Creating a relaxing, appealing and practical bathroom can be tricky. Stone worktops offer a great solution to common bathroom problems as they are elegant, hard-wearing and easy to clean. Once you’ve decided to go with stone for your bathroom, the question is simply: which one? With modern sealing technologies, it’s possible to make even porous stones waterproof enough to be a good choice for a stone bathroom worktop. Unlike in years gone by, it’s possible to use almost any stone for a bathroom worktop so the best stone bathroom worktop is simply the one you love – the colour, texture and finish which you find most attractive and which suits you home. It can be hard to fully experience the different colours and textures of stone online, which is why we always recommend that anyone considering a Surrey stone bathroom worktop visits our showroom, where we have numerous samples that you can handle and examine in person.
Natural stone worktops
Classic stones such as marble and granite have competition from newer arrivals such as limestone and quartz. Each has its own advantages, but the key elements separating natural stones from manufactured stones are the richness of the natural colours and the unique veining. As each stone has developed over time, no two will have identical patterning. Depending on your personal style, this may be an advantage or a disadvantage. Marble worktops are classically elegant and offer a high-quality finish. Somewhat porous, both marble and limestone worktops should be professionally finished to prevent staining from prolonged use and maintain their lustre. Granite worktops are much less porous and even less likely to stain, however the range of colours available is different, which means that although this is a much sought-after stone for bathrooms, it is not to everyone’s taste.
Manufactured stone worktops
Typically designed to have a uniform surface, without the veining of natural stone, manufactured stones are easy to match and come in a wide range of colours and styles. New technological developments have improved not only the durability of manufactured stone but also the appearance. Manufactured stone is very versatile and can be used either as a solid block or a thin laminate, allowing you to create stone-topped surfaces without the weight. Quartz-based manufactured stones are very popular as they have a subtle sparkle which adds a touch of glamour to the bathroom. Silestone has natural antibacterial properties, while Ceasarstone offers an astonishing 70 colour choices. Manufactured stone worktops are both durable and attractive, helping you create an appealing and relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom.
Beyond stone bathroom worktops
The advantages of stone in the bathroom extend beyond worktops. Creating a unified feel with matching or coordinating stone tiles can give a room a very luxurious look while keeping it easy to clean and maintain. At Surrey Marble and Granite, we can provide everything you need for a stone bathroom, from tiles to bespoke bathroom worktops.