The bathroom is one of the home’s hardest-working spaces.The bathroom countertops do not need to be as tough as those in the kitchen. A bathroom’s relatively small footprint makes it possible to go for that high-end granite that might be too expensive to use in a larger space.
For the buyer, the selection of materials, colors, textures and finishes is a difficult job. Choice might be cool, how do you know you are making the right decision? Below you can find the information needed for making the right decision.
Stone Bathroom Countertops
If you choose granite, you are in good company. Granite and marble, have long enjoyed unrivaled dominance of the bathroom countertop market.Other types of natural stone that are fine choices for bathroom surfaces include slate, limestone, travertine and soapstone.
They vary in texture, color and markings, most natural stone shares these characteristics:
- Tough, durable and requires minimal maintenance.
- Impervious to moisture and heat.
- Lasts long.
- A profusion of colors and patterns makes each slab a singular work of art.
The disadvantages of stone are:
- As a slab is heavy and can crack if it is not properly supported, you will probably need to hire a professional installer.
- Even with periodic sealing, porous stones can be damaged by harsh cleaning products like bleach or ammonia.
- Quartz is non-porous and never needs sealing.
- Resistant to cracks, scratches and stains
- Can be custom-cut in a variety of edge and installation options
Some manufacturers have added product lines containing recycled materials, a plus if you are eco-conscious.
- Sharp objects can damage a quartz surface.
- Honed and textured finishes will need daily maintenance to remove fingerprints and other signs of use.
The solid surface has lower cost, versatility and stunning range of patterns and colors that pair particularly well with contemporary designs. Solid surface is manufactured from acrylic resin that can include crushed quartz or other stone for a realistic flecked or streaked appearance that rivals granite.
- Extremely durable and low-maintenance
- Virtually seamless
- Naturally resistant to heat, mold and stains
- Scratches and minor burns can be buffed out with fine-grade sandpaper
- Can be custom-cut with your choice of integral sink and backsplash, color inlays and lighting effects
- Requires professional installation
- Can be damaged by intense heat and heavy falling objects (not much of a problem in the bathroom)
- It is not granite.
The laminate is manufactured by pressure-bonding a thin plastic surface to a particleboard or plywood base. It was the bath and kitchen surface-of-choice in the 60’s and 70’s. You will find a huge range of solids, graphic patterns and textures, including surprisingly realistic stone and wood grain looks.
- Water-resistant and easy to clean
- Ready-made products are widely available at home supply stores.
- Laminate can wear thin or dull over time.
- Chips and dents cannot be repaired; you will probably have to replace the entire counter.