If you’re thinking of epoxy countertops, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about epoxy countertop installation and show you how to do it yourself.
If this is your first time reading about epoxy countertops or if it’s been some time since your last visit, we recommend going through our How to Epoxy Countertops page before delving into this article:
How much does it cost to have countertops epoxy?
The cost of epoxy countertops can vary depending on the size and complexity of your project, but it’s generally between $2 and $4 per square foot. A typical kitchen should fall somewhere between $500 and $1,500.
The cost of epoxy countertops is usually around 5% more than standard laminate countertops—but if you’re looking for an eco-friendly alternative that will last for decades with minimal upkeep, this may be well worth it!
What do I need to epoxy my countertops?
To begin the process of epoxying your countertops, you’ll need to gather these materials:
- Clean, dry, and smooth countertop surface. Not all surfaces are created equal. If there’s any chance that your countertop is not completely flat or smooth, it’s best to bring in a professional for the job.
- Epoxy resin. This can be found at most home improvement stores and comes in two parts—resin and hardener—that must be mixed together with water before use. You’ll also need mixing cups, mixing sticks (make sure they are clean), and an epoxy mixing tray (if you don’t have one already).
- Epoxy gloves. The epoxy will stick to anything you touch during application; it’s best just not to touch anything at all until everything has hardened fully unless you want sticky fingers forevermore!
If possible, wear safety glasses while working with these materials as well as an optional mask over your mouth and nose if there is any chance of inhaling fumes from mixing up the resin or hardener before using them on any surface other than yourself (epoxy resin can cause respiratory distress).
Can you epoxy over laminate countertops?
If you want to epoxy over laminate countertops, it will not work. Laminate
is not made for epoxy. It’s also not made for hot pots and pans.
The bottom line is that these materials are incompatible; it’s just not going to work out in the long run. If you do decide to continue with this project, you can expect your new countertop to have problems within a few years’ time, which includes lifting and peeling off at odd angles (it’s likely they won’t be as level as they once were).
How do you epoxy countertops step by step?
- Clean the countertops
- Mix the epoxy
- Pour the epoxy
- Brush on the epoxy and let it dry
How long do epoxy countertops last?
Epoxy countertops are durable and long-lasting. However, the lifespan of an epoxy countertop depends on the epoxy used.
Some brands are designed to last 20 years or more, while others are only meant to be used for a few years. Epoxies that have a longer lifespan will be more expensive than those made with less durable materials.
A good rule of thumb is that if you want your countertop to last for 10 years or more, expect the cost per square foot to increase by 50% or more over what it would cost if you were planning on getting a countertop that only lasts 5 years.
Does epoxy scratch easily?
Yes, epoxy countertops are very scratch-prone. The good news is that you can get a protective laminate or glass top to put over your epoxy.
If you have an open sink in your kitchen (or are planning to install one), you can also choose from a variety of solid surface tops that will go well with your sink and appliances.
How thick should epoxy countertop be?
Let’s break down the thicknesses of epoxy countertops in further detail.
- Use a 1/4-inch epoxy for most applications (kitchen, bathroom, bar, and other spaces). For example, you can use 1/4-inch epoxy for your kitchen island and it will still be thick enough to provide a durable surface that won’t scratch or stain. You’ll also find that 1/4-inch epoxy costs less than thicker options because it takes less material to produce your countertop.
- Use 3/4-inch epoxy on kitchen counters if they’re subject to lots of heavy use or if you want extra durability. For example, if you have kids who love baking cookies together or adults who enjoy hosting parties where food gets thrown around like water balloons at a birthday party (you know who you are), then 3/4-inch might be a better choice than 1/2-inch because it offers more cushioning against wear and tears over time.
- Use 1″ thickness for bathroom counters because these areas tend to get wet frequently from hot showers, which means moisture may cause damage over time with thinner materials like 1/2″. Of course, this doesn’t mean every bathroom needs an inch thick surface—if yours has just one sink and no shower then going with half an inch would probably suffice—but if there’s more than one shower head running at once then go ahead and grab yourself some extra protection!
Which epoxy is best for countertops?
Epoxy is a durable, low-maintenance material that makes an excellent choice for countertops. It’s relatively easy to apply and requires no special skills to do so.
Epoxy can also be colored during application, which gives you the freedom to choose from a variety of colors and patterns.
If you’re looking for an alternative to harsh chemicals like acrylic sealers or waxes, epoxy is an excellent option because it doesn’t require any chemical additives in order to cure properly.
Once cured, this material will provide you with years of beautiful results without requiring any further maintenance or repair work down the road!
So, there you have it. Epoxy countertops are a great way to upgrade your home and the perfect way to make an outdated kitchen look new again.
If you’re ready to start your own project and want more information on how much epoxy countertops cost or what materials you need then check out our previous blog post about that here!