Our bathroom is an area in our room that is essential for our relaxation, hygiene, and also well-being. This is why it is essential for us to consider its interior design as it helps in providing us not only better relaxation and mood but also a stylish and unique design inside our bathrooms.
A great example of this is choosing your bathroom countertops materials. Bathroom countertops offer storage for your hygiene essentials such as soaps, shampoo, body washes, and many more. It can also be used to place bathroom towels and washcloths.
Originally, bathroom countertops were made from either cultured marble, ceramic tiles, or plastic laminates. Cultured marbles were the most popular of these materials. However, it isn’t actually made of marbles at all nor granite but was made from a dreary blend of crushed limestone that was held together by plastic resins.
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Fortunately, this kind of material has now vanished to make room for materials that look and function better. Meanwhile, ceramic tiles and laminates still remind trendy for most people but it has changed it looks from the traditional ceramic you seen from old houses.
Below are some facts of popular bathroom countertop materials that you can use as additional knowledge for choosing a countertop.
Popular Bathroom Countertop Materials
A ceramic and porcelain tiles are common types of material that are usually used in bathrooms in our home. It is a traditional decor that is often paired with ceramic walls in the bathroom. Traditional ceramic tiles were made from clay wherein it is heated by a fire in order for it to harden.
Then its surface is then glazed for a smooth and clear texture. Today, it has upgraded its looks to a more trendy and modern-looking design to keep up with the recent styles and decorations. Meanwhile, Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tiles that are made from finer clay which is fired in higher temperatures.
They are harder and denser making them perfect materials for countertops and floors. The price for ceramic and porcelain tiles varies depending on their types and design.
Most people often see laminate countertops as ugly, metal-edged laminates of the old times. Today, laminate materials have evolved into better and finer-looking materials wherein they can fool you into thinking that they are granite, marble, wood, and even stainless steel.
Laminate countertops are created from layers of plastics that are joined together onto a particle board (MDF) core which results in a solid and hard countertop surface.
Laminate countertops are available in various sizes and shapes that can be cut and fitted to various rooms or surfaces. These type of materials are very affordable and cost about $10 to $30 per square foot while custom made by a fabricator usually cost about $40 to $65 per square foot.
These countertops are great to install in guest bathrooms and powder rooms. However, if the style is much more important then consider installing it into other rooms.
Solid-Surface countertops are created from a combination of acrylic and polyester particles that are bound together with resins. It is made to resemble to stone wherein it can be cut into any shape. It is also available in various colors such as Silestone, Corian, Swan stone, and many more.
Today, the newer variations of ‘faux stones” have replaced the popularity of cultured marbles. These types of materials can cost about $45 to $75 per square foot which are all fabricated and installed according to your preferences.
There are various types of natural stone that can be used as a countertop material. All of these types of natural stone are regarded as having a higher rank than ceramic or porcelain tile. Some of these natural stones include limestone, travertine, slate, soapstone, granite, marble, and onyx.
These types of countertop materials are perfect for heavy-duty use especially for those who have children in their homes. Depending on its type, it can range about from $50 to $200 depending on what type you want to use. When used as a countertop material, it provides a stylish and modern style to your bathroom theme.