While choosing a countertop may not seem as important as choosing the kitchen countertop, it is still a major factor. People are arguably in the bathroom as much, or even more than their kitchen!
This means that you should really think about what kind of look and feel that you want in your bathroom. This article will focus on five tips to choosing your bathroom countertops.
Granite and Marble
There are many benefits to having a marble or granite countertop or bathtub. These materials are extremely hard and non-porous. This means that they are very tough, and will withstand water extremely well so there will be less cracks or chips.
While granite more expensive is also very stain resistant. There are usually a lot of different bathroom products that have a lot of chemicals. If they get spilled you don’t want them to stain your brand new countertop!
With marble, it is less expensive and comes in more unique patterns and styles, but it does need to be sealed once in awhile to maintain its effectiveness.
These two types of bathroom countertops are the best of the best in terms of quality, style, and elegance. They are also the most maintenance free and need to be cleaned less frequently.
The best parts about having a laminate countertop is that is quite inexpensive and is also very versatile in terms of colours and patterns. Some of the newer styles can even look like granite or another solid surface.
The fact that laminate is cheaper than the other countertop styles is probably its biggest advantage. Laminate can be generalized to being about half the cost of granite or marble.
A wood surface for your bathroom countertops can provide a very rustic, organic, and inviting feel. However, it is obviously a very porous material that, if not properly sealed, will lead to rotting and some expensive repairs.
It also means that the wood has to be bigger and thicker than other materials to better withstand the heat and water of the bathroom. It also means that you might need to change your plumbing around to accommodate the thicker wood.
Quartz or quartzite is one of the strongest materials on the market for your bathroom countertops. It is becoming very popular as the most commonly used in new houses as well as renovations in older homes.
Quart is extremely durable and tough because it is made with at least 90 % quartz, some as high as 93 %. It also does not require sealing and because it is manufactured, you can get the style that you want. As mentioned, it is extremely popular and this means that there are now over 200 different styles and patterns to choose from.
The great thing about tile is that it is inexpensive and offers the widest variety of colours, textures and patterns. It can be a lot of work, installing all the little pieces in the right order or pattern but a solution to this is to buy bigger tiles. Larger tiles are more popular today because they use less grout.
The number one drawback for tile is the grout that has to be cleaned on a more constant basis than the other countertop styles. However, with larger tiles there is less grout to be cleaned.
Whichever style you decide on for your bathroom countertop will have its pros and cons. Choose the one that best suits what is most important to you. The biggest differences are colour, durability, and obviously price. Any style you do chose will be great and represent exactly what you want for your bathroom!