If you’re looking for a bathroom countertop—usually called a vanity top—look for something that will stand up to water, soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, and alcohol- and acetone-based liquids. Replacing a vanity top is an easy and affordable project today. The best bathroom vanity tops to hold up to the wear and tear while maintaining an elegant, modern look is the following materials;
- Granite and marble
- Engineered Stone/ Quartz
- Exotics Like Onyx & Limestone
Granite and Marble
Though marble and granite are unrivaled for their beauty, price reasonably, these classic materials warrant careful thought. Also, while marble is a little easier to stain, granite shrugs off most stains.
Marble is typical and the preferred choice in most bathrooms. It’s available in slabs form and in standard counter dimensions of 19 and 22 inches deep. . Although easy to clean, marble must be well cared for. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for what type of finish to apply to cultured marble to best protect it.
Solid Surface Or Engineered Stone
Solid surface countertops offer many of the advantages of stone with no drawbacks. Cast from an acrylic resin that sometimes include crushed stone—particularly quartz—solid-surface material demands little maintenance and is extremely durable. Intense heat and heavy falling objects (which shouldn’t pose much of a threat in bathrooms) can cause damage, but scratches, abrasions, and even minor burns (if you leave a curling iron on the vanity top, for example) can be repaired with fine-grade sandpaper. The methods and tools needed for working with this material are similar to those required for woodworking. However, most manufacturers require that a trained professional install their materials.
Solid surface material is available in almost any flavor of color or pattern known to man. Quartz is a great choice for bathroom vanities as well.