops are quite resilient, but they are prone to staining if a spill is not cleaned up quickly. Luckily, you can reduce the risk of permanent staining by cleaning up any spills immediately. All you need to clean up spills is a damp cloth, a small amount of dish detergent. Wipe the spill up and then rinse the countertop. Finally, buff the countertop dry with a soft, absorbent towel.
One of the best things about epoxy countertops is being able to fix any damage that occurs. Unlike stone countertops, wood countertops, or laminate countertops, epoxy countertops can be fixed in four easy steps.
First, you must remove all items from the area. Food should be removed and placed in a sealed area or sealed container as epoxy dust particles are toxic when ingested. You will need to place drop cloths over all other countertops and cabinetry and tape them down to reduce cleanup times.
Next, you will need to sand the damaged area down. Sanding not only removes damaged areas but also increases its ability to bond to the new epoxy. Typically we recommend using 220 grit sandpaper; however, always check with the manufacturer to determine which sandpaper is needed.
Once you have sanded the countertops, use a commercial cleaner to thoroughly clean the countertop and remove all epoxy dust particles. When cleaning the countertop ensure all traces of debris and stickiness are removed as this can prevent a strong chemical bond.
Wipe the countertop dry with a clean, absorbent towel. Then, allow the sanded area to air dry for a couple of hours to ensure the countertop surface is completely dry. Finally, pour the epoxy over the area. Epoxy is self-leveling, which means you should be able to create a seamless application with a smooth finish.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions on cure times. Typically, you must allow the epoxy to cure for 72 hours before using. The countertop surface will continue to harden and cure for about 30 days.
Your epoxy countertops should last at least 10 years when you properly care for them. Clean up all spills immediately, avoid setting hot pots and pans on the surface, and use a cutting board to protect your countertops. Unlike other countertop materials, epoxy countertops can typically be refinished should damage occur.