Low Maintenance Bathroom Countertops and Sinks
This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling (we service the greater San Jose CA metro area) as well as part of a sub-series about bathroom counter tops. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
If you’re one of the people who look at the world with an eye for maintenance requirements (how do we keep things running), you’re always interested in low maintenance options for your bathroom.
When it comes to bathrooms, engineered stone countertops and sinks is pretty much the low maintenance alternative (with one exception I will get to soon).
Not only are there no grout lines that need periodic releasing and over time deteriorate, the surface NEVER needs resealing, ever!
One aspect of low maintenance is how easy is it to keep clean. The image in the top right shows an engineered stone countertop with a built in sink. This is the ultimate in easy to keep clean as there is no seam between the counter and the sink for dirt and grime to collect in.
Sometimes however an undermount sink makes sense (see the image below). Maybe you want a color contrast and what’s available with built in sinks just doesn’t work for you. This is your second best low maintenance choice as the entire setup has smooth easy to clean lines except for the seam where the sink touches the underside of the countertop.
I mentioned earlier the one exception and it is pictured below. It is a stainless steel countertop with a built in sink. Stainless steel has all the advantages of engineered stone PLUS the advantage of it be easy to disinfect. If for whatever reason you have a greater concern for germs, stainless steel is for you. There is a reason stainless steel countertops are used in hospitals and commercial kitchens.
Having said that, some people think stainless steel looks “clinical”, probably as a result of associating it with hospitals.
If a low maintenance bathroom is your goal, consider either an engineered stone or a stainless steel countertop with a built in sink. It does not get any easier.
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