With everything from humidity to high usage, your bathroom needs durable surfaces to stay in top shape. Before you start your next bathroom remodel, make sure these 8 long-lasting bathroom materials make it into the final design.
1. Copper & bronze
Copper and bronze sinks might cost more than other materials, but they’re very durable and will last a long time. They also develop a lovely, warm patina as time passes (which could be a benefit or a downside, depending on your preferences.)
2. Engineered quartz
If you’re looking for countertops that will hold up to continuous use, engineered quartz is a great option. It’s less porous than natural stone, so stains won’t be a problem. There are a wide variety of different colors and styles to choose from, and some even have integrated sink basins.
3. Laminate countertops
Inexpensive, durable, and aesthetically pleasing, modern laminate countertops have evolved dramatically from the drab surface of years past. You can find laminate in virtually any color and pattern, and some are very convincing stand-ins for granite, wood, stainless steel, and more.
4. Crushed glass countertops
Crushed glass is a relative newcomer in bathroom design, but it’s quickly gaining popularity. If you want a 100% unique countertop that won’t be found in any other bathroom, crushed glass should be high on your list. Because the glass fragments are encased in clear acrylic or embedded in concrete, no two countertops will ever look the same. Acrylic gives the appearance of floating glass, while concrete creates a mosaic-like look. Some manufacturers even opt for recycled glass, making this a great eco-friendly choice as well for your bathroom remodel.
5. Cast polymer
Cast polymer is made when manufacturers mix polyester resin with ground stone. Materials like marble, onyx, and granite have traditionally been the stones of choice. But nowadays, you can also find cast polymers made out of other polyester and acrylic resin-based materials.
Sinks, vanities, and bathtubs are commonly made from cast polymers due to their durability. However, the gel coating that’s used sometimes cracks and/or loses its luster, so keep that in mind during your remodel.
6. Sheet vinyl
If your soon-to-be-remodeled bathroom needs to stand up to heavy use, there’s no better bathroom flooring than sheet vinyl. Since it’s installed in big sheets, you might even be able to get away with having zero seams in a small bathroom. Another benefit is the extensive colors and designs to choose from since it is such a popular material.
For a more industrial look that stands the test of time, consider concrete floors for your bathroom remodel. They’re durable, can be easily sealed against water, and come in many different tints and colors.
8. Porcelain and ceramic tiles
There’s a reason you see so many porcelain and ceramic tiles in bathrooms — they’re water-resistant, durable, and attractive. Keeping grout looking great can be a challenge, but some types of grout repel water and help keep things looking fresh.