The top choice for five-star bath remodels, granite is a versatile, durable surface. Formed from quartz, feldspar, mica and other materials, this igneous rock produces a striking surface with a variety of color options. Strong enough for the busiest kitchens, it can easily withstand anything the bath dishes outfrom dropped glasses to hot flat irons.
Granite offers the ultimate look of luxury with crystalline grain texture and rich speckles. It's a versatile choice that complements virtually any décor, from sleek contemporary settings to nature-inspired retreats. Consider these factors when choosing granite:
- Measurements: Countertop thickness varies by geographic location from three-quarter inch to an inch and a quarter (preferred). Standard overhang is an inch to an inch and a half. A range of edge treatments is available, including straight, beveled and rounded.
- Color: Granite comes in a wide range of colors, including gold, blue, brown, green, violet, black and white.
- Finish: Choose from a few finish options. Polished granite is sleek and shiny. A honed or matte surface is less glossy and a little more porous. A leather finish offers unique texturing reminiscent of leather.
- Slab or tile: Unbroken expanses of granite lend a luxurious look and exude contemporary flair. Granite tiles offer the same surface beauty at a lower cost and with simpler installation.
- Practicality: Polished surfaces in dark colors can show watermarks and fingerprints. Granite is virtually nonporous, so water won't cause damage.
- Sink types: Options include drop-in, undermount and vessel styles.
- Budget Considerations: Beautiful granite can be a pricey countertop option. And if you're choosing granite slab, unlike tiles, you can't just buy what you needyou need to purchase the whole thing. A professional will then cut it and install it carefully.
What if you only require a small vanity countertop? You have a couple of options. First, check with a fabricator regarding the availability of remnants. These leftover pieces can be a great deal if you don't have your heart set on a specific slab. Second, consider how you could best use the remainder of the slab. It may be ideal to top a modest kitchen island or a small table.
Dramatic Dark Granite
Rich dark granite makes a bold statement in the bath. The surface is heat-resistant, eliminating worries about hot curling irons. Shown: Verde Butterfly. Photo courtesy of Cosentino SenSa Granite
Engineered granite—formed from stone, granite and quartz—offers the same good looks with added durability. It withstands heat, stains and scratches. Photo courtesy of Granite Transformations