Epoxy Resin Countertops
Resin is a type of solid surface countertop but with more variations. It is produced in a pleasing array of colors and textures.
Pros and Cons of Resin Countertops: On the plus side, resin counters are very durable, impact-resistant and very easy to clean. Most hold their color very well, even in direct sunlight. Small scratches or nicks can be sanded out of the countertop. Newer resin tops can be made with less pigment, giving them a semi-opaque, translucent quality. This is ideal for backlighting the countertops, giving them a very unique appearance. The key potential negative for resin countertops is the lack of consistent quality from brand to brand. Look for acrylic or 100% Solids Epoxy Resin Countertops and avoid polyester resin countertops.
CounterFIT LLC uses commercial grade 100% solids epoxy resins.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Resin Countertops
How do these countertops stack up against other types you may be considering? These resin countertop pros and cons will give you an idea of what you can expect as you compare this option head to head with your other options.
Strengths: The two necessities in quality bathroom and kitchen countertops are attractive appearance and durability. Resin countertops excel in both categories.
In terms of their durability, you may be interested to know that before being adapted for use in the kitchen, resin countertops were primarily used in laboratories, where they are still in wide use. Acrylic resin countertops are resistant to impact, staining, UV rays, scratches and heat. Most also resist damage from the types of acids found in wine, tomato products and other foods.
In terms of appearance, the level of coloration in the resin can be regulated to produce a variety of effects. Solid colors are very popular, but many homeowners opt for resin countertops with less pigment – producing a semi-translucent effect that can be very attractive. When the bathroom or kitchen countertop is not fully opaque, backlighting that shines into and through the material can be used to produce a very unique appearance. Hundreds of color choices are available.
Resin countertops are non-porous. They don’t support the growth of bacteria or fungus. They clean up quickly and easily with common household cleaners.
A final strength worth noting, these countertops can be quite affordable.
Weaknesses: The biggest drawback to consider when shopping for resin countertops is the lack of consistency among products. Not all resin bathroom and kitchen countertops are created equal. As noted, polymer acrylic resin is preferred to polyester resin. Corian, one of the most durable and highly-rated solid surface countertop materials is made exclusively from acrylic polyester.
Who Should Consider Resin Countertops?
Since they have a decidedly contemporary look to them, resin countertops are popular with those crafting a clean, sleek and modern style. It’s common for homeowners to first consider them because they couldn’t find anything else they liked – and then fell in love with the look, style and color possibilities provided by quality resin countertops.
What is an Epoxy Coating
An epoxy coating is the use of epoxy compounds as coatings over existing surfaces. It is generally two parts, which are mixed prior to application and consist of an epoxy resin that is cross-linked with a hardener.
Epoxy coatings are formulated based on the end product's performance requirements . When properly catalyzed and applied, epoxies produce a hard, chemical and solvent resistant finish. It is the specific selection and combination of the epoxy and hardener components that determine the final characteristics and suitability of the epoxy coating for a given environment.
Epoxy coatings are created through the generation of a chemical reaction that uses an epoxide resin and polyamine hardener. When these two chemicals are combined, the result is a process known as curing, which can take between several minutes to several hours and turns the liquid epoxy coating into an extremely strong and durable solid, often with strong mechanical properties, as well as resistance to high temperatures and chemicals. Because of these properties, these materials provide significant advantages over one-component coatings.
Epoxy coatings are formulated with optimum levels of a hardener for a given level of epoxy resin. The ratio differs from product to product. The use of an improper hardener may result in an under catalyzed or over catalyzed product. Many epoxy coatings require a specified induction time to fully mix the epoxy resin and the hardener. Lower temperatures and/or high humidity generally require longer induction periods. Water-based primers require sufficient curing prior to top coating. Otherwise, discoloration, low gloss and possibly delamination result.
Epoxy coatings are popular because they provide a quick-drying, tough and protective coating. Unlike traditional heat cured powder coatings, epoxy coatings are quick and easy to apply, making them ideal for a number of applications. For example, they are typically used on concrete and steel to give resistance to water, alkali and acids. Metal cans and containers are often coated with epoxy to prevent rusting.
Epoxy resins are also used for floor application. Their low volatility and easy water clean up make them useful for factory cast iron, cast steel and cast aluminum applications, and reduces exposure and flammability issues associated with solvent borne coatings. They are usually used in industrial, automotive and marine applications. Furthermore, fusion bonded epoxy powder coatings are extensively used for corrosion protection of steel pipes and fittings used in the oil and gas industry, portable water transmission pipelines (steel) and reinforcing bars.
Countertop Rock Face Edging
Turn your current flat edges into chiseled rock! Our rock edging option adds real rock to otherwise flat formica, linoleum, wood, tile, granite or marble edges.
Check out our pricing page for more information.
CounterFIT uses NON-VOC epoxy.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are emitted by different gases and solids such as paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, and craft materials including adhesives and permanent markers.
According to the EPA, levels of select organic pollutants were found to be 2 to 5 times higher inside a home than outside it.
Even years after application, paints and finishes can release low level toxic emissions into the air.
That’s why it’s important to choose low and zero VOC products. It’s especially important when selecting paint as it remains in the home for several years.
Our epoxies are only low and zero VOC, so not only do they provide superior coverage, hide, and durability, they help maintain healthy indoor air quality.
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