I’m in the middle of a kitchen renovation, and I’ve been considering my countertop options. My partner and I aren’t sure about granite or quartz because we heard there are other options out there that are cheaper and more durable.
We decided to look into epoxy countertops, which seem like they have all of the benefits we’re looking for, but we found it hard to find information about their durability. So here’s what we learned:
What are the cons of epoxy countertops?
Epoxy countertops are not as durable as granite. Epoxy is more prone to scratches and scuffs than granite, and it may also have a tendency to yellow over time.
Epoxy countertops are not as easy to clean as granite. Because epoxy can be damaged by acidic foods like citrus juices and tomatoes, you’ll want to make sure you use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals when washing your kitchen surfaces. This can make it tricky for people with children or pets who spill food often!
Epoxy countertops are more expensive than granite (but less expensive than quartz). The price of an average-sized kitchen renovation project will vary widely depending on where you live, but in most cases, a typical home improvement project will cost between $7-$10 per square foot for epoxy floors versus about $4-$6 per square foot for ceramic tile or porcelain tiles (that’s about $2700-$4000 difference).
However, if cost isn’t an issue for you then there’s really no reason why your next countertop shouldn’t be made using this amazing material!
Do epoxy resin countertops scratch easily?
- Epoxy is a hard material. It’s scratch resistant, but if you have something sharp like a knife or a key, it’s possible to scratch it.
- This is much less likely than with granite or quartz countertops, which can easily be scratched with the edge of your fingernail.
- The same goes for laminate and engineered stone counters—they’re both softer materials that are more prone to scratching than epoxy resin.
How do you maintain epoxy countertops?
Epoxy countertops are sturdy, durable, and easy to maintain. To keep your countertops looking as good as they did when you first installed them, follow these simple maintenance tips:
- Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe up spills. If you have an unsightly stain on your epoxy countertop, make sure not to use any harsh chemicals on it. You can try using a mild soap and water combination or even hydrogen peroxide for minor stains.
- Clean away debris from food preparation areas with a damp sponge or cloth. Once the area is clean of dirt and grease, dry it off with paper towels before proceeding with the next step in cleaning your epoxy countertops: buffing it down with an orbital buffer machine (see below).
Does epoxy make good countertops?
Epoxy countertops are durable and easy to maintain. Epoxy is resistant to both water and heat, which means that it won’t crack or fade when exposed to moisture or high temperatures.
Since epoxy is waterproof, it can be easier to clean than granite or other stone countertops—you don’t have to worry about spills soaking into the surface of the material and causing damage.
Because epoxy resists stains from food and drinks, you can use your kitchen counters for cooking without worrying about spills damaging your workspace.
A well-made epoxy countertop will last for many years with proper care (especially if there’s no direct sunlight shining on its surface), making them a good investment if you want a long-lasting kitchen renovation project that doesn’t require frequent maintenance work overtime.
How much does it cost to do an epoxy countertop?
The cost of epoxy countertops depends on the size of your kitchen and what type of finish you choose. The cost also varies based on the style, the number of cabinets, and the type of sink.
For example, if you’re in New York City and want a contemporary look with stainless steel sinks, it’s going to cost more than if you live in Kansas and want a traditional farmhouse look with white oak cabinets and soapstone countertops.
I was able to find several estimates online for how much different designs might cost but I wouldn’t recommend looking at these because prices change all the time depending on who’s bidding on what jobs at that moment.
What type of countertop is most durable?
- Granite is a natural stone that’s very durable. It can withstand heat, scratches, and stains without losing color or breaking down.
- Laminate countertops are made of wood, which means they’re also durable and easy to clean. They don’t scratch easily and have a good lifespan if properly maintained.
- Wood countertops are another option for homeowners who want something that looks great but isn’t as expensive as granite or marble (although still pricey!). You should keep in mind though that wood is more susceptible to staining than some other materials so you need to be careful about spills like oil or red wine on your kitchen island!
Do epoxy countertops look cheap?
The answer is no, epoxy countertops do not look cheap.
Epoxy countertops are not the cheapest option. They’re not the most expensive option, either—there are other types of materials and finishes that can be used for countertops that may cost more or less than an epoxy finish.
So what makes them worth it? Well, there are two main reasons: durability and longevity. Epoxy comes in a variety of colors and textures (many of which mimic natural stone), so you don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality if you go with this type of material.
And unlike some other kitchen surfaces like laminate or wood veneer, which can crack or peel after just a few years of use, epoxy won’t chip away at all! It’s scratch-resistant too—so even if your kids like playing hockey on the table once in a while (who am I kidding?), they won’t ruin their new space with dings and chips over time!
Are epoxy countertops cheaper than granite?
The answer to this question depends on how you look at it. The initial counters are cheaper, but the total cost of ownership is higher.
Epoxy countertops are less expensive than granite as a whole because they’re made from lower-cost materials, such as resin and pigments.
Epoxy also requires less maintenance over its lifetime than granite: It’s easier to clean and repair, although there may be some extra steps involved with the latter issue.
We hope that this article gave you a better understanding of what epoxy is and how to care for your epoxy countertops.
We also hope it helped answer any questions you may have had regarding the durability, cost-effectiveness, or maintenance required by such an investment, as well as whether this product will work in your home.
If we were unable to assist with one of those concerns then feel free to reach out at any time via our website because we are always happy when customers contact us!