The National Kitchen and Bath Association provides a wealth of information for those thinking about remodeling their bathrooms or kitchens. This article focuses on material selection for the bathroom vanity top.
Granite and marble are very beautiful and at $125 to $250 per lineal foot, the most expensive. For some, this will be a non-starter for this countertop material. However, if the price is not an issue for you, granite is an excellent choice; it doesn’t stain.
Granite or marble tiles are a less expensive solution than purchasing and entire sheet to be cut to size.
Cultured marble is another less expensive option, and is made from chips of real marble embedded in plastic. It costs $50 to $80 per lineal foot. One drawback is that scratches cannot be removed.
Laminate is a popular option, due to the endless variety of colors and an inexpensive price tag. The can be bought in pre-fabricated vanity tops.
Solid surface countertops have the look of stone, but have fewer drawbacks. Made with acrylic resin, they require very little maintenance and scratches and even minor burns can be repaired with sandpaper.
They are available in many colors and imitation stone, and can be purchased as ready-made vanity tops with integrated sinks. Pricing is from approximately $100 to $250 per lineal foot installed.
Tile is an attractive durable finish for countertops. Of course it is available in many colors, patterns and textures. Grout that must be cleaned can be a drawback. Tile installations cost between $10 to $40 per lineal foot.
Wood is also used as a vanity countertop, but is especially vulnerable to water damage. It must be well sealed to keep it clean and prevent rot. It runs $25 to $40 per lineal foot.
Be sure to check out the NKBA website for many more articles on plumbing fixture selection, cabinets, faucets and budgeting your remodel, as well.