Your bathroom countertops set the tone for your bathroom—they often take up plenty of visual and physical space, so they need to work with the other materials in your design as well as stand up to years of wear and tear from chemicals, heat tools, soap, water, makeup, dye, toothpaste and more. Deciding between bathroom countertop styles and materials in Tampa, FL usually comes down to three major factors: material, budget and aesthetic. Here’s a closer look at some of the top bathroom countertop materials and styles:
- Solid surface: Solid surface countertops are usually made from quartz, among other materials, and are the most versatile, durable countertops on this list. They can stand up to high heat and do not stain easily, and scratches can be easily sanded off.
- Granite: Granite can be formed in a number of different styles and colors—including simulated marble and other stone varieties—and is quite durable. It needs to be sealed to repel grease, but otherwise stands up to heat tools, water, stains and more quite effectively.
- Marble: Marble is one of the most attractive types of countertop, and will help increase your home’s resale value—if you can deal with the maintenance. Marble is porous and soft, making it prone to stains, burns and water spots. Marble is also one of the more expensive material types.
- Wood: Wood countertops in a bathroom setting need to be well sealed to prevent rot. However, they can add a warm, cozy feeling to your bathroom, so as long as you’re aware of the risks, you might choose this type.
- Tile: Tile is a durable, versatile option for any kind of countertop, but be aware that the grout can trap plenty of dirt, grime and other substances. Cleaning might be a challenge, but there’s such a variety of tiles, designs and colors that you might be willing to overlook the drawbacks in favor of a style you love.
- Laminate: Laminate countertops can be fashioned to look like granite, marble and other finishes, but if you use heat tools like curling irons, be aware that they can burn. Laminate counters are also prone to dents and dings, and can dull over time—however, they’re also inexpensive, which makes them an attractive choice when your budget is tight.
Typically, stone countertops will last longer and are often very durable (with the exception of marble), but they’re priced higher than some of the other materials. On the other hand, materials like wood, tile and laminate look nice and tend to be more affordable, but there’s no guarantee that they won’t get damaged and need to be replaced before you’re ready to make another investment.
As with any remodel, when you choose bathroom countertop materials in Tampa, FL, try to get the best in quality and longevity that you can afford. Most people remodel rooms once or twice in their tenure as owners, given the size of the project and their financial investment. Do you need help choosing the right bathroom countertop styles in Tampa, FL? The team at Schoeman Construction can help you decide when you call us today.