Bathroom countertops are just as important as kitchen countertops because they not only provide a functional work surface but a big piece of the decorating theme as well. A good bathroom countertop is the right blend of aesthetics and durability that's sufficient to meet the demands of how you live.
Vanity tops aren't immune from a harsh environment either, particularly in a full bathroom with a shower and/or tub. There's the moisture to contend with that's generated from showers. Then there's all the stuff that's normally found in a bathroom environment like toiletries and cleaning supplies.
When you think about all the challenges that you'll throw at your countertops it's easy to understand that not only should they be beautiful, but durable too.
There are lots of materials to choose from and the first step toward making the right decision is to stop and plan how you'll use your bathroom. From there it's a matter of finding the right combination of material, style and budget. Choose wisely and you'll be rewarded with a countertop that gives you good service for many years.
Answering some questions ahead of time can help you narrow down the materials that work best for your type of lifestyle:
What kind of bathroom are you planning -- a low-use powder room, one for everyday family use or an over-the-top master bath?
How many people will typically use the bathroom on a daily basis? Does that include children?
- Does your plan call for a larger custom-installed countertop or do you just need a top for a smaller vanity?
- How long are you planning on staying in your home? In other words, is this upgrade for you or for your home's next buyer?