Renovations are a big undertaking. Before jumping into one, you’ll want to do as much research as possible to make sure you’re making the best decisions for your home now and in the years to come. Following up on last month’s bathroom cabinet materials blog, this blog takes a look at bathroom countertop materials. From laminate to marble to quartz, countertop materials all have their pros and cons. Let’s take a look!
Laminate, otherwise known as Formica, is made of plywood or particle board that’s pressure-bonded with a thin layer of plastic on the top. One of the most appealing things about laminate countertops is the array of looks to choose from, including wood- and stone-like finishes, graphic, and solid patterns. It’s a great choice for those working with a tight budget but who still care about aesthetics. Plus, it’s easy to clean and it’s water-resistant. One con to keep in mind is that it’s not easy to repair. Its thin plastic surface requires that the whole counter be replaced if it is damaged.
Concrete has become an increasingly popular choice in recent years. Its eco-friendly and durable nature makes it a practical purchase; however, it does require some upkeep, including waxing and sealing. Concrete is a great choice for people who need unique shaping, as it can be cast into whatever configuration and dimensions are required.
Ceramic tile is another great choice for people on a budget--plus the options are endless! Whether you’re going for a beachy or Spanish colonial vibe, tiles can make a space pop with customizable colors and patterns. While tiles can chip or crack, they can be individually replaced quite easily. Just make sure to scrub the grout every now and then to keep it from staining or growing mildew!
Solid-surface countertops include crushed stone and acrylic resin. They’re great for people who want the look of natural stone without the price tag. They’re also very customizable, which can be fun if you like to play with color and patterns. Just be careful, as heavy or heated products can easily damage the surface.
Granite is one of the most popular natural stone surfaces. It can be found in a variety of patterns and colors and can withstand hot temperatures and hair tools. Extremely durable and easy to maintain, granite will likely add resale value to your home! Just keep in mind that while granite itself is eco-friendly, the energy that’s required to mine and transport it is not.
Marble is an enviable countertop. Made of limestone, marble is not only beautiful but extremely durable, which makes chipping or denting it unlikely. It also is available in a variety of colors, making it a great choice for any home style. Just make sure to seal it occasionally to maintain its beautiful finish.
Last but not least is quartz. While it’s a pricier countertop material, quartz is resistant to bacteria, stains, and moisture, making it a great choice for restrooms. Elegant and versatile, it just needs to be wiped down regularly, as smudges and fingerprints can be quite visible.
Whether you’re hoping to do a complete bathroom remodel or just a few renovations, we highly recommend that you consult a designer before beginning your project. The designers at Kitchen & Bath Ideas have a combined 100+ years of experience to help make your dream home both functional and affordable. Contact us today for a free consultation!
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