Depending on the age of your bathroom, you likely either have a laminate or solid-surface countertop. Although both are still options for a bathroom remodel, neither are now common options.
Although some people (including remodelers) use these terms interchangeably, they are different materials. Quartz is a partially synthetic material made from quartzite, resin, pigment and sometimes glass. Quartzite is natural stone and has to be sealed from time to time. Quartz is an easier option to maintain because it doesn’t require sealing, but don’t put a hot tool on it as the resin can be damaged with heat. Both are available at different price points but tend to be more expensive than other countertop materials.
Once the top choice in bathroom remodeling for countertops, granite is still a good choice. It’s durable, heat-resistant and there are many affordable options. No matter what style or color scheme you’re using in your bathroom remodel, you can find an option in granite. Remember, you’ll have to have it sealed periodically.
Like quartz and quartzite, marble has grown in popularity recently. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a light natural stone. However, marble stains easily so if you don’t clean up a spill immediately, you could end up with a stain even if its properly sealed. Marble is more expensive than granite and about the same as some quartzite.
The most common solid-surface material is cultured marble. Some solid-surface countertops include an integrated sink which helps with a bathroom remodeling project on a budget. Rarely is it used in a high-end bathroom remodel. It does have its benefits as it is extremely durable, doesn’t require much upkeep and is stain-resistant. However, like quartz, you don’t want to set an extremely hot iron on it or you will damage it.
Laminate is still an option. It is quite affordable but doesn’t last as long as any of the above materials. It’s easily scratched or scorched by heating elements. You can also choose tile but there’s a lot of maintenance and it will look dated. Wood and metal are two other options that work, depending on the style you’re going for and the bathroom you’re remodeling. Both require a lot of upkeep to look good.
Source: GM Roth