Choosing Bathroom Vanity Tops

February 1, 2018

One of the first impulses when choosing a vanity top is to get something that looks good, and that's natural because they play big role in the overall look and feel of the bathroom. Looks though aren't the whole picture  as the bathroom counter-top also serve a very functional role. That's why it's so important to stop and ask yourself the questions below

How many people will be using it?

Will those people include children?

Does the top need to be custom made?

Is this your dream bathroom or for selling? 

Am i clean person?

 

Now you have asked yourself the hard questions below i will do my best to break down the 4 most common vanity tops we use in  bathroom renovations through out Perth, Western Australia. 

 

Natural Stone 

 

Cons

 

Some stones (unless very dense) are porous and need to be sealed for stain protection

 

Stones that are calcite-based (like marble)  are prone to damage from acid substances 

 

The price can often be high and the range very limited. 

 

 

 

Pros 

 

Adds a level of class to your bathroom renovation feel 

 

Offers a natural beauty that's hard to duplicate

 

Stone is durable and won't easily scratch or mark, particularly in a bathroom environment

 

 

 

Why you should use it. 

 

Natural stone such as marble and granite create a classy feel to a bathroom. For those doing a more traditional bathroom the surface has warmth to it that cant be archived by many bathroom tops. Due to the cost and high level of maintenance for a top such as this i would only recommend for your dream bathroom. 

 

Engineered Stone

 

 

Cons 

 

Can be damaged by highly alkaline or acidic chemicals like drain-clog dissolvers as well as solvents, bleach and abrasive cleansers (the latter can dull the shiny surface)

 

Lack the really natural feel that marbles and granite have 

 

Requires professional installation or will break during the installation process 

 

 

Pros 

 

Hard and durable like stone but without the porosity and need for sealing

 

Styles are available that mimic the look of real stone

 

Wide range of colors/patterns including 'non-earth tone' colors like bright colours

 

Available in pre-made vanity top configurations

 

 

Why you should use it. 

 

Engineered vanity tops are the second most common vanity top we use. Due to its low maintenance and colour selection the tops are cost effective and add a wow factor to the bathroom renovation. 

 

China/Ceramic

 

Cons

 

Due to its high use in hardware stores such as bunnings has lower cost feel to it 

 

Only generally comes in white

 

Limited in basin configuration 

 

Pros

 

Best for cleaning and children 

 

The surface is very resilient and non porous 

 

Comes in wide variety of sizes and is cost effective

 

Why you should use it. 

 

Ceramic vanities are great for clean freaks, rental property or anyone who hates silicon. They are low maintenance and very cost effective. 

 

What to do next. 

 

Now honourable mentions not on this list, laminate and glass both can be used for vanity tops they are just rarely used in Perth. Laminate every person has bad experiences with and glass shows marks like you wouldn't believe so they often get over looked. 

 

 

If you are going to do the dream bathroom do the solid surface, if you want to add a wow without breaking the bank do the engineered stone but if cleaning is your jam then the ceramic top is for you. Look at the pictures and take on the advice to decide whats right for you. 

 

All bathrooms are different with no two ever the same so its important to take our advice as just a guide to help you along the way. The advice we give is based on bathrooms completed in Perth WA. We at on the ball bathrooms love feed back. Let us know what you think, experiences you have had or any questions you would love to know the answer to, we will aim to help or give a little piece of mind as nothing would make us happier. If you are looking for a bathroom renovations quote and you live in Perth, Western Australia please don't hesitate to send us an email at ontheballbathrooms@gmail.com or give us a call on 0419964678

 

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