Bathroom countertops can not be boring. Many people think so, as much more emphasis isplaced on kitchen counters, their materials, styles, edge design, etc., andbathroom counters take a back seat. Let’s consider five bathroom counters tofind which one is the best choice for you.
Designer shave different ideas on the question of installing ceramic or granite tile in bathrooms. One of the advantages is cost: ceramic tile is much cheaper thangranite, making it an affordable bathroom countertop choice.The main reason isbecause tile of any material easily becomes a do-it-yourself option. Tile iseasy to transport, lay out, cut, mortar, and grout.
One difference between using tile for kitchen vs. bathroom counters is that inkitchens it is desirable to reduce the number and length of seams. That meansthat slab granite, solid-surface materials, and even concrete are best in the kitchen, because they have the fewest seams. Yet in bathrooms, seamsare not as much of a consideration.
Ifyour vision of laminate countertops is that of the ugly, metal-edged laminates of yore, you need to spend a little time looking at top manufacturers’ products. The look has improved so much that, even upon close examination, laminate can pass for granite or other natural stone.
One of the disadvantages of the laminate is the hollow and insubstantial feeling ofthe particleboard core base.Laminate is for installations in guest bathrooms, basements, or other areas that are not used very often. It is not recommended for high-end installations. Even though premium laminate looks better than past laminates, it still is not considered appropriate for higher-ticket houses.
Solid surface was long considered to be the popular choice for bathroom counters asthe material combines flexibility and functionality with true style.It should be noted that these counters can scorch on contact with hot bathroom implements such as curling irons. The solid surface is advised to use for middle-of-the-road installations for yourself or even for making the house ready for sale.
Granite Slab or Modular Counters
Eventhough slab granite is a popular bathroom counter choice, it is worth considering something called modular granite. Modular granite comes in sheets that are smaller than slab, yet larger than traditional granite tile. This provides an opportunity for you to lay down bathroom counters by yourself, andstill keep the seams to a bare minimum. And because bathroom counters tend to be smaller than kitchen counters, you are looking at perhaps no more than twoor three fairly unobtrusive seams.
Quartz Bathroom Countertops
Quartz counters are over 90% organic quartz composition, with the rest made up of pigments and binders. Quartz looks remarkably like granite. In some cases andin the opinion of some owners the quartz looks even better than granite. Thus, one of the advantages of quartz bathroom counters is the look of granite without the hassle of granite maintenance, but the cost can meet, or exceed, that of slab granite.