There are many kinds of worktops you can choose from for your bathroom, ranging from laminate to wood or from tile to glass. However, many people prefer a stone worktop – and this seems to be a logical and natural choice. Something primitive inside us attracts us to the stone worktop; maybe because it conjures up images of clean water and smooth elegance. The organic quality and beautiful durability speaks to us. Yet there are many kinds of stone worktops, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. So how do we choose? If you’re thinking of a stone worktop for your bathroom, here’s what you should know.
If you want some elegance in your bathroom, marble is an easy choice. The highly polished surface looks clean and it comes in a variety of colours and designs. Its veining can range from green to pink or from grey to blue. Unfortunately, marble is susceptible to staining, even though it is one of the more expensive stones. Staining can be prevented, though, by treating it with a silicone sealer on a regular basis.
Slate has a textured surface, which gives it that organic look ideal for informal and laid-back places. Because of its nature and makeup, it easily splits into natural layers, which makes it perfect to make countertops from. It’s softer than granite but extremely durable nevertheless, and comes in a variety of colours. It, like marble, is quite expensive and must be treated to avoid staining.
Like slate, limestone is perfect for informal settings and relaxing interiors. The sandy stone often reveals imprints of fossilised animal and plant life, which makes for great conversation starters and allows us to go back to our primitive roots. It comes in a variety of colours, but since it is very absorbent, it must be maintained and cleaned regularly.
Granite is probably one of the most expensive choices out there, but it provides a rich and elegant look which makes it well worth the expense. It’s very durable and almost impossible to scratch. Like other stones, it’s available in a vast array of colours, as you can see from the selection at http://www.jrstone.co.
Sandstone brings nature into the home; its coarse-grained texture is created by moving water or by wind. Like other stones, it’s important to protect it from stains by regularly sealing it.
And don’t forget soapstone. This kind of stone is commonly used in chemistry labs (and for good reason) but fits nicely into the bathroom as well. It’s usually grey in colour and very heat resistant, and because it’s non-porous, it doesn’t stain easily. However, whatever kind of stone you choose for your bathroom worktop, make sure you have informed yourself regarding the advantages and disadvantages – and choose wisely.
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