Granite remains the most popular choice for kitchen worktops. But have you thought about granite bathroom countertops?
This igneous rock was born underground under intense pressure and heat. Unsurprisingly then, it’s perhaps the most robust stone you could pick. Plus, it looks fantastic combined with chrome and shiny metals.
Here’s why you should consider granite tops for your new bathroom.
1. They’ll Last (Nearly) Forever
If longevity is key to your decision, know that wood and less hard stone will wear down faster. But granite is almost immune to regular wear and tear.
If you’re already living in your ‘forever home’, you might like the idea of not replacing your bathroom for at least a couple of decades. Or more.
Besides longevity, there are loads of other benefits to granite bathroom countertops.
2. They’re Very Hard to Damage
When you use any worktop, it wears down slowly over a long period of time – that’s what we’ve talked about above. But there’s something else to consider.
It’s easy to score or mark laminate countertops if you drop something on them – say a mirror or a bathroom ornament. Or to damage the corners of wood countertops by scraping things across them by mistake.
But granite? Granite is super tough.
You should be more worried about chipping your nails than digging into the worktop. It has a density of 5,932.64 pounds per cubic meter.
Let’s compare that with oak, one of the hardest of hardwoods. Oak has a density of between 1,322.77 and 1,984.16 pounds per cubic meter. Which means that granite is three times as dense (or more) as oak.
3. Heat Resistant
Granite isn’t just resistant to physical damage. It withstands heat well too, perfect for people who like to use ceramic curlers and straighteners. But put them down on the countertop, forgetting about the heat.
Granite doesn’t care. In the kitchen, it can withstand pots and pans straight off the hob. That’s one of the reasons the material is also loved as a material for kitchen worktops.
Be careful though – some types of granite are good conductors. This means they absorb heat fairly well, which can create a hot spot of stone for a short time. Be careful not to put your hand down on it.
4. Stain Resistant
Granite doesn’t stain easily. So don’t worry about make-up and other toiletries on your granite bathroom countertops.
They won’t cause an issue, and any mess or spillage should wipe off easily with a damp cloth.
On top of this, you can choose a style that’s good at hiding marks and stains, such as our black mosaic granite. Take a look at our full range before you make a decision, we’d love to show you more.
5. Granite Is Easy to Maintain
As you might’ve guessed by this point, granite is pretty self-sufficient. It’s durable, hard to damage, and doesn’t require an awful lot of maintenance either.
To clean it, warm soapy water and a sponge is all you will need.
Some granites do need to be sealed – ask us if you’re unsure. But this is a quick 20-minute job, and it isn’t necessary with all types. It depends on the mineral composition of your individual stone.
6. Granite Adds Value to Your Home
Installing granite bathroom countertops is a relatively small project that could add tens of thousands to the value of your home.
You may not be selling today. But since the granite will last for so long, it’ll still appeal to buyers who view your home years later.
Why not pair your new bathroom tops with new kitchen tops for double the effect?
7. It’s Eco-Friendly
Granite is a natural material which is prepared for residential and commercial use in large volumes. Unlike some other materials, it’s an environmentally-friendly choice.
One 282-apartment complex which is being billed heavily as an eco-friendly unit is using granite for both bathroom and kitchen countertops, for example. It’s being built as an Earthcraft Certified Community.
The use of granite poses no significant long-term risk to the environment. Unlike some of the plastics used to create synthetic plastic laminate counters.
8. Granite Is Stunning
Granite bathroom countertops are gorgeous.
After being professionally prepared for use in the home, granite has an incredible natural sheen. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep it this way – don’t feel that you need to polish it each week, for instance.
It reflects sunlight really well too. This means it can brighten up rooms which don’t necessarily have the best natural light in the first place.
As we’ve hinted, there are actually loads of different types to choose from, each with their own individual character. And when we say ‘individual’, we really mean it. Each slab is as unique as the last, crafted first by nature – and then by us.
You can choose something neutral and classy, or something that brings a touch of originality to your bathroom. It’s up to you.
You’re guaranteed to find something that you like in our granite range.
Where to Find Granite Bathroom Countertops
International Granite & Stone supplies beautiful granite countertops through the Orlando, Sarasota, and Tampa Bay areas. Our services can also be taken further afield if necessary.
Our range allows you to choose from hundreds of different types of granite, so you can select the perfect choice for your bathroom counters.
Or if you’re not sure granite is right for your home, check out our blog for advice. We discuss the various benefits of each of the stone tops we sell, and offer top tips on choosing the best stone for your home.