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What’s the Best Material for Bathroom Countertops?

Ready to replace your bathroom countertops, but not sure what type of countertop is right for you? Then check out the pros and cons of the most common types.

Bathroom countertop material

If remodeling your bathroom is at the top of your homeowner to-do list, you’re not alone. In fact, according to HGTV, even a minor bathroom remodel can earn you a 102 percent average return on your investment when you sell your home.

So, say you’ve finally saved up some money or gained enough DIY skills to start on this home renovation project — where exactly do you start? Aside from adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls, you may want to start with your vanity’s countertop. After all, that’s one of the places where you’ll make the biggest impact. What’s the best material for bathroom countertops? It depends on what you’re looking for. Durability? Affordability? High-end appeal? We’ve got it all. Take a look at the following pros and cons to some of the more common types of bathroom countertops.

Tiles: The DIYer’s Favorite Option

 Pros:

- Easy to install
- Affordable
- The installation pattern can be customized
- Available in a variety of color and finish options
- Resistant to heat, stains, scratches and moisture
- Individual tiles can be replaced, if needed

Cons:

- Not always “in style”
- Doesn’t hold resale value as well as other options
- Requires regular maintenance and cleaning (especially the grout lines)
-  Can crack or chip

Price Range: $2 to $75 per tile

Laminate: The Economical Option

Pros:

- Affordable
-  Durable
- Easy to clean
- Relatively easy to install
- Available in several finishes
- Stands up to water
- Doesn’t stain

Cons:

- Obviously not “high-end”
- Will burn, dull and dent
- Damages can’t be repaired; the entire counter will have to be replaced

Price Range: $24 to $50 per linear foot

Solid Surface: The Added-Value Option

Pros:

- Great for resale
- Incredibly durable
- Low maintenance
- Can be molded to fit any design specification
- Mold-, mildew- and stain-resistant
- Easy to clean
- Can rival the look of real stone

Cons:

- Can scorch easily
- Can scratch easily

Price Range: $40 to $150 per linear foot

Granite/Marble: The Premier Option

Pros:

- Offers unique, one-of-a-kind look
-  Attractive to future buyers
- Long-lasting
- Available in a variety of colors and patterns
-  Scratch-resistant
-  Impervious to heat and humidity

Cons:

- Expensive
- Requires periodic maintenance (i.e., sealing)
- Marble can stain, scratch and etch easily, due to its porous nature

Price Range: $50 to $200 per linear foot

Quartz: The Top-of-the-Line Option

Pros:

- The unique look of granite without the maintenance
- Ultra-resistant to scratches, moisture, bacteria and stains
- Available in a wide variety of colors and thicknesses
- Perfect for specialized countertop edging

Cons:

- Expensive
- Can show fingerprints and smudges easily

Price Range: $60 to $250 per linear foot

Ready to move on to the next phase of your renovation? It’s time to replace those outdated faucets!

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