With almost a dozen options, choosing a counter top material for your bathroom or kitchen remodel can be quite overwhelming. There are several aspects to consider, including price, maintenance and style-compatibility, but each room requires its own separate factors as well. For instance, functionality is important in kitchens while appearance is the most important option in the bathroom. But don't sweat it, we've broken down all the materials to provide you with a handy guide on which counter top is the best choice for your bathroom or kitchen remodel.
Granite: Granite is one of the most popular counter top materials, especially in the kitchen, as it has held up style-wise for decades. Scratch and heat-resistant, it is easy to clean, but does require periodical sealing if you want to protect the natural stone finish.
Average price: $100-225 per square foot
Stainless Steal: With an appearance that works for most kitchen styles, you'd be hard-pressed to find a room it didn't compliment. Stainless steal is nonporous and antibacterial, which is especially important in the bathroom, and is easy to clean with a simple combination of soap and water. However, it tends to be higher on the price scale.
Average price: $75-140 per square foot
Wood/Butcher Block: If your goal is to make a warm, home-style kitchen or bathroom remodel, then this is the choice for you. In the kitchen, it's best because you'll never need a cutting board again and it makes for a great prep-area for the experienced chef. However, wood is extremely vulnerable to moisture, so a seal around bathroom and kitchen sinks is necessary.
Average price: $35-200 per square foot
Marble: Marble is the most glamorous material, and therefore the most expensive, and is the most popular counter top choice for bathroom remodels. A natural white color scheme makes a bathroom a much more relaxing and elegant environment. In the kitchen, it is best suited for bakers, but not so much for chefs because it isn't as durable. Marble is a soft, natural stone and therefore prone to chips and stains, but a sealing can help guard it from sharp cookware.
Average price: $125-250 per square foot
Concrete: A moderately priced counter top material, concrete looks great with any remodeled design, since they compliment other materials like wood and stone. Concrete counter tops are usually custom-made so they can be manufactured in any color or style, which provides maximum design possibilities. However, this material is extremely heavy so the kitchen and bathroom structure must be prepared to handle the weight.
Average price: $70-140 per square foot
Quartz: Quartz is resistant to stains, scratches and heat, which makes it one of the most durable counter top materials. It is easy to clean and is one of the few options that do not require sealing or regular maintenance. Additionally, it is available in a wide range of colors so it is sure to compliment any kitchen or bathroom style. Quartz is known for its ability to mimic granite or marble, but it is almost the same cost, so if material appearance is a big factor for you, it might be wise to splurge on the real natural stone material.
Average price: $100-185 per square foot
Tile: Tile is one of the most budget-friendly options and is also fairly easy to install yourself so you might not even have to hire a contractor. It is often one of the most popular choices for a bathroom remodel as it is an excellent way to create a colorful mosaic or backsplash. While it is heat and stain resistant, grout loves the cracks in between the tiles, so it does require regular cleaning.
Average price: $20-75 per square foot
Laminate: Made of plywood or particleboard with a thin sheet of plastic covering, laminate counter tops often take on the appearance of stone, metal or wood counter tops for half the price. It is easy to clean and is heat, stain and scratch resistant, but extremely sharp knives and hot pans commonly found in kitchens can do some damage with little chance of repair.
Average price: $20-50 per square foot
Eco-Friendly: The top three environmentally friendly counter top materials are bamboo, recycled glass and paper composite. These materials are often made using with sustainable or recycled content, low toxicity binders or eco-friendly manufacturing. Recycled glass is often a great choice for a small bathroom because it can make it appear larger by providing unobstructed views of the floor for a greater sense of openness. Paper counter tops are also one of the most durable materials, so it's optimal for a kitchen counter top.
Average price: $50-125
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