Hello readers and welcome back to our blog, we hope you’re doing well! Today we’re reviewing a trending topic, epoxy countertops. Epoxy is making waves in the home decor and renovation industry in many forms, from floors to furniture and now countertops! We’re sure you’ve seen the rise in Etsy artists using epoxy resin to create all manner of things like knick-knacks and jewelry, but some businesses are now offering epoxy countertops as an artistic alternative to the traditional stone.
We’re always ‘team stone’ here at Stonehouse Countertops, of course but we couldn’t resist reviewing this material and providing you with new information! Let’s get started and see what epoxy countertops can really do.
When installed correctly, epoxy countertops provide a highly durable surface that’s hydrophobic and fairly resistant to heat. High heat items should never be set directly on a bare epoxy surface because ultimately, epoxy is high grade plastic. The surface area and durability of an epoxy counter would be ideal for serving areas, bars, or decorative table tops based on this fact. You may not want to have an epoxy countertop beside your stove where you could accidentally or unintentionally place a hot pot or item right onto it, and potentially cause damage to the material. Stains are another factor because though epoxy is a durable material, if spills sit for too long on an epoxy surface you may end up with permanent stain. As in permanent, permanent. Care for epoxy countertops needs to be prioritized because of this.
The appeal of epoxy countertops primarily comes from it’s artistic capabilities. A popular method of combining epoxy with worn or split wood, vintage or historic surfaces, or even completely unrelated items to create a scene within the countertop itself. There are artists that are capable of taking some blue dye, seashells, white opaque dye, sand, and epoxy to create a realistic beach scene that’s slightly transparent in some areas and holds the aesthetic appeal for the themed space. For our coastal scenery, we’ve seen this done and it’s really impressive! You’re more likely to see side and coffee table tops with this effect done, but it can be created on a larger scale for a kitchen area if someone were to request it.
Another visually appealing effect we’ve seen examples of is whenever carpenters or artisans take a piece of wood that’s been worn away or split into two, and they fill part of the space in between the gaps of wood with blue, or other colored, resin. They may include glitter, items, or a range of colorful effects to create an unforgettable design unique to that piece alone. When it comes to artistic appeal and unique works, we understand why people would be drawn to the idea of having an epoxy countertop or bar! Unfortunately, there are a list of downsides to using epoxy countertops we want to make sure you keep in mind.
If you’re interested in an epoxy countertop you need to be prepared for the entire project’s process. Installation of epoxy countertops can be messy and difficult despite what kit manufacturers might say. Some that have attempted to install their own epoxy countertops have reported that it was a ‘nightmare’ process that they only had one shot to get right. Even the most experienced DIY’ers think twice before approaching this project blindly. There are a handful of factors to take into consideration as you go through the process, and oftentimes it may be within your best interest to hire someone who is experienced with working with epoxy before attempting on your own. You’ll need to be aware of lumps, bubbles, and imperfections within your epoxy and attempt to remove them before the mixture hardens. You’ll need to be prepared for epoxy to self-level and spill over the edges of your barriers, which could make a mess otherwise. And the biggest issue people typically have with self-installation of this kind of countertop? It’s extremely difficult to get right in one shot.
Most epoxy kits will have what you need for one countertop area and unlike working with stone or pre-cut options from a stone countertop warehouse like ours, you won’t have the benefit of knowing what your final product will look like. For some, that may be exciting, but for others who are trying to tie together their kitchen’s color palette or aesthetic it could be disastrous. If something goes wrong during your initial setup, it’s not just a matter of finding a replacement stone. You would need to remove the hardened material, the surface it was meant to adhere to, replace that surface, and prepare for the next attempt. It’s not an easy process overall, so we’d recommend that if this is a project you’re interested in trying to start off small. Perhaps experiment your idea with a smaller size and learn how the material works or behaves first, before diving in the deep end with a countertop sized project?
On top of all of that, there’s the added fact that epoxy countertop kits are not typically cost effective. The kits alone from the surface areas, materials, and tools can be anywhere starting from $200, and a professional will typically charge you around $100 per square foot.
Typically, those who are seeking epoxy countertops are artistic or creative individuals seeking a specific or unique style. If after this blog you may feel wary about the possibilities of epoxy countertops, there are other artistic options to choose from! Recycled glass is a popular choice but it can be susceptible to cracking. Tile arrangements are a crafty challenge, but the grout can become a bacteria playground if not kept up with cleanliness wise. Most alternatives to countertops need to be evaluated as pros and cons for these kinds of reasons. There is a reason why stone countertops continue to be a top choice for countertop use because the list of cons and level of maintenance are significantly more appealing to the everyday person.
That doesn’t necessarily mean though that it’s impossible to have an epoxy countertop, or any of the other artistic alternatives, we’re just here to help you think it through!
Stone will remain our favorite material to utilize because it’s reliable, low maintenance for most stone types, and comes in a wide range of colors as they naturally are! You may not be able to recreate a visual beach scene with granite or quartz, but choosing a warm toned countertop could help balance out the beach theme through the rest of your room while also adding a touch of sophistication or elegance.
Have you ever tested epoxy or made things with resin? What do you think about epoxy countertops as a whole? Would you be open to the idea or are you ‘team stone’ too? Let us know in the comments below!