Guide to Selecting Bathroom Countertops

Granite, solid-surface, tile or quartz, which one should you choose? Industry insiders share the pros and cons of each surface to help you select the best countertop for your bathroom.

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Tile Bathrrom Vanity BW The color and pattern combinations of ceramic tile are nearly endless, making it a great choice when you want a custom look.

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Tile has always been a popular material for bathroom countertops, but homeowners often complain about the need to clean the grout. These days, however, tiles are coming out in much larger sizes, which eliminate the need for numerous grout lines, says Sheila Tilander, a designer with Showplace Design and Remodeling in Redmond, Wash. Through-body (unglazed) porcelain tiles are stronger than granite and about a third of the price. Plus, the myriad types of ceramic and porcelain tiles, including ones that have a metallic look, allow for fabulous designs. Tiles also work well with other materials such as glass or concrete. Tip: Use a colored grout that doesn't show dirt as easily and which plays off the color of the tile. For a striking contrast, try a terra-cotta tile with a dark gray grout.

Tile Maintenance: Grout lines need regular maintenance and cleaning. The tiles can be easily cleaned with any household detergent.

Tile Cost: For plain-colored tiles, $2 to $40 per tile. For handpainted tiles, $5 to $75 per tile.

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