When it comes to choosing a bathroom vanity top you want to choose a material that is resistant to water, toothpaste, makeup, acetone based liquids, and of course soap. Most of the new bathroom vanity tops are made out of the following materials: Tempered Glass, Solid Porcelain, and Cultured Marble.
It is very important that you pick a bathroom vanity top that will match your personal needs. To help you decide which of these options is right for you, we have put together a summary guide of the pros and cons for each countertop material.
1. Tempered Glass
Pros: In either clear or frosted finish tempered glass offers a unique, sleek and modern look that will set your bathroom vanity apart. It is one of the easiest surfaces to clean and has very good tolerance to heat, it won’t burn or melt if you ever forget to turn off that curling iron! Tempered glass is also a non-porous surface which means bacteria and germs have no place to grow making it very hygienic and stain resistant. Another advantage of tempered glass is that you don’t have to worry about matching it with your toilet or tub color, since it is a different material, any color fixtures (white or bone) will match. Lastly, to add more drama to your bathroom remodeling project install surface light underneath the tempered glass top.
Cons: Even though tempered glass has been heat treated to increase its strength, it can scratch or chip depending on how is handled. Also, if not cleaned properly it can show finger prints and water spots (especially clear glass).
2. Solid Porcelain
Pros: Porcelain offers a contemporary look and matches beautifully with other fixtures in the bathroom. It has an extra smooth surface that prevents debris from sticking. It requires very little upkeep to make it look clean and shiny all the time. It is also very strong, doesn’t chip easily, and wont melt if exposed to high temperatures.
Cons: It can crack or chip depending on the abuse.
3. Cultured Marble
Pros: Made from the mix of natural marble chips and acrylic resin, cultured marble offers the classic and shiny look of natural marble and granite without the expensive price tag. This strong surface is very durable, stain resistant and requires minimum maintenance.
Cons: Heavy falling objects and extreme heat (not too much of a threat in bathrooms) can cause this surface to chip, scratch or melt.