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I'm replacing a bathroom sink a new vessel sink. what is the best type of counter top to use?

There are several types of counter tops to choose from, everything from formica to granite.  I'm looking for something that is easy to maintain, won't stain or crack easily.  The biggest factor is cost - As nice as it might look, I don't want to spend a couple of thousand an a 36"X21" piece of granite.  What else is out there?
  • August 01 2009 - Tucson
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so...umm..I think this is a little obvious, but what is the floor?
  • August 11 2010
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I have been flipping homes for over 6 years now.
Visit [link removed by moderator due to self-promotion] !! They increased my property value by thousands every time because granite is so big and will be for a while.
  • August 11 2010
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You have a 6 square foot counter, so even if the material cost $100 per foot, you really aren't spending a couple of thousand for granite.  You can get very nice granite installed for under $40 per foot and Bryan is EXACTLY right about the savings you can often find in the "bone yard" of a stone fabricator.  The big box stores have pre-made counters that are modestly priced yet still look good.  Tile is OK, but use a really good looking tile.  Yes, it will cost more, but "cheap" almost always looks cheap.  Tile supply stores often have scraps of good stuff.  There might be 6' of a designer tile in a corner somewhere that they would sell inexpensively.  Some of the better laminate counters look just like stone and they come with a wide variety of edge profiles.  Granite is still the "hot ticket" today.
  • August 03 2009
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inexpensive: 12X12 granite tile @ 7-10 dollars per sqft. (be warry or grout stains).

You might want to consider a remnant piece of granite. You might be able to get one for 15$ per sqft.

Good luck.

Bryan
  • August 03 2009
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You can alway try to find remnant piece for solid stone like granite, travertine or even engineered stone. It won't be too hard to find for that size. Ask your contractor or stone fabricator.
  • August 02 2009
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12" x 12" Granite Square Tiles might look good .
  • August 01 2009
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