Epoxy Countertops: Must Read Guide Before Using Epoxy Resin
Let's go over everything you need to know before installing epoxy countertops in your home. Learn the pros and cons of using clear epoxy resin.
What Are Epoxy Countertops?
Epoxy Countertops have been growing in popularity over the years as an option to coat your surfaces. Epoxy Resin provides a modern looking, yet cost effective way to give a protective coat your countertops and table top surfaces in your home.
There’s numerous reasons why people are choosing it over other surface finishes, most notably is that epoxy resin provides a longer lasting finish over other options, virtually unlimited design opportunities, an easy to clean surface, lack of toxic chemicals, and it’s high scratch resistance.
Advantages of Epoxy Countertops
Epoxy Coating Durability
When you’re pouring epoxy countertops or an epoxy table, you start by mixing the resin and hardener. This mixture activates both chemicals to fully cure into a completely smooth, crystal clear, and extremely hard surface after you’ve poured it. However, not all epoxy countertop kits are made equal, there are varying results from company to company when it comes to the final products clarity, hardness and scratch resistance. It’s extremely important to do your research before purchasing any resin top coat. We don’t recommend using any epoxy countertop kit that cures below a 95 on the Shore D Hardness scale.
Clear, High Gloss Finish
There’s a reason epoxy has been referred to as a “liquid glass” like coating that can be poured over any surface. The final cured product looks like a crystal clear pane of glass that has been installed over your surfaces. But unlike glass, your epoxy coating can be repaired or refreshed to look brand new if any damage or signs of use appear over the years.
Commercial grade epoxy is an extremely resilient option as a surface coating. There’s no need to re-apply or refresh the finish once or twice a year like some other finishing products. Also, once fully cured, the epoxy coating becomes a completely waterproof barrier that won’t let any moisture, spills or stains cause damage the surface beneath it. Any such spills and stains that happen on your epoxy resin table or counter top can also quickly and easily be cleaned with some warm soapy water.
Cost Effective Solution for a Professional Counter Top Finish
Due to it’s extreme versatility, the epoxy coating you add to your countertops can be made to look exactly like an expensive marble, granite, or even concrete countertop. You can add mica pigments and use other techniques to achieve virtually any final appearance on your surfaces.
Epoxy Countertops Offer Unlimited Design Potential
From adding mica powder colors, designs, or even embedding objects like stickers, bottle caps, or photos, there is no limit to how you can design your epoxy countertop to have the perfect finish for your home. If you’re looking for any inspiration or epoxy ideas to get you started, be sure to check out our customer photo gallery to see all the amazing projects that were made with our products!
For some, the most enticing thing about working with table top and bar top epoxy is that it provides more versatility and customization than any other surface coating ever could. Instead of choosing between a finish that only gives you a matte, satin, or glossy, epoxy surfaces can be made to look however you want them to! It’s a great way to use your creativity and personal touch to achieve a finish that will spark up conversations every time a friend or family member sees your countertops.
Disadvantages of Epoxy Resin Countertops
Inconsistent Quality Between Epoxy Brands
As mentioned earlier, not all epoxy countertop kits are created equally. Unless you do your due diligence and research a company’s product before purchasing it, you could be left with an inferior product and ultimately an inferior surface. One issue with using unknown epoxy products is the clarity of the resin once cured. Some epoxy resins can have a yellow, or amber tint to them after they have cured, which could potentially ruin the look of your newly installed countertops. The durability and life expectancy of these products needs to be considered as well, it may not be worth saving some money in the short term if the epoxy coating is going to get damaged and need to be re-applied all over again in the near future.
Potential of Unknown Toxic Chemicals
Some companies may use cheaper chemicals from untrusted suppliers in order to sell their products at a lower cost, but this can introduce toxic chemicals or, VOC’s, into their epoxy products. It’s not recommended to purchase epoxy from any company without seeing what product information they provide.
Companies that you can trust should be able to provide you with a Safety Data Sheet for their products that will list any potential hazards with the chemicals they’ve used. Any unknown or potentially toxic chemicals are not something you would want to use in your home.
While working on and pouring your own countertops by hand can be a fun project or new challenge for the DIY’ers out there, some people may not be able to set aside the time required to complete an epoxy project due to the curing time of epoxy. While most epoxy pours can be completed in a single weekend, that can be a deterrent for some with busy or hectic schedules.
The simplest solution to this is to find a local epoxy installer in your area to handle the project for you and get the job done right. If you don’t know where to find any companies or installers that can do this for you, simply check out our Epoxy Installers List, located under the Help tab on our website.
Amount of Tools and Supplies Required
Completing an epoxy project is a fairly simple and straightforward process that can be done by anybody, no matter their experience level.
However, if you’re not someone who has a lot of tools or empty buckets laying around, finding the supplies you need to mix and pour the epoxy may seem difficult when you don’t know where to begin. First you would need to figure out exactly what tools and supplies you would need to complete your project, then you’d have to find where to purchase them and have them ready to go when you get your epoxy.
But you don’t need to let a lack of supplies hold you back from working with epoxy, we offer pre-made epoxy tool kits. These kits include everything you need to achieve a perfect epoxy mixture and epoxy pour on your first project.
How To Get Started On An Epoxy Counter Top
The process of making an epoxy countertop isn’t as daunting as it seems. Once you’ve picked your base surface you just need to ensure that you choose the right type of resin to go along with it. For epoxy countertops, epoxy wood tables, bar tops, and other surfaces, the best option is a table top epoxy resin that is designed to work at a commercial level, and one that won’t start to yellow, fade, or crack over years of use.
You will also want to look for a self leveling epoxy that doesn’t require you to spread it across the surface with a trowel. This can lead to user related issues, like low spots or areas with just a thin layer of resin, which isn’t an issue you want to run into when it can be easily avoided.
We recommend using a top coat epoxy that cures at a depth of 1/8”. This is the ideal thickness for overall clarity and durability when it comes to epoxy coatings. Some brands may require multiple coats to achieve that depth, while others only require a single coat which is the best option.