When it comes to deciding on the material you’d like to use for your bathroom vanity countertops, you may be stuck at a crossroads. Both granite and marble are two of the most popular countertop materials for bathrooms, but how do you make that final decision when it comes to choosing one of them? As with everything, there are positive and negative aspects to consider with each material before making that final investment. Countertops are important because they add to both the function and décor of your bathroom, so it’s important to make sure you consider the impact of each material before making your final decision. Below, we’ve included some of the things you’ll want to consider if you find yourself between a rock and a hard place.
Marble is often viewed as a luxury item, and it’s not exclusive to countertops. The most contemporary and luxurious bathrooms make great use of marble, using it for walls, shower interiors, tub exteriors, and more. Marble is also slightly more expensive than granite. Marble starts at approximately $25 more per square inch than the cost of granite. Marble is less resistant to chips, scratches, and stains. If not cared for very carefully, marble will begin to show signs of wear and tear over the years, and it is difficult to restore pieces of the marble that are chipped or stained. Marble holds larger more spacious patterns and gives off that luxurious appearance that is often associated with this type of stone. Ultimately, marble may provide your bathroom with a more appealing design, but will be more costly and require a greater level of maintenance and overall care.
Granite’s design differs from that of marble and it is easy to recognize by a few tell-tale signs. Granite has grains that are recognizable in specks throughout the material. The design is typically smaller and can include a multitude of colors such as blue, green, orange, pink and red. Granite is harder than marble so it is more durable and resistant to chips and scratches. Both granite and marble are porous, so without a seal, liquids can penetrate the materials and leave permanent stains. However, with a seal, granite is ultimately more resistant to stains and can withstand water damage longer. Over the course of ownership, granite ultimately requires less maintenance than does marble. Furthermore, granite will save you about a quarter of the price of marble per square inch.
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When comes down to that final decision, it really just depends on your specific taste in the difference appearances between granite and marble, especially if you are trying to achieve a certain color pattern. Cost may also be a factor, especially for larger vanities and countertops. The last thing to consider is the maintenance that you are willing to put out for your bathroom countertop over its lifespan. If it will experience minimal to no use by adults exclusively, marble might be a great option; but if the countertops will experience frequent use by children or guests, granite might be the smarter choice.