Best Tips for Choosing Your Stone Bathroom Countertop
Countertops are essential elements in a bathroom, as base for washbasins or bowls. So, bathroom sinks not attached to the wall or attached to a metal bracket, are supported by countertops. Then, we have bathroom sinks in countertop cut-outs or even cast in a shape that includes them both, from the same material as the countertop. Different from a kitchen countertop, where you need to accommodate foods and ingredients, a bathroom countertop is therefore not subjected to the same quality criteria. Therefore, for choosing it, you have to consider specific details.
1. Granite Countertop
2. Slate Countertop
3. Marble Countertop
4. Limestone Countertop
5. Travertine Countertop
Here are the essentials:
• water absorption rate – is important because, besides the wet space in a bathroom, the bathroom sink is installed on a countertop and usually, you have also the sink faucet there. Considering these details, there is a great risk of water splashes falling constantly and heavily on countertop surface. So, you’ll need a surface with low absorption rate, which makes it also low porosity. Complying with this request, you have granite, slate and some marbles as ideal materials for a bathroom countertop. Other surfaces require waterproofing, thus shrinking the water absorption coefficient. From the many types of available finishes, polished finish has lowest porosity.
• durability against aggressive agents – you have two types of agents: abrasive and corrosive. The abrasive and mechanical agents, such as scratching the surface, occur accidentally by using sharp tools / devices. Accidental contact with the surface and using blunt objects over the surface will produce scratches but also small cracks or chips. Hard stone countertops (such as slate and granite, with 6-7 hardness on the Mohs scale) are recommended, compared to softer stone (marble, travertine, limestone) with lower hardness (3-4 on the Mohs scale). Corrosive agents include descalers, used innapropriately for cleaning sink faucets and commercial acid detergents, using them both leads to intense damage over countertop’s surface. Likewise, specific cosmetics accidentally spilled over countertop’s surface will have corrosive effect. Waterproofing surfaces of your natural stone countertops protect against water and staining.
• appearance – is essential for your bathroom countertop, usually selected from purely aesthetic reasons. Different types of finish, available for bathroom countertops, have different appearance. The most popular is the polished finish, as the glossy surface reflects the light and creates additional space, while the honed finish conveys a more sober air to your bathroom.
Based on these criteria and the type of stone, you can choose between:
1. Granite Countertop – excellent behavior in wet spaces. Granite is a heavy and hardened natural stone, almost waterproof (low porosity) and fine durability against abrasive and corrosive agents. Yet, it requires durable supports since it is a heavy material. Processing granite countertops (cut-out, edge processing) requires diamond discs and is only recommended for qualified personnel.
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2. Slate Countertop – quite similar features compared to granite, yet less durable against scratching, because slate is sensitive to this. With a slightly higher porosity compared to granite, yet hard and durable against corrosive agents, slate is an excellent choice for your bathroom countertop.
3. Marble Countertop – with different features. As a softer stone, with fine durability against abrasive agents and an average water absorption rate, yet sensitive to corrosive agents, marble countertop should be sealed for protectiion against water and staining. This countertop is very popular because of its soft and delicate look, delivering an intense touch of privacy in any bathroom.
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4. Limestone Countertop – limestone stones are slightly more sensitive if not treated, but they have a more special appearance and are easier to process. The advantage of using limestone for countertops comes from its minor color variation, a very popular feature in many bathrooms.
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5. Travertine Countertop – typical for calcareous stone. Travertine is a softer and more sensitive stone against corrosive agents, conveying an archaic / obsolete appearance. For both situations, soft, quiet colors are popular for bringing balance. Travertine with waterproofed surface enhances durability against water and staining.
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PIATRAONLINE recommends using natural stone counterptops in bathrooms, as durable and stylish solutions, with extended lifetime. Visit our website for our complete product range and you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at +40.318.222.333
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