Choosing Counter Top Material For Your Bathroom

There are many countertop materials available. Read on for information about some of the most popular types to help you decide which is best for you.

Deciding which counter top material is best for your bathroom renovation can be hard. You'll find many different kinds of counter top materials available, each with its own advantages and drawbacks. There are several things to consider when choosing the best type of counter top for you, such as price, installation, style, maintenance, and durability. Here is a rundown of some of the most popular types of counter top materials and the basic information about each of them.

Laminate - this has come a long way since our grandmother's Formica countertops. The very best thing about laminate is that it is inexpensive, both for the material and the installation. It comes in a huge variety of colors, textures and patterns, and some of the new laminates have the look of marble, granite and other stone surfaces. It is easy to maintain, and only needs cleaning with mild cleanser. It withstands water and heat well.

Solid Surface - this type of counter top is made of acrylic or an acrylic blend. It comes in a lot of colors and styles. The advantages of this material are that it is very hard and resists chips. The disadvantages are that that hot objects should be avoided and solid surfaces can sometimes stain. Solid surface counter tops are more expensive than laminate, and must be professionally installed.

Tile - Tile counter tops can be gorgeous. The color and texture choices are endless. Tiles can be chipped and it is important to seal the grout so it won't stain. A new choice in the tile area is slate tile, which is gorgeous, durable, anti-bacterial, and non-combustible. Tile is more expensive than laminate but usually less expensive than sold surface, depending on your tile choice. You can also install tile, instead of by a professional.

Granite - Granite is one of the most beautiful choices available. It is extremely durable, but professionals must do the installation. There are many color choices and the consumer can choose a custom edge detail. Other stone surfaces include limestone, travertine and marble. Limestone comes in colors from light beige to brown and is somewhat porous. Marble comes in many color varieties with the distinctive veining that is so characteristic of this stone. Travertine is the most porous of the stones, and must be filled to have a smooth surface. Stone surfaces are very stain and heat resistant. Most stone surfaces need some maintenance, such as periodic oiling or sealing. Cleaning is very easy with mild soap. Stone surface counter tops can be quite expensive.

Soapstone - this is a new choice for counter tops. Unlike stone surfaces, it is not porous and is very soft to the touch. It is durable, and scratches can be sanded out with sandpaper. It is like other stone surfaces in that it must be oiled periodically, and cleanup is simple. The price of soapstone is similar to other stone surfaces.

Whatever type of counter top material you choose, there is sure to be one that fits your price range and tastes

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