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Like all rooms in the home, the bathroom goes through its fair share of trends and there’s no more vital trend to stay up to date on than bathroom counters.
Bathrooms counters wear many hats. Not only do they have to look great, but must be durable, low maintenance and of course, water resistant. Back in the day, tile answered the bell, but since then, many more stylish and durable options have come to market.
Let us simplify your next bathroom counter decision with our bathroom countertop trends for 2015.
Quartz Bathroom Countertops
Undoubtedly, the hottest bathroom counter on the market is quartz. This timeless option may not be as strong as granite, but its beautiful exterior comes in a wide array of colors and does not require sealing. Due to its earthy coloring, no two pieces of quartz counters are alike.
Of course, their updated and contemporary design comes with its fair share of costs. According to our quartz material estimator, quartz counters, on average, cost $60 per square foot.
Engineered Quartz Bathroom Countertops
The most popular form of quartz is engineered quartz. Engineered quartz is a manufactured mixture of about 95% crushed quartz stone and 5% resin. The resin acts as a binder and offers enhanced durability and resistance to corrosion and chipping.
The average minimum cost per finished square foot of engineered quartz counters is $38.
Onyx Bathroom Countertops
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Another type of quartz counter that is trending this year is onyx. Its unique patterns and beauty come from its natural coloring that you can’t get with any other countertop option.
There are many advantages to installing onyx counters, including its expensive look, increased home value and color options. They’re easy to clean and can be wiped down with just soap and water.
Sadly, like other quartz counters, onyx is expensive, ranging between $40 and $250 per square foot. Also, onyx can’t handle heat. Accidently placing your hot hair dryer on onyx could ruin your expensive bathroom counter.
Granite Bathroom Countertops
Despite the fact that many homeowners are moving away from granite, it still remains a prominent bathroom feature in powder rooms across the country. If you are looking for a classic look in your bathroom, granite is still the leader of the pact.
Granite is one of the most durable options on the market as it resists stains and isn’t damaged by heat or water. They are extremely durable and many include beautiful swirls and specks that add to the aroma of any bathroom.
Much like quartz, granite counters come with a hefty price tag. The average minimum cost of a granite bathroom counter project is $2,559 or approximately $64 per square foot.
Recycled Glass Bathroom Countertops
A fun and different option gaining steam is recycled glass. As the name suggests, recycled glass countertops use a minimum of 85% post-consumer recycled glass materials. The recycled glass is then mixed into cement, resin or melted to form a new sheet of solid glass.
Of course, this green option reduces waste and saves energy. However, the process is very tricky and fragile. Unlike some of the previously mentioned options, we highly recommend hiring a bathroom pro to install recycled glass counters.
Much like other green options around the home, recycled glass counters are expensive with the average minimum cost coming in at $75.09 per square foot.
Marble Bathroom Countertops
The bathroom is the ideal location for marble countertops. When it comes to marble, most enjoy its wide array of hues that range from white, black, rose, yellow, green and gray. Unlike onyx, marble can take the heat.
When you look at the drawbacks of marble counters, you will quickly see why more homeowners are putting marble in the bathroom as opposed to the kitchen. Marble counters are porous. Oil, wine and juice can penetrate marble very quickly and can sadly damage the counter. One should be very careful with nail polish and makeup remover as well.
The average minimum cost of marble countertops is $40 per square foot. Overall, marble is cheaper than many other stone countertop options, brightens bathrooms and is very easy to clean.
Laminate Bathroom Countertops
Dialing the price back a bit, we come to laminate bathroom counters. As recently as a few years ago, laminate accounted for over 75% of the countertops installed in the U.S. Plastic laminates are engineered to look like costlier counters, but are available at a fraction of the price. These counters resist grease and stains. Cleaning is simple and requires just soapy water.
On the other side, color and pattern trends can make plastic laminate look dated after a few years. Fortunately, with a minimum cost of just $25 per square foot, many homeowners still choose this budget-friendly option.
Tip: If you are looking for an updated form of laminate, try glam laminate. Renowned designer Jonathan Adler has partnered with Formica to create a line of laminates in nine color and pattern combinations that certainly bring laminate back to the forefront.
Soapstone Bathroom Countertops
Soapstone is another durable and nonporous option for bathroom counters. Surprisingly, neither granite nor marble can boast this kind of durability. It tends to be less “busy" visually with attractive waves and striations in black, gray and charcoal hues.
Soapstone is resistant to bacteria and with time and exposure, the character of the stone can change. This is often considered part of its beauty. The cost of soapstone is relatively high, coming in at $64 per square foot.
Bathroom countertop trends come and go. Granite is still a classic look, quartz offers a new look and recycled glass gives your bathroom an eclectic touch not many neighbors will have. In the end, it all depends on what countertop you want to see every day.
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