Hello, readers! Welcome back to the Stonehouse Countertops blog! We’re pleased you’ve chosen Stonehouse Countertops for everything you need to know about custom countertop materials. We provide comprehensive deep dives into various aspects of the design and installation process, as well as helpful tips for choosing the best material for your home. Our goal is to equip you with the information you need to commission the perfect countertops! Stonehouse Countertops carries an array of granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, soapstone, silestone, limestone, travertine, onyx, glass, sodalite, slate, and porcelain materials in its inventory. In addition to countertops, we offer fireplace surrounds, patios, floors, and walls. Whatever your design goals, we’re happy to help you achieve your unique vision!

Our last post discussed onyx and its pros and cons for use as a countertop material. Onyx can be a great addition to your bathroom, vanity, backsplash, or around the base of your kitchen island. It is translucent, which means it allows for light to pass through, brightening up any room! This article was part of our All About series– a set of articles that aim to shine a spotlight on the unique attributes of various stone materials. The All About series is everything you need to know to plan the next custom stone addition to your household or commercial space and we hope you’ll go back and give our articles a read! 

Today, we’ll be discussing the best stone for bathroom countertops. Stone countertops are a natural choice for bathroom and kitchen countertops alike, providing genuine elegance and durability. There are tons of options available to choose from, and we offer a live inventory from our stone suppliers so you can narrow down your choices! Bathroom countertops offer a bit more flexibility since there will be no food and beverage spills and no hot pots and pans placed on their surface. The material you choose for bathroom countertops can add a pop of color to your bathroom, incorporate an element of sophistication, or shine beautifully under the light when strategically planned. If you are interested in learning about the types of stone that are best for bathroom countertops, you’re in the right place. Let’s get started!

Marble

Marble is known for adding flair and elegance to any room. It is composed of recrystallized materials such as dolomite and calcite. Since it is a natural stone, it is less resistant to scratching, staining, and cracking than other countertop surfaces. Because of this, it is probably better suited in the bathroom than in the kitchen. In fact, it is one of the most preferred and sought-after materials for bathroom countertops. Marble comes in a variety of colors, ranging from pure white to pale pink and blue tones and even darker shades like blacks and browns. A possible downside to marble is that it is very porous, which means water can enter the surface and cause staining. This is something to keep in mind for bathroom countertops since they will be near a sink and will inevitably get wet. However, staining can be avoided if the marble is properly sealed and maintained regularly. We discussed how to properly seal countertops in our previous post here. With marble, you should stay away from all-purpose cleaners containing synthetics and liquids such as bleach. 

Granite

Considered the “king of stone,” granite is the most popular among natural and manmade stones. Formed by volcanic activity, it glistens and shimmers due to the bits of crystal within it, such as quartz. It has been used as a countertop material since the 1800s and is available in over three thousand different colors! No two slabs of granite are exactly the same, which makes your options limitless. The rarer the color, the more hefty the price tag can be, however. Granite is minimally porous, so while it still needs sealing to protect against staining and etching, you don’t have to worry too much about putting a lot of effort into maintenance. Granite countertops can be customized through finishes, such as a polished or leather finish. This stone is extremely durable and nearly impossible to scratch. As long as granite is cared for, it can last quite a while– Possibly decades. 

Sandstone

Sandstone is composed of sand-sized grains of mineral, rock, or organic material. It is mined and cut from solid stone and has a milky or powdery look due to the talc it contains. This stone comes in predominantly Earth tones, such as tan, but can also appear reddish-brown or have orange tones, with hues of rose or mauve– Great colors for a desert-inspired space. The main issue with sandstone is that it is extremely porous and will quickly absorb liquid. This means that it absolutely needs to be sealed properly in order to prevent stains. Ongoing maintenance will also be necessary. However, sandstone can give your bathroom quite a unique look.

Slate

Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock derived from volcanic ash. In lovely shades of black, charcoal, gray, or pewter, this stone can provide a sleek and elegant look for your bathroom. Some slate slabs may even have muted highlights of red, green, or blue. Although the difference in slate slabs is not as distinct as that of marble, each one is still unique. Slate is non-porous, so it cleans up easily and does not absorb liquid. The stone’s hardness and durability make it a great choice for countertops, whether in the bathroom or kitchen, as it won’t chip or scratch easily. Slate is extremely versatile as well, which makes it easy to blend in with the theme or color palette of your bathroom. Something to watch out for is lower quality slate slabs, as they can be more brittle and prone to chipping. 

Soapstone

This material is primarily composed of talc, making it one of the softest stone materials on 

Earth. This metamorphic rock derives its name from its texture– The talc within the stone offers a smooth, wax-like texture, much like soap. Colors of soapstone range from grays, blacks, and greens, with darker shades being most prominent. Since it is rather soft, it is susceptible to scratches. However, scratches can easily be buffed out with a piece of sandpaper. Additionally, soapstone is non-porous, so it does not stain easily.  Another plus is that chemical substances such as bleach will not etch or degrade the stone, because the stone is considered chemically neutral. Something to keep in mind, though, is that soapstone’s appearance can change over time. Soapstone slabs darken over time and can produce a greenish tint that was not present when first installed. With that being said, if you want your bathroom countertops to appear exactly the same over the years, soapstone may not be the right choice for you.

Limestone

This sedimentary rock is a favorite for its large color selection, and has become increasingly popular over the years. From neutral colors like white and beige to more unique tones like pink and blue, there is sure to be something that catches your eye. Limestone’s distinct fossilized patterns can add a rugged element to any surface. It is known for its classic look that allows it to blend seamlessly with different design styles and decor. Like other stones mentioned above, limestone is porous and chemically sensitive. It requires proper sealing and care, and may require a bit more maintenance than other materials. Limestone typically has a smooth and granular appearance, but can be polished. However, it will not look as shiny as marble or granite. Overall, limestone is an incredibly durable stone with a timeless and elegant look. 

These are just some of the many materials that can be used for bathroom countertops. Each stone has its pros and cons, but it’s all about what works best for you and your lifestyle. No matter what material you decide to go with, you want to be sure it is installed and sealed properly to prevent any damage down the road. We hope you found this article informative! If you’re thinking about the installation of stone for bathroom countertops or any other stone surface, remember: At Stonehouse Countertops, we are willing and able to work with you to your specifications. We offer a wide range of different materials and always have someone on hand to answer your questions! Don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation or for help forming a plan. We want to ensure your vision becomes a reality! Be sure to come back for upcoming articles! Until next time—thanks for reading!