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Signature Hardware Vanity Top Options

 

 
 
Considering the number of options available, selecting a vanity top can be difficult. It is important to have a thorough understanding of vanity top materials to ensure that your selection will address the needs and style of your home. In this article, you'll find detailed descriptions of each vanity top material to give you a better idea of their looks, quality, and differences.
 
Granite
 
Featuring a high-end look, granite is the most popular natural stone used for vanity countertops. Each granite top has its own distinctive traits including color variation, veining, and flecks of minerals such as copper, silver, or gold. Granite forms as molten rock cools deep underground. During the cooling process, crystals develop to create the speckles, flecks, and flakes that bring character and uniqueness to each top.

Granite is very dense and tough, making it an excellent stone for everyday use. Its anti-bacterial and heat-resistant properties make it an ideal material for bathrooms. To clean a granite vanity top, simply wipe with a soft cloth and warm water. Mild household cleansers can be used occasionally for a deeper cleaning. It is important to note that most natural granite requires annual resealing, and any damage to the edges or corners of the top will need to be repaired by a professional.
 
   Absolute Black Granite  
  This granite is a beautiful, elegant mixture of black and white speckles and is accented with natural flakes of gold mineral deposits. The high gloss finish gives this stone a look that works well with a variety of decors and will add sophistication to your bath.  
     
   Andromeda White Granite  
  Predominantly white, this granite features silver graining with hints of seafoam. Deep red crystals are randomly peppered throughout to add a bit of color and contrast. This is the perfect granite option for those searching for a white top with some personality.  
     
   Dark Santa Cecilia Granite  
  The predominant color of this granite is a creamy yellow, with striations of brown and honey and burgundy accents. The details of this granite make an unusual pattern, that when viewed from a distance, blend into beautiful gold tones.  
     
Marble
 
Marble is another great vanity top option. It is luxurious, warm, and can add sophistication to any space. Like granite, marble is full of natural veining and markings. Because marble is a result of the metamorphosis of limestone, the swirls and vein patterns you see are actually caused by minerals that were originally grains or layers in the limestone.

Marble is maintained much like granite; wipe your marble vanity top with a soft cloth and warm water daily with the occasional use of mild household cleaner. Marble can chip and scratch under heavy use so it may be best used in a powder room or guest bathroom. Because of the porous nature of natural stone, marble should be sealed periodically to protect from staining.
 
   Beige Serpeggiante Marble  
  Sourced from Italy, this gorgeous marble displays various shades of beige and brown in a wavy, woodgrain-like pattern. This marble fits perfectly into rustic and urban bathroom designs, and marries well with any surrounding decor.  
     
   Black Marquina Marble  
  A deep black background is contrasted by elaborate, bright white veining throughout this stone. Sourced from Spain, this classy marble is sure to present an upscale look and feel in your master bath.  
     
   Carrara Marble  
  A predominantly white pattern with a few stray shades of darker gray or black, this is the iconic marble that has made the stone so famous as a beautiful and timeless tool of architecture and art.  
     
Quartz
 
A high-end substitute to natural stone, quartz is an engineered solid-surface material that is used to manufacture vanity tops. Quartz countertops are made up of crushed quartz (typically 93%) mixed with resin (7%). The end- product is a beautiful countertop. Because of their dense, non-porous, glossy sheen, quartz countertops are very low maintenance. They require no sealing, are naturally stain resistant, and can be cleaned using a mild soap, hot water, and a soft cloth. Although extremely durable, quartz is a bit sensitive to direct sunlight. If your bathroom vanity is located near a window, you may want to consider window treatments that will protect your quartz countertop from fading or discoloring.

Quartz vanity tops are very heavy, but they have more flexibility than natural stone tops, making them easier for the installer to work with. While durable, they are not indestructible, so professional handling and installation is necessary due to their weight.
 
   Arctic White Quartz  
  This highly durable, highly polished quartz appears to be a solid bright white from afar, but a closer look will uncover its faint light gray and cream speckling. This quartz vanity top option will give your space an immediate crisp, clean, refreshing look and pairs well with any paint color.  
     
   Concrete Gray Quartz  
  With a medium gray base color revealing light flecks of white and black, this quartz option is meant to mimic concrete. Perfect in a rustic or urban-themed space, this vanity top option is a higher-end substitute for authentic concrete.  
     
   Midnight Black Quartz  
  While a lot like the color of Absolute Black granite, midnight quartz is a slightly lighter shade of black, which contains fine grains of a mirrored, darker black. This quartz is a fantastic choice for dark and moody settings, or to offset lighter shades of decor.  
     
Wood
 
If your desire is a warm, cozy bathroom space, a wood countertop may be what you're looking for. Although not as common today, natural wood countertops have been around much longer than their stone and quartz counterparts, and have more recently begun a resurgence in popularity.

Butcher block is probably what comes to mind when you think of wood countertops, however those are typically used in the kitchen. Wood bathroom vanity tops are typically made of specific wood species, and feature a smooth, finished look. Wood vanity tops are easier to install, as they are usually lighter in weight, resistant to breaking if dropped or carried incorrectly, and much easier to cut if trimming is necessary. Maintenance is another benefit, as wood can easily be sanded and refinished in the event of a scratch, gouge, or burn to its surface.
 
 
   Bamboo  
  One of the most durable types of wood. Bamboo vanity tops are made from stalks native to individual bamboo farms. Like other natural products, the bamboo used to construct our vanity tops may vary in color so no two will look exactly alike. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. It replenishes itself much faster than other types of trees, making it an extremely eco-friendly building material. Bamboo vanity tops should be cleaned with a gentle soap and a soft cloth or bush. Avoid any kind of abrasive, whether in the cleaning tool or a cleaning product. Although bamboo is very strong, it is a natural material and will be affected by harsh chemicals and neglect of maintenance.  
     
   Teak  
  A type of tropical hardwood tree that has been used in shipbuilding for hundreds of years. Teak contains natural oil that makes it resistant to water and keeps it from warping, cracking or becoming brittle. Teak wood is naturally resistant to fungi, mold, and mildew, making it an ideal choice for the moist, wet environment of a bathroom. Teak should be cleaned with a gentle soap and a soft cloth or brush. Avoid any kind of abrasive, whether in the cleaning tool or a cleaning product.