Surface Renew’s process for refinishing countertops is a very cost effective alternative to replacement. Replacing the countertops could cost 4 to 5 times more than resurfacing them. A countertop refinished by Surface Renew will have the same durability as a new countertop – and unlike a new countertop, it is guaranteed. Again, unlike a new countertop, if your countertop is ever damaged, it can be touched up.
We have two types of countertop alternatives to choose from. Our Traditional option is designed to look like a laminate countertop where we apply a solid base coat (the color of your choosing). We then can splatter in additional accent colors to give your countertops an up-to-date new look.
Our RenewStone countertops have become very popular due to the dramatic transformation your kitchen will undergo for a very low cost. We are able to splatter mutilple colors over a base coat to give your kitchen a modern up-to-date look.
Please go to the 5 RenewStone Colors section to see examples that you may choose from.
Why should I resurface my countertop?
The main reason that most customers resurface their countertops is to change the color. Many kitchens have countertops that are in good shape, but the color is out of date. They are tired of having to decorate around old out-dated colors.
At Surface Renew, we apply a new finish over the existing countertop. The color is changed without having to go through the time and expense of replacement. You will get a new finish that will look like a new countertop. The new finish is strong and durable enough to last for many years.
Your new finish will act like a laminate surface; if you cut it with a sharp knife - it will have a cut mark; if you place a scalding hot pan on it - it will burn. In other words, you will have to take the same precautions not to damage the surface as with any countertop. However, if you do damage the new finish - it can be touched up, since it is applied as a liquid. This cannot be done on a new laminate countertop.
What is the new finish?
The finish that we apply is called an aliphatic acrylic polyurethane. This is a high quality 2-part urethane that was invented by NASA a number of years ago. It is now used anywhere that a hard, long lasting, durable finish is needed - other examples would be airliners and ocean liners.
The advantages of this finish over other products is:
- - Resistance to abraision and scratching (holds up to normal wear and tear)
- - Impact resisitance (won't crack or chip under normal circumstances)
- - Resistance to extreme temperatures
- - Color retention (won't yellow like epoxy coatings)
This finish has been modified for use in the resurfacing industry. Other resurfacing companies may call their product or process something unique or special, but the reality is that all of the top resurfacing companies will be using this finish.
You do need to be aware that there are companies who will use an inferior product to cut costs (our coating is very expensive). This causes problems because these products will not hold up over the long term. You should make sure that whoever you choose to perform your resurfacing is using a high quality 2-part urethane.
What is the process?
As is the key to any job, the prep work is essential. After making sure that the countertop is completely clean, we sand the countertop. This sanding takes off the gloss from the original finish and etches the surface. Millions of microscopic holes are opened on the original surface of the countertop. This will allow the new finish to penetrate into the old surface and create an outstanding bond.
We then fill in any significant chips or holes. We then once again thoroughly clean and dry the countertop. We mask off all around the countertop and the sink, hang plastic sheets, and put tarps on the floor. We are in effect creating a spray booth in the kitchen.
We then mix a colored resin with a catalyst. A chemical reaction takes place and the new finish begins to harden. We have a couple of hours to work with it while it is still a liquid. The finish coat is then applied to the countertop using a spray system. It then penetrates and bonds onto the old surface. Because the new finish is applied as a liquid, it molds to the old countertop and backsplash. You will also find that your countertop will now be non-porous and should clean much easier than before.
The result is a countertop that looks better, lasts longer, and cleans easier.
How do I figure out the cost?
Unlike the other items that we refinish, we cannot give you a definite price on our website. There are a number of variables that go into determining the price. Obviously, the most important is size of the countertop.
We are happy to come out and provide you with a no cost estimate. We can also show you samples at that time for you to look at in your own kitchen.
Typically, the cost to refinish a kitchen countertop is between $300 and $700 depending on the size and type of finish that you select.
How long does the process take?
Most kitchen countertops can be resurfaced in less than 4 hours. However, the countertop should not be used for 24 hours after we are through. Fleckstone countertops take a 2nd trip the next day to apply a clear coat finish.
How do I care for my new finish?
You should not use abrasive cleaners like Comet or Ajax, even Soft Scrub has some mild abrasives in it. However, you won't need to use abrasive cleaners since the new finish will be non-porous and the dirt and grime should wipe away much easier than before.
You can use any liquid dish soap with a degreaser for cleaning.
Does the process smell?
The compounds that we now use are low VOC and environmentally friendly. Solvents have been dramatically reduced. The new lower VOC’s compounds result in a significantly lower smell that dissipates much quicker than older technology - without sacrificing any of the strength and durability our work is known for.
The smell is not dangerous - only annoying. as with any smell, it will bother some individuals more that others.
Is the new finish guaranteed?
Yes - Surface Renew guarantees work done in your home for 5 years. We guarantee against fading, peeling, or crazing. Our guarantee is 5 years longer than a new countertop.
Before and Renewed
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