Originally Posted by kimberly13
Please tell me more -- why is it not a good countertop material? Doesn't wear well once it's finished, or because it's difficult to work with? Vertrazzo is about $100 sqft, WAYYYY out of my budget. (I had that budget set aside once, but my new windows ate my countertops.) Pricing out materials of resin and glass bits, even to practice with first, it comes to only about a third of that. What am I missing?
First, you are going to have to surface down whatever bits stick up in your new poured epoxy polymer top. Have you factored in the tools and abrasives to do this? By their nature, the glass fragments will not surface the way you had in mind just because you sunk them in curing polymer resin--even expoxy--and hoped for the best. You are going to have to grind and polish the countertop you have in mind.
An epoxy or other polymer counter can take anything you choose to spill on it. Personal fave for bar counter finishes. Last and least fave choice for a working kitchen. Cannot cut on the surface. Will scare it in seconds with a hot pot.
Polymers of most any kind cannot take the heat of any hot pot you accidentally set on them. A polymer countertop will look really crappy if you take a cutting knife to it or if your kids toss things on it. And just try to repair it in a few years. Cannot.
I guess I get a great discount on countertops for my clients. They don't pay anywhere near approaching $100sf for stuff, even hand carved out of Italian quaries, by naked singing nymphs from what I can I can gather. My glass people deliver nice thick countertops for under that price point. You might want to call in an interior designer or someone like me near you if you are accustomed to paying that much? Retail?
And to answer your basic question? A polymer countertop is going to end up a large piece of plastic, by any other name, when the day ends. Go with something better and that works in your kitchen.