We are going to replace our bathroom countertops. What do you have and what are pros and cons? Does anyone have granite, and if so, is there a problem with staining (hairspray, etc.)? I don't know what options I have as I haven't been to a showroom yet.
Posts: 184 | Location: Freeland, MI | Registered: Jan 25, 2003
One piece molded sink and counter is what I prefer as it has a clean/uncluttered look. For me, easier to clean the area than a drop in sink with a rim. If I did choose granite, then I would opt for an under mounted sink, for the same reason.
We have white Statuary marble in one bathroom and ceramic tile in the other. I find them both quite easy to keep clean. Both have been treated with the appropriate sealers. Solid surface and granite are probably the two easiest to maintain but we couldn't find the colors we wanted. Visit a tile showroom-avoid the box stores-and borrow samples to bring home. When you narrow down the styles and colors you like. get online and research what kind of upkeep you can expect for each product.
Calcareous stones - limestone, marble, travertine, etc - are composed of, well, calcium, and as such, are chemically fragile. This means they won't hold up well if you're interested in maintaining a glassy, polished finish. This isn't always an issue, as many folks will live with etches and scratches, accepting that as part of the material.
If those materials get stains, however, they may not hold up to aggressive stain removal either.
I like an integral sink, when the sink and countertop are one piece of material. As far as what kind of material, whatever's easiest to clean and upkeep. I like old-fashioned cultured marble too, it comes in many colors.
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Posts: 7276 | Location: Central Florida | Registered: Feb 12, 2005
I have a granite slab which matches the tile in my shower. It's been sealed and it's easy to keep clean. Go to a stone dealer with a showroom, take home samples and see what you like. Ask about what has to be sealed and how to clean it. A good dealer should be able to discuss not only pricing but upkeep as well. I would steer clear of the big box stores.
Posts: 2950 | Location: Ohio | Registered: Feb 25, 2006
This is also my question when I did started to bought my own house, since there are many things to choose, especially in kitchen, bathroom, etc. I think granite counter tops would be a great choice for bathroom, since it is strong, solid, reliable. Since mine is granite also, it was installed by cumar. I think before you decide on what to select, you should consider this..what do you need to consider first and foremost when thinking about a bathroom countertop? Durability, stain resistance, water resistance and cost are generally the main factors you’ll want to note.
Posts: 1 | Location: Arizona | Registered: Nov 12, 2012