Bathroom countertops have changed a lot over the last decade or two, but a long there were surprisingly few choices available. Maybe you remember the tile or laminate in your grandparent’s bathroom. And then, of course, marble was and is a standard for elegance in more upscale homes. Today’s countertops, however, offer a lot more variety in the way of material, design and improved performance.
If you’re currently looking to replace your countertops, you’ll definitely want to explore the various materials on the market.
Below, discover some of the most popular types of bathroom countertops trending today:
While most people think of granite for the kitchen, this highly durable, beautiful and natural material is becoming a more and more popular choice for the bathroom as well. Although it’s not the cheapest option, it will probably never need to be changed once you’ve installed it. Do keep in mind that it may require some upkeep such as the occasional re-sealing.
Among natural stone countertops, granite is probably the easiest to care for and most resistant. So, if you want a tough, long lasting, gorgeous countertop, look into granite.
Mimicking the style and texture natural stone offers, engineered stone countertops are quickly gaining popularity. Most engineered stone countertops feature lots of attractive quartz particles.
These are also hard-working countertops that resist mold and mildew (important in a moist bathroom space!). Worried about scratching and stains? These countertops are resistant to this type of damage as well.
The best part is that engineered stone countertops are usually custom made, giving you limitless choices in color, texture, shape and style.
Like engineered stone, concrete countertops are usually custom-made and installed. As you can image, they are also among the most durable countertops available. You won’t have to worry about resting your hot straightener on this surface because it’s heat resistant.
Concrete countertops are also great because you can get them in about any color or shape. So, dream big! You will have to get your surfaces resealed periodically, so keep this in mind when choosing this material.
For budget bathrooms, laminates keep getting better and better. Today’s laminate options include many more colors and designs than what was available in the past. Go for a matte or shiny finish and choose just about any color under the sun.
These surfaces are cheap and easy to maintain. However, you will need to be careful about putting hot items on laminates, as they are not heat resistant. Another disadvantage to laminate countertops is that they can’t be repaired. Scratches, stains and burns can ruin the surface, requiring a full replacement.
Another classic choice for the bathroom, tiles can make for great looking countertops. Luckily, tile is also quite durable and resistant to heat, so it’s a good choice as a long-term investment. You can also choose a variety of designs and colors for your tile: from natural stone to ceramics, or even a mosaic design.
With tile, the only difficult aspect is keeping the grouting clean. However, if you speak with your installer, they should be able to provide you with easy maintenance solutions.
Now that you are up to date on the trends, choose a bathroom countertop that will meet your needs, budget and style preferences. Get inspired and be creative!