Choosing a Bathroom Countertop Surface
Whether you are remodeling a bathroom or choosing what to install in a newly constructed space, there are various options to consider when it comes to the picking out counters. Bathrooms often are smaller, enclosed, and frequently moist areas, threatening the fixtures inside with potential of water damage, mold, and more. The bathroom is often a highly used space that needs quality furnishings that can withstand wear and tear that come with daily use. Most people consider it a priority to choose a countertop surface that is easy to clean, easy to care for, and can withstand the elements in the bathroom – heat, moisture, and frequent use. Of course, budget plays an important role in determining countertop choice, and luckily there are a wide range of materials available within various budgets, so don’t let your budget dictate your choice.
MARBLE & GRANITE:
Granite or marble countertops are among the premium option for bathroom counters, but even on a small budget, you should not exclude them from being considered. This long-lasting, durable surface adds excellent value when you go to resell your home. So, over time, it could end up paying for itself. Granite will be more stain-resistant than marble, however, granite does require periodic resealing. For more about sealing granite, read this. Since bathrooms often require a small amount of material, using remnants is another way someone on a smaller budget can reap the benefits of stone countertops.
You may find more color options of quartz than with marble or granite since it’s an engineered stone, and not limited by nature. It’s also the most stain-resistant stone, however, it cannot withstand heat as well as natural stone like granite or marble. You may find quartz countertops to be equivalent or higher in price than marble and granite.
A very commonly used surface for bathroom counters is laminate because it is inexpensive and generally stands up to water and is stain-resistant. Things to beware of with laminate are the risk of burning (for example, from a curling iron) and cracking or peeling off the surface.
Tile countertops offer a wide range of color and design options, giving the ability to drastically change the look and feel of your overall bathroom appearance. While tile can be inexpensive and easy to install, it does take more care than other surfaces. The grout, in between tiles, also traps grease, messes, and stains more easily than solid surfaces. Tile will be more prone to cracking or breaking compared to other surfaces.
Tip: If you like the look and color variety of tile, you can integrate it as a backsplash above the countertop rather than using it for the countertop surface.
While there are pros and cons to every bathroom countertop surface, figuring out which features are most important to you can be tricky. Use this chart to guide you in the many options you have to consider.
Comparison of Bathroom Countertop Surface Options