Popular bathroom counter materials – pros and cons

Choosing the perfect material for your bathroom counter tops is one of the most fun aspects of a bathroom remodel.  It can be confusing, however, because there are so many choices available today.  Here is a closer look at the most popular bathroom counter materials and their pros and cons.  In order from most expensive to least expensive, they are:

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Marble

Beautiful and elegant, marble has always been associated with wealth.  Over the years, with improvements in production, it has become more affordable.  Marble is commonly white with streaks of gray but there are many other color variations as well.

Pros:

  • Long lasting and strong – resists most chips and dents
  • Timeless and elegant look

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • It’s porous so it’s prone to stains and scratches
  • Requires periodic sealing to maintain its finish

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Concrete

Incredibly versatile, concrete allows for an endless array of textures, colors, and looks.

Pros:

  • Can be made in virtually any shape, dimensions, and edge style
  • Very durable – virtually indestructible
  • Wide range of colors and textures
  • Organic material that is relatively eco-friendly

Cons:

  • Not DIY-friendly. Use a professional for installation.
  • Requires periodic waxing and sealing
  • Expensive

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Quartz

Quartz is one of the most durable and hardest materials.  Popular brand names include Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone.

Pros:

  • Not porous – resists stains, moisture, and bacteria, and does not require sealing
  • Wide variety of colors and styles
  • Extremely tough and durable

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Some finishes show fingerprints and smudges, so you may need to wipe it down frequently

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Granite

Granite remains the most popular choice for counter top materials.  It is still one of the most expensive materials, but is not the most expensive material in this article.

 Pros:

  • Hard and scratch resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • Minimal upkeep – occasional sealing
  • A wide variety of options and endless patterns and colors

Cons:

  • Expensive

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Solid Surface

Solid-surface materials are made of acrylic resin and crushed stone. Popular brand names are Corian, Gibraltar, and Staron.

Pros:

  • Wide range of colors and patterns
  • Very durable – resistant to water and stains
  • Minor dents and scratches can be buffed out
  • Maintenance-free – does not require sealing

Cons:

  • Not heat resistant
  • Can be damaged if your drop heavy objects on it

laminate-bathroom-countertop

Laminate

People cringe when they hear the word “laminate” but laminate has come a long way since the 1960’s and 70’s.

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Durable and easy to clean
  • Easy to install – can be a DIY project
  • Today’s laminate offers a variety of colors and patterns that can mimic other finishes like wood and stone

Cons:

  • If damaged, the only way to repair it is to replace the entire counter top
  • Not resistant to heat
  • Tends to get dull and thin over time

 

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