What Are The Best Materials For Bathroom Vanity Countertops

Explore Five Popular Bathroom Vanity Countertops and Review the Pros and Cons

Whether you're choosing a vanity top as part of a complete bathroom remodel, or just looking for a way to spruce up your existing space, you have more beautiful, functional choices than ever before available at every price point.

Your vanity top choice needs to be able to stand up to water, soap, toothpaste, cosmetics and alcohol and acetone based liquids. Fortunately most surfaces that work in the kitchen, will also work in the bath. Top choices include granite, marble, cultured marble (a man-made surface made of real marble chips and resin), solid surfaces, tile and wood.

Although bathroom vanity tops see less wear and tear than kitchens, you may want to consider low-scoring materials as there are many risks for scratching in a bathroom. Let's explore several of the most popular bathroom vanity materials and look at the pros and cons of each.

The best choices for bathroom vanity tops

Today, have a wide variety of materials to choose from including natural stone, solid surfaces, laminates, tile and glass. All have pros and cons, all come in a variety of colors and textures and prices can range widely. Here's a quick look at the top five surfaces homeowners choose for their bathroom vanity tops.

Granite – By far the most popular choice, granite comes in a wide variety of colors and each slab is unique. With patterns from subtle to bold, with a little searching, you'll find the perfect slab for your needs. Another plus is that granite is hard, scratch resistant and with minimal upkeep will last practically forever. Granite is so popular, it could actually add to the resale value of your home! The only downside to granite is at $50 to $100 per square foot, it's at the high-end of the price spectrum.

Quartz – Quartz is one of nature's hardest and most abundant minerals. Quartz countertops are a man- made material that uses about 95% natural quartz dust and chips bonded together using resins and pigment is then added to create color throughout the stone. Popular brand names include Caesarstone, Cambria, and Silestone. Quartz is tougher than granite, does not require sealing, and is naturally resistant to moisture, stains and bacteria. The downside, at $60 to $100 per square foot, quartz can rival high-end granite and marble in price. Also, honed or textured surfaces can show fingerprints so you'l need to wipe it down often.

Solid surface materials – Solid surfaces are made of crushed stone and acrylic resin. Top brand names include Corian, Gibraltar, and Formica Solid Surface. Solid surfaces are available in a wide variety of colors and styles that pair especially well with a contemporary décor. Naturally resistant to water, bacteria and stains, solid surfaces are virtually seamless and is available in patterns that can rival natural stone. Be aware that darker colors may show wear and scratches and that solid surfaces can be damaged by dropped objects and intense heat. Solid surfaces range in price from $40 to $100 per linear foot.

Marble – For centuries marble has been seen as a symbol of luxury and good taste. Marble is a hard, crystalline form of limestone and comes in a wide choice of color variations, the most common being white with streaks of gray. It's a long lasting, strong material that can be polished to a bright shine, or honed to a more causal matte finish. The downside, marble is expensive at $125 - $150 per square foot, needs to be periodically re-sealed and it's porosity makes it prone to stains, scratching and etching.

Concrete – Concrete is a trendy material  but it can be difficult to install and it has been known to crack. Its appeal comes from it's organic look that can mimic natural stone. It comes in a variety of colors, textures and can feature decorative inlay work. It is generally cast offsite with the exact dimensions, edge style and shape you desire. It's a durable surface that's also eco-friendly but it is also a porous surface that requires a lot of maintenance. You'll need to wax and seal your vanity regularly. Concrete tops need to be manufactured and can range from $65 to $135 per square foot, not including installation.

These are just the top five choices of today's homeowners. If you'd like to know more, or have questions, speak with a design expert at Toulmin Cabinetry and Design. They can help you make the perfect choice for your lifestyle, décor and budget.   

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