Stone epoxy resin goes by many names, like solid surface, manufactured stone, epoxy resin – and others. It comprises natural stone dust from quartz or marble, epoxy, acrylic resin, bauxite, and pigments or dyes to add color. Stone epoxy looks like natural stone but can be manufactured to form any shape, like bathtubs, basins, and other unusual shapes.
The main advantage is the equivalency in the attributes of stone resin. Like granite countertops, the resin is resistant to water, features heat-resistant characteristics, and is extremely durable.
Manufactured stone resin surfaces were first implemented in laboratory settings, because of their resistance to scratches, dents, and impact damage. The resin surface, unlike other surfaces, is not altered in appearance by exposure to ultraviolet rays, and the non-porous surface is ideal for easy sanitizing and disinfecting.
It is no wonder that stone epoxy made its way to restaurant kitchens, and eventually private homes. Stone resin is great for kitchens, because the surface withstands damage from stains and natural agitates, like grape juice, lemon juice, or bleach. And the non-porous surface of the stone resin is resistant to bacteria and fungus that hide in tiny crevices of natural stone.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF CHOOSE A STONE COAT EPOXY?
Stone Epoxy countertops are manufactured products, and the quality and aesthetic of different manufacturers can widely vary. At the end of the day, natural stone offers an earthy beauty and consistent characteristics no matter where it comes from. But, natural stone countertops must be maintained with more regularity than stone resin.
Natural stone is more elegant, whereas stone resin offers a more functional alternative. But, the final decision is based on which material fits your project and satisfies your aesthetic desires.
Talk to an Epoxy Design Group representative for more information on resin countertops vs. natural stone countertops for your kitchen or bathroom.
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