Trying to decide which kind of surface material is best suited to use in your bathroom to fit your tastes and lifestyle can seem daunting. You want to make sure the final result is fabulous and that the surface you choose will withstand the elements common to a smaller, shared space. Here are some pros and cons to the most popular surfaces used in bathrooms.
Granite is the popular choice for bathrooms. Durability is the name of the game with granite. In addition, it also stands up to heat, which is great if you regularly use a hair dryer or curling iron. Because of the popularity that granite enjoys, if you plan on selling your home, it will add to the value of it and demand for granite may very well help it to sell faster. It’s also easy to clean using soap and warm water, so that makes your maintenance a little lighter.
Granite surfaces need to be sealed because it will need to resist grease, which is in an amazing number of products used in the bathroom. Sealant is often added at the point of installation – which can last up 10 years or longer, so sealing your countertops is not something you need to worry about year after year, but long-term maintenance is a factor to consider.
Quartz has lots of the same benefits that you’ll find in granite, and it’s an even stronger material. Unlike granite, you don’t have to seal quartz. It’s resistance to moisture, stains and bacteria makes it a fantastic option for the bathroom.
Quartz shows fingerprints and smudges more easily than Granite, especially on honed and textured finishes, so you’ll need to wipe it down more often.
Marble has been a consistent choice for upscale bathrooms. It’s beautiful surface exudes sophistication. Its also a highly durable stone so you won’t have to worry about dents and chips. Should you choose a different décor in the future, it’s versatile with many different styles.
Marble isn’t as resistant to stains, scratches and etching that happens from acidic substances. Maintenance needs to be considered as you’ll need to seal it more frequently to maintain its look.
The Final Choice
Any stone you choose will bring a different look to the bathroom and each one offers different reasons to select it. Ask yourself what you plan on doing with the surface, what style you want to express and how much work you want to put into maintaining it. When you answer those questions, the choice will be clear.
If you need help in the decision-making process, our team of style-savvy, professional designers are happy to assist. Pay us a visit and check out the vignettes in our showroom, each of which are designed to inspire. We look forward to helping you.