9 Materials for Bathroom Countertops

What qualities do you think are most important when choosing your bathroom countertop? If you want to get it right, continue reading because we'e going to help you choose.

Last update: 28 January, 2021

When choosing the most suitable materials for bathroom countertops, you have to think about the comfort, resistance, and aesthetics you want your bathroom to have.

For this, it’s important that you’re aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials that you can find in the market. This will, for sure, facilitate the whole process.

Now, we’re going to classify these materials into three groups: natural materials, synthetic materials, and others. This will give you a complete overview of each of them. Continue reading if you want to learn more about the different materials for bathroom countertops.

Natural materials for bathroom countertops

1. Marble

People love using this natural stone in their bathrooms because humidity doesn’t affect it in any way. It’s quite costly, however, when it comes to decor, it works really well.

It’s a very porous material, which means it has high absorption. However, this quality has a disadvantage not everyone is able to look past – it gets dirty easily.

If you decide to go for a marble countertop, you must clean it every time it stains especially if  products such as soaps or creams splash it

Bathroom countertops of this material are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, so it’s up to you to decide. You can get any kind, from shiny polished marble to elegant and aged.

2. Granite

Another good choice is granite. It’s resistant and long-lasting. Its appearance can vary greatly depending on the color you choose, which means it’s perfect for every style.

In the catalogs of some manufacturers, you can find granite made of lesser-known stones. These can also work for bathroom countertops. We’re talking about sandstone and limestone, which are almost always available in light and raw tones.

One of its main advantages is that it’s very easy to clean. For a granite countertop to look neat and perfect, you only need to wipe a damp cloth over it.

3. Wood

Using wood is always a good option if you want to give a warm look to your bathroom. A popular kind is iroco, which is a moisture-resistant tropical wood that only requires a layer of polyurethane varnish to protect it.

Many people like to use beech wood as it provides elegance. Nonetheless, it’s important to keep in mind that its difficult maintenance and low resistance limit its possibilities.

Remember that wooden bathroom countertops must resist humidity, splashes, and temperature changes.

4. Fiberboard

This is an industrial option that is made by combining laminated non-solid wood with synthetic resin layers. This combination is what provides it with the resistance it needs.

The advantage of fiberboard is that it’s affordable. However, it doesn’t last as long as other types of countertops, especially as the water usually ends up lifting the sheets.

Synthetic materials for bathroom countertops

Another option you have is using synthetic materials manufactured by compacting a mixture of stone and other materials (generally resins).

These products make it possible to create resistant, smooth and molded countertops that integrate perfectly into the bathroom sink. For this reason, people like to use them as decor in other rooms of the house as well.

5. Silestone

First of all, silestone is compact quartz made with silica, polyester resin, and quartz. In addition, it also contains colorants which give it the final decorative appearance.

Silestone undergoes different industrial processes to produce it. It ends up looking quite similar to natural marble, with its corresponding polished finishes.

6. Corian

This is a mixture of natural minerals and transparent acrylics. It forms a solid material with a homogeneous surface that is hygienic and that can be modeled to suit the client’s preferences.

There are over forty colors of this material. The good thing about corian is that it can be cut, molded and pasted, so it’s possible to make any type of design with it. However, it’s important to mention that this is a fairly expensive material, so it may not be for everyone.

Other materials for bathroom countertops

7. Glass

You may not know this, but there are special kinds of glass you can use for bathroom countertops since they’re quite thick and safe. The finishes of this material can be matte or transparent.

8. Stainless steel

On one hand, this is a very resistant material and it’s also very hygienic. On the other hand, however, it’s difficult to make this material to look shiny at all times because, when it gets wet, it has to dry well to go back to its original shine.

Also, it’s easy for stainless steel to scratch. For this reason, you must consider if you really want your bathroom countertops made of this material. In addition, it can be expensive.

We suggest that you try tiling the countertop’s surface with tiles that match the bathroom wall. This idea is very in right now and it’s not difficult to carry out.

In brief, there are many different materials you can use for your bathroom countertops. It’s up to you to weigh up all the pros and cons of each and make your decision!

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