Exploring the Types of Bathroom Counters
Bathroom counters are made from numerous materials. Some are natural. Others are manmade. With so many to pick from, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Exploring the possibilities, weighing the pros and cons of the various types of bathroom counters, and considering your needs and preferences will help you decide which counter is the best choice for your bathroom.
Marble is a natural stone shot through with unique patterns of veins and flecks. It’s famous for its beauty and resists heat and scratches and chips fairly well. However, it can be vulnerable to impacts. In addition, its porous nature means it will stain if it isn’t sealed, so you’ll need to take care to reseal it regularly. You’ll always want to ensure that only the proper cleaners are used. Marble is also one of the more expensive countertop materials, but many homeowners consider it worth it because it’s so highly prized and beautiful.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous natural stone that’s more affordable than marble, you might want to consider granite, according to Family Handyman. This stone is renowned for its attractive patterns and striking veins of color. In fact, it’s highly desirable, so installing it can be a great way to add value to your home. Granite is also naturally resistant to damage from heat, scratches, and chemicals. It’s porous, so staining can be a problem, especially if you choose lighter-hued granite. Using acidic chemicals on your granite counters can also cause problems. However, a countertop that is properly sealed will generally handle normal wear and tear without trouble.
Although quartz may be a mineral, a quartz countertop is considered an engineered product. This type of countertop is made by blending 70 to 90 percent crushed quartz and other minerals with a mix of pigments and resins and forming it into a slab. The high percentage of natural stone in their composition means they look very natural. Because they’re engineered, quartz countertops are stronger and better able to resist stains than natural stones like marble or granite. They can also be formed to fit almost any size or shape.
Cultured Marble & Granite
Unlike natural marble and granite, which are quarried from the earth, cultured marble and granite are man-made. Pulverized natural marble is blended together with synthetic resins and dyes, formed into a countertop, and then coated with a clear gel for protection. This means it’s more affordable than solid marble or granite, does not require sealing, and can be made with integrated sinks and backsplashes. It also boasts the same elegant beauty as natural stone. Keep in mind, however, that just like solid marble and granite, cultured marble and granite countertops can be scratched, chipped, scorched, or cracked, so they should be treated with care.
The Onyx Collection
The Onyx Collection is a range of elegant solid-surface bathroom countertops. These beautiful lavatories are available in a range of edge styles, bowl styles, and sizes, and each lavatory is made to order to ensure it will suit your specific needs. The possibilities are endless! Designed to remain clean with minimal effort, Onyx products are formed from a hydrate crystal — Al2O3+3H2O. The main ingredient is alumina trihydrate, a special polyester resin that the company has developed over the last 30+ years.
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Liberty Home Solutions is proud to be able to offer bathroom remodels in as little as one to two days. We can install walk-in showers, bathtub/shower combos, safety tubs, tile flooring, cabinets, vanities, countertops, and more in just a matter of days. We can even switch up your existing floor plan! And to top it all off, we offer a lifetime transferable warranty so that once the job is done, you can enjoy peace of mind when it comes to your bathroom’s quality and lifespan. Plus, because we’re a locally owned company, we have zero franchise fees, and we’re happy to pass those savings on to you.
It’s easy with Liberty Home Solutions. When you contact our team for a free design consultation and in-home estimate, you can enjoy the benefit of our expertise without any pressure or obligation. We’re happy to discuss ideas with you and help you explore your options so that you can achieve the perfect bathroom makeover. With our high-quality materials and expert installers, you can relax, sit back, and let us handle all that remodeling stress. To learn more, contact Liberty Home Solutions today.