The top surface material
Choosing the perfect material for one’s bathroom countertops can be a bit of a brain teaser, thanks to the abundant — and quite attractive — options available at nearly every price level. But because bathroom surfaces typically don’t face the same abuse as those in the kitchen (think hot frying pans, sharp carving knives and spilled Bordeaux), the decisions most buyers wrestle with are usually more about style and cost than Herculean strength. Fortunately, the top bathroom countertop materials on the market combine beauty and brawn in equal measure.
Granite remains the premier choice among the varieties of natural stone, due to its dramatic beauty and seemingly endless variety of colors and patterns.
- A profusion of options: With patterns from subtle to bold and a rainbow of hues, you’re sure to find a slab that speaks your language.
- Granite is hard and scratch resistant, and requires minimal upkeep when properly sealed.
- It’s impervious to humidity or damage from a hot curling iron.
- It lasts just about forever.
- Because granite is so desirable, it’s likely to add resale value to your home.
- Granite is still one of the most expensive countertop choices.
- Because there’s a real chance of damaging the slab if it isn’t handled properly, it’s best to hire a professional to do the job.
- Though granite is recyclable, its transport and mining require extensive energy resources.
For centuries marble’s cool elegance has been synonymous with wealth and privilege. But thanks to improvements in its production, this rare beauty has become a bit more affordable. A hard, crystalline form of limestone, marble is often white with streaks of grays, although there are many color variations.
- Long lasting and strong enough to resist most chips or dents.
- Can be polished for a high shine or honed for a casual, matte finish.
- Adaptable to nearly every style.