How to Choose the Right Bathroom Countertop
Your bathroom countertop needs to be durable. Beyond the soap and water we wash our hands with, bathroom countertops interact with a variety of products throughout the day: hairspray, liquid and powder makeup, facial cleansers, shaving cream, harsh cleaning supplies, etc. They also have to withstand changes in temperature from hair straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers.
From a , bathroom countertops are often the meeting point of different materials in the bathroom. Your wooden cabinets and your bathroom mirror, for example, or your tile walls and your rustic faucets either make sense or look out of place depending on the type of countertop you choose.
Our Greater Lansing bathroom designers can help you choose the right countertop for your bathroom. But first, let’s take a look at .
Types of Countertops
- Ceramic/porcelain tile
Granite may be having a moment right now, but don’t let its high popularity make you think it’s just another passing trend. It’s popular for good reason: with its heat-resistant properties, it makes an ideal countertop material not just for bathrooms, but also for kitchens.
Just because granite is popular doesn’t mean your bathroom will look like everyone else’s. Granite is a unique material; because of how it’s produced, no two countertops will ever look alike. That means you can have a lot of creativity with the colors and patterns you choose for your countertop.
On the other hand, granite is more porous than other options, meaning it stains more easily. However, you can have the surface resealed annually to protect your investment.
Ceramic/Porcelain Tile Countertops
Ceramic or porcelain tiles can look traditional or modern, depending on how you use them. They also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Unfortunately, ceramic and porcelain aren’t very strong materials, so the tiles may crack over time. Also, grout lines require a lot of maintenance to keep them from looking discolored or dirty.
If you can’t afford granite or quartz countertops but want a similar look, then solid-surface may be the right option. It’s made of acrylic, polyester, and resin and comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Although easy to clean, solid-surface countertops aren’t as heat resistant as real granite or quartz, so they may not be the right choice for people who use straighteners or curling irons on a regular basis.
If your budget is really tight, then laminate countertops may be the way to go. This lightweight material is fairly inexpensive and can be used in a pinch in a small bathroom or guest bathroom where function is more important than style. However, for a master bathroom or a full remodel, it can look a bit unimpressive.
It’s always hard to predict trends, but designers are keeping their eye on to dethrone granite as the king of countertop materials. Quartz countertops are actually a blend of quartz, other minerals, resins, and pigments. As an engineered material, quartz comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
Quartz countertops are stronger and less porous than natural stone countertops like granite, which means they won’t stain or crack as easily. However, they aren’t as heat resistant as granite.
Which Type of Countertop Is Best for Your Bathroom?
Ultimately, only you can decide which countertop material will fit best in your bathroom. However, if you’re leaning toward granite or quartz, or want to know more about either of these materials, call us.
Our Greater Lansing bathroom designers have returned again and again to granite and quartz to produce beautiful, custom bathroom countertops for our clients. Although there are pros and cons for each, we’ve found that these materials are durable and fit a number of styles, whether you’re aiming for a more traditional bathroom or something completely modern.