Often considered "vanity," bathroom countertops offer organization and customization in the bathroom (2). As a perfect way to organize your toiletries and towels, bathroom countertops look amazing and provide convenience. Common materials for bathroom countertops include:
- • Composite
- • Laminate
- • Concrete
- • Tile
- • Engineered stone
- • Granite
- • Marble
Butcher Block Countertops
Made from wood, butcher blocks create a great surface for preparing food and dining (3). They're perfect for cutting up food, and can effectively replace cutting boards. This is the reason they are so popular with butcher shops and in so many kitchens. If you're on the market for functionality, butcher block countertops are the way to go. Pricing can fall in the range of:
- • Low $1,800
- • Med $3,200
- • High $5,500
Concrete has come a long way. Nowadays it can be shaped into any design you can dream up, and there are far more colors available now than there were before (4). You can finally match concrete to your home's interior colors. Not only that, but the material can be easily smoothed down, giving it an appearance of something more expensive, like granite. Depending on what you want to do with your countertops, concrete offers the most versatile of answers (5).
- • Low $585
- • Med $1,000
- • High $2,500
Corian is the name brand for the material that is referred to simply as "Corian countertops". Corian is able to be shaped, sized, and made seamless (6). They are also stain resistant, heat resistant, and very easy to clean. You can choose many different colors to match your home interior. For the ultimate in aesthetics, Corian countertops are an affordable solution.
- • Low $1,260
- • Med $2,570
- • High $5,540
Essentially, Formica countertops are made from layers of plastic bonded to particleboard or kraft paper to create a solid surface. Formica can resemble wood, metal, and other laminated surfaces. This affordable material looks great in kitchens and is very easy to clean (7). Because it is made to resemble other types of flooring, you can choose the look that's right for your home. Formica can look like:
Perhaps the ultimate in countertop materials, granite is the coveted surface that every home wants to have. There are many materials that resemble granite, and for good reason. It looks amazing, adds value to your home, doesn't depreciate in value, and is quite sanitary. Granite only requires basic maintenance and can be easily cleaned with regular soap and water (8). The only real downside of granite is the price tag.
- • Low $2,100
- • Med $3,200
- • High $4,500
Ideally this affordable material is made to look like another form of countertop. Laminate countertops are budget-friendly, easy to install, and will last a long time with proper maintenance. Alternatively you can pick and choose your own color and design. Pricing can vary, but will generally be between:
- • Low $1,010
- • Med $2,100
- • High $3,200
Marble is a solid choice. It looks and behaves like granite, but is slightly more wallet friendly. Marble countertops can be used as a cutting board, can be cleaned easily, and look fantastic. If broken, marble can be restored to a "good as new" look. Your marble slab slab won't let you down, and can improve a kitchen dramatically. Most installation services take place within a day (9). The price range follows:
- • Low $3,800
- • Med $5,250
- • High $8,600
Recycled Glass Countertops
This incredibly green countertops material is created by recycling glass, as the name would suggest (10). Essentially this can be done with any glass, so long as it's shattered. Recycled glass countertops offer a new and unique form of countertops that are a fitting addition to any home. This type of countertop brings in a fresh blend of color and style.
- • Low $1,500
- • Med $3,100
- • High $6,750
Soapstone is like granite, but with a higher amount of quartz in it. This makes it custom tailored for kitchen use. Because it is harder than most countertops, you can easily use it as a cutting board. Furthermore, soapstone can take the heat of a hot plate or pan (11).
- • Low $2,100
- • Med $3,600
- • High $6,500
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- "How to Build a Classy Concrete Countertop". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
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- "Facts and Questions about Corian Countertops & Corian Surfaces". Capitol Granite. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "Formica Countertops". HGTV. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "Granite Countertop Colors". Kitchen Design Ideas. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- Durand, Faith."Faith's Kitchen Renovation: How We Finally Got Our Carrara Marble Countertops". kitchn. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
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- Hodgson, Alison."Soapstone Counters: A Love Story". houzz. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
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