Bathrooms should be practical, relaxing spaces that serve as a retreat for you and your guests. Every style decision is vital due to the limited square footage in most bathrooms. The countertops you choose for your bathroom space are an important decision. The right countertop material can take your bathroom to the next level in style and class.
Quartz bathroom countertops come in a range of colors and styles that complement nearly any bathroom design. Beyond stylistic considerations, quartz countertops made of engineered stone offer many advantages over natural stone countertops or concrete countertops. They are easy to clean and maintain, long-lasting, and less expensive than other high-end options.
What are Quartz Countertops, and How Are They Made?
Quartz counters are made of naturally mined quartz mixed with resin, pressed into a counter-shaped slab.
Raw quartz is a hard and durable mineral found naturally in sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rock. It has a score of 7/10 on the Mohs scale, which measures mineral hardness. The hardest substance on earth, the diamond, measures 10/10 on the Mohs scale, highlighting why quartz is considered a premium building material for engineered stone countertops.
To create quartz counters, high-quality chunks of quartz are pulled from the earth and ground down into fine sand. The sand is mixed with a resin-binding agent at a 9:1 ratio, and all air is vacuumed out of the mixture. This process creates an ultra-dense and non-porous material shaped into a quartz slab. Pigments and glass shards can be added for a wide range of colorations and textures.
These slabs come in various quartz colors and bold patterns for you to choose from for your bathroom renovation. When you work with a professional countertop installer like Motor City Granite & Cabinets, you will select your preferred quartz color palette and have it cut into custom-made quartz bathroom vanity tops for your modern bathroom.
Cost-Effective Compared to Other High-End Counters
Obtaining custom countertops for your guest or master bathroom is typically an expensive undertaking. Solid surface countertops made of natural stone like granite or marble cost between $40 to $60 per square foot and $75 to $250 per square foot, respectively. Even concrete countertops run about $70 per square foot.
Alternatively, prefabricated countertops cost much less per square foot than natural stone options. Prefabricated countertops are sometimes made of quality material, but they may not provide the customized look of cut-to-order countertops in the bathroom since they are premade.
Quartz countertops are an excellent middle ground for beautiful countertops. The exact cost of a quartz bathroom countertop depends on many factors like color, size, and shape. However, you can design a bathroom with quartz countertops at an affordable price of about $55 per square foot.
Considering their affordability and durability, quartz counters are also a good investment for the future. Quartz surfaces often outlast their 10-year warranty, and as long as you avoid mechanical damage, their life cycle is nearly endless.
While quartz is more expensive than prefabricated laminate counters or ceramic tiles, it is one of the most durable materials to create bathroom countertops. Its superior durability and minimal maintenance cost make it an excellent choice for those seeking high-quality materials on a budget.
Endless Style Options
The main advantage of quartz countertops is that they complement any bathroom style or aesthetic. Quartz counters offer you a wider range of options than natural stone or prefabricated counters. With engineered quartz countertops, you can opt for a marble-looking design or quartz countertops in various colors and patterns.
You can also opt for solid-colored countertops that look great with white cabinets, ceramic tile backsplash, or gray cabinets. Your choices are endless and depend on your personal style and taste.
Modern and simple
Solid white countertops complement any bathroom design, making them a popular choice for quartz counters. White countertops provide your space with a clean, crisp look that pairs well with everything from mosaic ceramic tiles to a white bathroom vanity with gray cabinets.
Modern design also favors neutral colors like black, gray, and tan. Gray quartz countertops are an excellent choice to pair with white vanities, while black bathroom counters with subtle veining look great with white flooring tiles and light cabinetry.
Texturize with speckles and mottles
You can enhance any color of the quartz slab with texture-adding clear quartz pieces. This gives a countertop a speckled appearance that catches sunlight beautifully. Mottled quartz countertops add smears and spots of color that juxtapose with the base color.
Textured engineered quartz makes any bathroom with quartz countertops stand out. They also look great with any bathroom sink to create a one-of-a-kind, beautiful bathroom. Work with Motor City Granite & Cabinets to find a stunning, textured slab of engineered quartz that gives just the right visual touch to your double vanity or single sink bathroom vanity.
Marbled engineered quartz is classic and brings elegance and class to your bathroom—a white quartz countertop with subtle brown marbling pairs well with wood cabinets. A black or navy quartz countertop with white or gold marbling creates an eye-catching effect that works with a variety of colors and design schemes.
The professionals at Motor City Granite & Cabinets can help you create a gorgeous bathroom with quartz countertops with the right design choices. We can pair your quartz counters with ceramic tiles or a white bathroom vanity to make the design stand out.
Simple Maintenance and Cleaning
Quartz countertops are easy to maintain, disinfect, and keep stain-free. The air vacuuming process makes them non-porous and highly resistant to stains during manufacturing. This is ideal in a bathroom or powder room where makeup and hygiene products frequently end up on the counter.
Non-porous surfaces like quartz are easy to disinfect because microbes only exist on the surface. They are also resistant to mold and mildew growth, ideal in bathrooms where water and humidity are constantly present.
Marble and granite countertops require sealing to form a liquid-resistant solid surface. Quartz countertops have no such requirement, so they save money in maintenance over their long lifespan.
Maintenance and cleaning tips
Keep the following quartz maintenance and cleaning tips in mind to maintain your quartz counters. Doing so will give you a long-lasting countertop option that looks great and performs well for several years.
- Wipe your quartz counters down with warm water and a soft cloth
- Avoid using extremely hot water or abrasive materials to clean your counters
- Always use a soft cloth instead of paper towels or rough materials and warm water to remove dirt and build-up
- Use a clean, dry cloth to dry your countertops and avoid water spots
- Never use acidic cleaners on your quartz countertops; instead, use mild soap with a pH of between 5 and 8
Keeping acidic substances away from your quartz counters is one of the most critical aspects of care. These cleaners damage the sealant, which can cause issues with the underlying engineered quartz slab.
Also, quartz countertops are sensitive to heat, so avoid placing hot items on these surfaces. Objects like hair straighteners and curling irons can cause thermal shock damage like cracking and discoloration.
Enhance Your Bathroom With a Quartz Countertop
The advantages of quartz countertops, from their various style options to easy maintenance, make them an affordable option for any bathroom. Discover high-end countertops and service at Motor City Granite & Cabinets. We have over 30 years of combined experience designing and installing engineered materials like quartz.
Contact us today to learn more about our design services and countertop options.