Bathroom Counters: Granite? Marble? Quartz? Or Onyx?

If you are remodeling your home, you know the value of having a beautiful bathroom. But which material should you use for your bathroom counters? Granite is a common choice because of its beauty and resilience. It is also fairly easy to clean, stain resistant, and holds up well to wear and tear. The stone can be quarried locally -- that is, within the United States -- so it tends to be a higher supply than other rocks and less expensive as well. If the countertop is used heavily, it will need to be resealed on a yearly basis because granite is a fairly porous material without the sealant.

Marble is a classic, beautiful stone sometimes chosen to be used for bathroom counters. Marble is a stone with signature veins that come in different colors and intensities. However, marble is a very porous stone that can be easily etched or stained by acids, chemicals, heat and even sitting water. A new seal must always be reapplied yearly and harsh chemicals can never be used to disinfect marble. The stone is also only available from foreign quarries, meaning it less available and more expensive. If you choose marble, be prepared for heavy maintenance.

Quartz is an option if you are partial to the veiny appearance of marble but wish for something less expensive and easier to maintain. It is a material that is engineered, so it carries most of the positive qualities you could ever want in your countertops. Quartz imitates the look of limestone or marble without the need to seal like granite and marble require. The stone is long-lasting and durable, making it a very practical choice for bathroom counters .

Onyx is a popular choice for real estate owners in Boca Raton, FL who want something a little different in their bathrooms. Many different colors and patterns are available. Onyx has veins in it, but looks quite different from the thin delicate veins found in marble. The appearance is closer to the look of wood grain in its thickness and beauty. Some colors appear translucent, giving your counters a gorgeous sheen. To keep it clean, blot spills immediately rather than wiping them and spreading the effects of the spill around the countertop. Many cleaners are too acidic for onyx, but environmental products with a balanced pH are great for cleaning the lovely stone. Choosing between materials for your bathroom counters can be a difficult decision, but hopefully you can find something that suits your appearance and care preferences.