Until recently, the bathroom countertops have remained one of the most neglected areas. However, people have now realized the importance of space utilization and bathroom decor. Only invest in a vanity countertop only if you intend to spend a good part of your life in that house. Otherwise, it will be a sheer waste of money.
What are They Made of?
Plastic and synthetic materials are unaffected by moisture, hence, they are increasingly used to make these tops for bathrooms and other wet areas of the house. There is a large variety available in plastic and synthetic materials. They are available in metallic, matte, and glossy finishes.
Normally, there are a number of electrical appliances which are used in the bathroom. The heat from these appliances can ruin the plastic or synthetic laminates. Therefore, appropriate care should be taken while installing the electrical appliances.
It is necessary to procure the entire stock of granite at the same time as no two pieces of granite look the same.
However, marble is not scratch-resistant and also has a tendency to chip off easily. It gets affected by acids, therefore, care should be taken to wipe off anything that falls on it immediately.
Glass is used as a 'green alternative' to granite and marble. These are available in a myriad of colors, sizes, and shapes to suit the taste of a wide range of people. The biggest disadvantage with glass is that the space below the countertop cannot be used for storage. The other disadvantage is that glass is fragile and can break easily.
Glass can get affected by heat and moisture in the bathroom. Hence, it might not be an economical option, but it is a greener one. There are some glass tops which are made from recycled glass. Porcelain or concrete is mixed with glass to manufacture these tops as well.
Slate is one of the most durable materials used. It is maintenance-free, water-proof, and durable, and does not get affected by acids. It is not scratch-proof, but the scratches can disappear with the use of mineral oil. Slate has a huge disadvantage; if exposed to very low temperature, the layers start peeling off.
Each of the materials used to make sink tops come with its own advantages and disadvantages. The best option depends upon the personal choice, climatic conditions, and budget of the buyer.