If you're looking to install a professional quality countertop in your kitchen, home laboratory or other workspace, epoxy resin countertops are among the best surfaces you can buy. These sturdy countertops are extremely resistant to wear, tear, damage of a variety of types, stains and other concerns as well. They are often used in laboratory work because of their resistance to chemical damage from a wide array of different solutions as well. Therefore, epoxy resin countertops are great for people who tend to work their counters hard and cause a lot of damage for different reasons. However, you'll want to keep certain considerations in mind before making or installing epoxy resin countertops, including the cost.
Average Cost of Epoxy Resin Countertops
Epoxy resin countertops oftentimes cost quite a bit more than virtually any other type of laminate or plastic-based countertop surface. They are comparable in price to the highest cost natural stone or wood countertops. It's not uncommon for epoxy resin countertops to cost on the scale of $100 to $200 per square foot for premade countertops that may not even be to your exact specifications. For large countertop surfaces, this cost can increase very quickly and can easily exceed your remodeling budget. Because epoxy resin countertops are also often used in larger laboratories, the cost factor can be tremendous if that is your situation.
Cost of Installation
Another factor to consider is the cost of installation. Epoxy resin countertops are not particularly difficult to install, but they will require either substantial effort on your part or the cost of hiring a contractor to do it for you. In either case, don't be surprised if the cost of installation exceeds the cost of the countertops themselves in either your own time or in hiring a specialist. Plan to add several hundred dollars on to the cost of the materials themselves for a countertop installation of normal size in a kitchen or other residential space, and more if you're installing a larger number of countertops than that.
Although the cost of installing and purchasing epoxy resin countertops is greater than that for most other types of plastic or laminate countertop material, you should keep in ind that the high quality of these materials and their durability over the long term will mean that you'll need to take less time and effort (and money) to keep them in good shape for years to come. You can expect your epoxy resin countertops to last longer than many other types of counter materials, meaning that you'll have to replace them much less frequently. Therefore, the long term costs of epoxy resin countertops may be more worthwhile for some people, depending upon their situation.