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Bathroom Countertops

Custom Bathroom Countertops

Functional and Aesthetically Pleasing

Bathroom countertops should not only be functional, but aesthetically pleasing. Our design consultants work with clients on finding a stone material that fits both of these criteria. Bathrooms are typically a frequented space in the home and require countertops that can sustain its everyday functions.

Bathroom countertops, first and foremost, should be able to tolerate water and moisture. Non porous stones such as quartz or porcelain are very practical to have in this space because not only do they repel water and moisture, but bacteria as well, making for an extremely hygienic surface.

Stones such as travertine and limestone readily absorb water and moisture, which can be disadvantageous depending on the use of the surface or application. Other stones such as granite and marble have varying levels of porosity depending on the type of slab for the particular stone material. Granite and Marble Designs knows the importance of understanding the similarities and differences among our stone options. Each stone has distinct characteristics that can affect how they perform in the bathroom.

Granite for Bathroom Countertops 

Granite is a very practical choice to have in your bathroom because of its strength and durability. Granite is porous, but when properly sealed it can repel water and staining. It has many advantages as a bathroom countertop surface, including:

  • Heat resistance to hot hair-tools
  • Ability to take on everyday messes and bathroom routines
  • Low maintenance and easy cleaning

However, we do suggest wiping any acidic or highly concentrated liquids from the surface as they occur to avoid etching. Aside from bathroom countertops and vanities, granite can also be used for shower surrounds or bathroom flooring. This goes to show that it can be used nearly anywhere and function optimally in any space. We highly recommend granite for bathroom countertops.

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Marble for Bathroom Countertops

Marble is an extremely elegant and timeless stone that you cannot go wrong with. It has earned its name due to its unique veining and distinct characteristics. It is a natural stone, so it is porous, but with extra maintenance and routine cleaning, it can be practical for your bathroom countertop design.

Messes and liquids should be promptly cleaned to avoid any staining or etching, and routine sealing should be done to avoid water absorption. There are many different types of marble, some softer than others, so some slabs are more suitable in the bathroom than others. In general, favorable traits for marble bathroom countertops include excellent heat tolerance, hard wearing and an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Travertine for Bathroom Countertops

Travertine is extremely porous, which can be beneficial for pool decks, but in the case for bathroom countertops, it requires regular sealings and maintenance. It has natural crevices and divots that make it readily absorbent. As a countertop, travertine can be susceptible to staining from moisture, water or other liquids.

In light of these drawbacks, travertine is naturally cooling and heat resistant – although we do not  recommend setting heat styling tools directly on your travertine countertops. With proper upkeep, travertine can be a great choice for your bathroom countertops or vanity.

Limestone for Bathroom Countertops

Limestone performs and functions similarly to travertine. It is also highly porous and reactive to acids, so it needs to be sealed properly, especially when used for bathroom countertops and wet areas. We make sure our clients are aware of how to care for their limestone and best preserve it when used in spaces such as bathrooms.

Even though it is sensitive to staining, etching and even scratches, it can be used in bathroom applications depending on its intended use. Limestone may be best used in less frequented bathrooms or spaces, but don’t let this stop you from making it an option.

Soapstone for Bathroom Countertops

Soapstone works anywhere. This is the most durable countertop surface there is, and is the only natural stone that is non porous. It performs best when used for bathroom countertops. Soapstone will not be penetrated by typical bathroom messes or liquids such as nail polish remover, cleaners, makeup or other cosmetics. In addition, it is heat and scratch resistant. The qualities of soapstone make it highly favorable for use of bathroom countertops.

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Onyx for Bathroom Countertops

Onyx is a more vulnerable stone material, but it is a great option for your bathroom countertops. With proper care and maintenance, onyx can create a beautiful bathroom countertop or vanity. Onyx should be protected with a high end sealant to avoid scratches, staining or etches. It is most known for its rarity and richness that it contributes to custom designs. Our team of professionals know the intricacy of this stone, and we have a great deal of experience successfully installing onyx countertops. If you’re looking for stone unlike anyone else’s, look no further – onyx is absolutely it.

Semiprecious for Bathroom Countertops

Semiprecious stones are unique. Unlike their name, they are actually very resilient and hard wearing countertops. However, many of our clients pick their spots for them. Semiprecious stones are majestic in bathroom designs and work well as countertops or vanities. They are made up of gemstones that have varying porosity and sensitivity, so they should be maintained and sealed often. Some advantages of having semiprecious in your bathroom design include:

  • Non-porous traits
  • Scratch and stain resistance
  • Heat insensitivity

Overall, semiprecious stones perform well in bathrooms and will stand out in any room.

Quartz for Bathroom Countertops

Quartz is an optimal stone choice for your bathroom countertops or vanity. It is an engineered stone so it is non-porous, meaning it will not absorb water, staining or even bacteria which is often found in this space. It is therefore, a hygienic stone surface and easily cleanable. In addition, quartz is resistant to heat, especially good for straighteners and curling irons.

Aside from its practicality in the bathroom, quartz offers an array of color choices and patterning that will contribute to the overall look of your bathroom design.

Quartzite for Bathroom Countertops

Quartzite is a highly desirable stone material because of the beauty and versatility it offers. It can be used in high or low traffic areas, so it is ideal for bathroom countertops. Quartzite, even though it is porous, is not easily stained by water or moisture. Therefore, it can be cleaned and maintained easily. It can also tolerate heat, which is a benefit for using it in spaces such as bathrooms. Quartzite offers not only an upscale aesthetic appearance, but the functionality that many other natural stones can’t.

Porcelain for Bathroom Countertops

Porcelain is perfect for bathroom countertops and vanities. It is a man made stone, so it is non-porous and hygienic. Since it is non-porous, it will not absorb water or bacteria, and can be easily cleaned. Not only this, but it can withstand heat from hot hair tools and is not easily scratched. Porcelain countertops add value and attractiveness to your home. Before coming to a decision on the stone to use in your bathroom, we urge you to consider porcelain as an option.

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Important Part of the Home

Granite and Marble Designs has designed, fabricated and installed hundreds of bathroom countertops across the Front Range and surrounding areas. Every slab of stone varies from another, so it’s important to recruit a team like us, who understand how each type of slab will function in this space. We take into consideration whether it can tolerate water and moisture, and we educate our clients on how to best maintain their stone material. The bathroom is an important part of your home that is often overlooked, but it should not be a missed opportunity because of the value it adds.

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