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Bathroom Countertops: Countertop Materials from Granite to Laminate

Shopping for bathroom countertops can be fun. It can also be a little stressful. You have a long list of materials to choose from, and you want to pick the right one for your home now, and well into the future. Changing out paint colors in a bathroom is not a big deal. Doing the same with countertops because you want a new look, puts you back in remodel mode.

Learn more about some of the available materials so you are prepared to make an informed choice during your shopping trip.

Granite - This natural stone material adds elegance and beauty to any room. Because each slab is a unique mix of colors and design, you can really make a statement with granite. Its strength and durability also makes it an excellent choice for the bathroom, as it resists most scratches and heat, a welcome feature if you have users of curling and flat irons in the family.

You will need to regularly seal the material as directed to prevent stains and to keep bacteria from growing on the porous surface, and you should be careful placing heavy items on the countertop as the material can crack or chip. Granite cleans up nicely with mild detergent and water. Abrasive and other cleaners may scratch or dull the surface.

Synthetic/Resin - Made from cured epoxy, acrylic or polyester resin, this material comes in hundreds of solid and semi-translucent colors. Acrylic proves the most durable of the resins, as it resists stains, impact, UV rays, scratches, and heat. Resin materials are non-porous and, therefore, do not require sealing to prevent bacterial growth. They also clean up easily with mild detergent and water.

Recycled Glass - This eco-friendly material can also make a unique statement. Made from 80 percent to 90 percent post-consumer glass held together by a cement binder, it can fit into a variety of design styles. Recycled glass also resists stains and heat, and it does not crack or chip easily. Another non-porous surface, it does not need to be sealed. Those who simply can't stand water spots or fingerprints may want to avoid this material, though.

Laminate - Offering the most options in terms of colors and designs, this material uses plastic over particleboard to mimic more expensive options such as granite. The quality and durability continues to improve, and laminate even comes in different textures now. Cleanup requires only mild detergent and water. All that being said, the material does have its weaknesses, chief among them that it does not resist heat well or scratching. Repair also proves difficult, with many homeowners opting to simply replace a damaged countertop.

Tile - Tiles are available in many different types of materials-including ceramic, glass and porcelain-and designs, offering the most versatility of any option on this list. Ceramic is the least expensive and has the most styles. You may prefer the ease with which you can keep non-porous glass and porcelain clean. The material itself is affordable, but installation can get pricey with more elaborate designs. You will need to seal the grout, and some find it difficult to keep clean in a bathroom setting.

These are just a few of the available materials for bathroom countertops. Quartz, marble, concrete, lava, reclaimed wood and stainless steel are all making appearances in bathrooms and kitchens these days. Solid-surface countertops also are an option in the bathroom, with brands such as Corian and Swanstone offering a higher quality product more durable than the resins mentioned above. Your professional handyman can steer you toward the right material for your home, taking into consideration style, use and budget.

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