bathroom vanity top materials

Bathroom Vanity Top Materials: Prices, Pros and Cons

April 17 2017

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Bathroom vanity top materials refer to the materials used for your bathroom sink/basin, countertop and the surrounding storage area. Bathroom vanity tops come in different shapes, sizes, styles, and designs depending on the bathroom’s size and the budget set apart.

Here you’ll find a list of the most popular bathroom vanity top materials, their advantages/disadvantages, as well as the prices you can expect to pay when you buy a vanity.

  1. Granite

Granite is preferred by many as it gives a beautiful appearance and has a wide range of colors and patterns.

Advantages:

  • Hard and unsusceptible to scratches
  • Easy to maintain when properly sealed
  • Humidity and heat don’t damage it
  • Long lasting

Disadvantages

  • Expensive compared to most bathroom vanity tops; ranges from $50 to $100 per square foot
  • To prevent damage to the slabs it’s advisable to hire a professional
  1. Marble

Marble is a material which usually comes in white with strips of gray. In the past it was associated with the wealthy, but due to its enhanced production it’s one of the more affordable bathroom vanity top materials today at around 125 to 150 dollars per square foot.

Advantages

  • Fits naturally with any style
  • Polishable for a finer shine or can be sharpened for a matte finish
  • Strong and durable material

Disadvantages

  • Quite expensive
  • Easily scratched, stained and corroded by acidic liquids
  • For maintenance, it requires periodic sealing
  1. Quartz

Quartz is known for its lavish appearance and is one of the hardest minerals. Most of its known manufacturers, such as Zodiaq, Caesarstone et cetera combine it with resins, pigments, and recycled content ensuring it’s just about 95% natural stone.

Advantages

  • Very tough
  • Inherently impervious to moisture, bacteria, and stains
  • Doesn’t need to be sealed
  • Many different installation options and edge treatments

Disadvantages

  • It can at times surpass high-end marble and granite price wise, it costs between 60 to 100 dollars per running foot
  • The honed and textured finishes call for several wipe downs due to smears and at times fingerprints
  1. Laminate

Also known as Formica, laminate is one of the most used bathroom vanity top materials for not only bathrooms but kitchens as well. Laminate is made from passing thin plastic layers that are fastened together under heat and pressure.

Advantages

  • Affordable as it goes for $24 to $50
  • No difficulty in cleaning
  • Stain and water resistant
  • Comes in many colors and patterns
  • You can install the finished vanity top yourself
  • Pre-sized countertops are available in home stores

Disadvantages

  • Only replaceable, not repairable
  • Burn easily
  • They lose their bright appearance and thin over time
  1. Solid surfaces

These are made from a mixture of acrylic resin and crushed stone. Corian, Staron, and Formica Solid Surfacing are just a few of its brands.

Advantages

  • Highly durable
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Fine-grade sandpaper can be used to buff out minor damages such as scratches, burns etc.
  • Resistant to water, bacteria, and stains
  • Available in different options such as beige, imitation stone and more.

Disadvantages

  • Intense heat and heavy fallen objects damage the tops
  • Installation requires professionals
  • Scratches and wears are easily visible on darker colors
  • Costs about 40 to 100 dollars per linear foot

Other Bathroom Vanity Top Materials

The above are just some of the bathroom vanity top materials available in the market. Others include wood and tiles and they range from $10 to $40, but they all give your bathroom that glamorous and presentable look. Just a tip – if your bathroom gets chaotic in the morning, consider installing a double vanity.

If you are looking to buy a vanity, come down to our design showroom or shoot us an email!