Your Bathroom’s Identity
One of the most private spaces in our homes has to be our bathrooms. Because of this, it’s important to choose bathroom countertop materials that gel the closest to this identity. Our homes are one of the most personal representations of who we are to our families and to our guests.
Every detail and especially every material communicates the feelings we want to covey as we live and host in our homes. So, in light of this, we’re going to give you the rundown on how to know you’re choosing the right bathroom countertop materials for your home.
One factor to consider in all these choices is the durability of your bathroom countertop. Kitchens get all the credit when it comes to opportunities for wear and tear but don’t count out your bathroom from this. Bathroom countertops make contact will many more elements than you can imagine. This includes water, heat from styling devices, and oil and makeup. We’ll be touching upon this for each option.
Granite countertops are excellent for bathroom countertops. Their aesthetic communicates class and they are guaranteed to elevate the feel of your bathroom. Granite is a natural stone and no two pieces of granite are the same. So you’ll be guaranteed that your bathroom will have it’s own beauty and identity. There are also so many choices when it comes to styles that you’ll be guaranteed to find the perfect style for your bathroom.
Granite countertops are heat resistant but are porous which makes them susceptible to stains. Luckily you can safeguard from this by resealing your surface every 6-12 months.
Marble is granite’s main competitor when it comes to elegance. It comes partly from it also being a natural stone with so much character but also because it has its own style. The key aesthetic characteristic that draws people to marble is the beautiful veining found on its surfaces. You’ll also have many choices to pull from when it comes to styles of marble for your bathroom.
Marble does not have as good of a heat resistance as marble but it’s still able to take heat well for shorter periods of time. The one weakness is that marble is softer than granite which means you’ll have to be careful with harder objects that could damage your surfaces.
Quartz countertops are in the engineered stone area which means that they are a composite of more than 90% quartz and the remaining parts are made up of polyester resins and pigments. The main benefit of getting engineered stone like Quartz is that it’s incredibly durable.
You’ll also have a high about of customization with styles and the color is more uniform across the surface. Quartz also shines when it comes to specialized edging
The two main things to consider is budget and heat resistance. A lot of skill goes into providing quality quartz surfaces so they often come at a high price than natural stone. You do get every penny’s worth as it will be an immaculate upgrade to your new bathroom.
Quartz countertops do lack the heat resistance of natural stone. They can be damaged when exposed to high temperatures which can be common with beauty appliances.
Solid Surface Countertops
Solid surface countertops fall under the engineered stone category. This is because they too are made up of a composite of multiple materials. There are a few suppliers that are well known for providing solid surface materials including Corian which is by far the most popular.
The benefits of solid surface countertops include virtually enviable seams, high levels of color and style customization, and that they’re very easy to repair if you have an issue. They’re also more affordable than the options above and they’re non-porous so you never need to seal them.
The only point of weakness is its lack of durability to heat and impacts. Thankfully a great workaround for this is just to have a higher level of caution when it comes to what you do around your countertop.
There are a ton of options in all of these bathroom countertop materials. There’s absolutely one for every type of home or business owner. We’re here to answer any questions you might have and we highly recommend stopping into one of our showrooms or use our bathroom visualizer tool found here.