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How Do I Choose the Best Bathroom Sink Countertop?

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When considering a new bathroom sink countertop, decide whether you would prefer a vanity style or simple design. Choose a shape and size that suits your bathroom dimensions and complements your decor. You'll also need to decide which countertop materials to choose, and whether to install your bathroom countertop yourself or hire a professional. If you hire a professional, obtain a free estimate before you commit. The material you select for your bathroom countertop should be stain resistant and durable.

Granite not only offers a visual appeal, it is sturdy and scratch resistant. If you are looking for the least expensive option, you might find granite countertops too costly. If you have your mind set on a granite bathroom sink countertop, avoid purchasing one solid piece. Instead, opt for granite tiles, which are often less expensive.

You also need to consider the cost of routine maintenance for granite countertops. Unlike other materials, a granite bathroom sink countertop will need to be treated with a sealant periodically to keep the original luster and prevent it from cracking. This maintenance should be performed on an annual or semi-annual basis.

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Bathroom sink countertop ideas can be found in various home decorating magazines. These publications often show photographs of tiled bathroom counters in a wide array of colors, patterns, and designs. While a tiled bathroom sink countertop can be very attractive, it is not low maintenance. You'll find that the grout needs to be cleaned often, and for many, this can be a chore.

If a member of your household suffers from allergies, you might want to choose a nonporous solid surface or laminate material for your bathroom sink countertop. This material is easy to clean and disinfect, and because it is nonporous it will not encourage the growth of bacteria or fungus. You'll also find the solid surface materials are available in a wide array of colors to match your bathroom decor.

Quartz is often more affordable and practical than granite, and may provide a more durable surface for your bathroom sink countertop. You'll also be able to choose from various colors to coordinate with your bathroom decor. Manufactured quartz also does not require a sealant. Regular rinsing with warm soapy water should be sufficient for cleaning your quartz bathroom sink countertop.

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