Will Humidity Cause Long-Term Damage to Your Bathroom Countertops?


In the bathroom, many people want a countertop that is sturdy while maintaining a beautiful aesthetic. Bathrooms see a lot of activity—not only is your family bustling around, getting ready for their day, but the room will also see plenty of humidity. You want a countertop that’s not going to sustain damage from that moisture in the long run.

Water and humidity in the bathroom are unavoidable. The last thing you want is to have to treat your countertop with kid gloves or always worry about it. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to do that—there’s no need to fuss over your bathroom countertop. There are plenty of materials that can withstand humidity and last just as long in the bathroom as they would anywhere else in your home.

What you need is a material that is either water resistant or can become water resistant through the process of sealing. Let us tell you a bit more about that.

Natural Stone Countertops—A Good Choice?

Most everyone loves the look of natural stone. These countertops are timeless and gorgeous—and most of them are quite durable. But let it be known that not every natural stone countertop is a stellar choice for the bathroom.

One choice that won’t steer you wrong is granite. This stone comes in a wide variety of colorations and designs and is naturally resistant to stains and scratches. But the main question is, How does it hold up against water?

With a coat of sealant, granite takes no issue with water. Because it’s a porous stone, sealant is needed to transform it into a nonporous surface. Once the countertop is sealed, you won’t have to worry about water and humidity in the bathroom at all.

An unsealed granite countertop won’t fare well in your muggy bathroom, though. That’s something you must always remember.

What about Engineered Stone?

The engineered stone that we offer is called quartz. This material is nonporous by default because it’s created with polymers and resins that seal the pores of natural quartz. Because the additives do it, you won’t have to worry about sealing quartz—and it remains water resistant all the same.

There are tons of patterns and designs available for engineered quartz countertops, and people love them for their low maintenance level and the way they ward off germs. Just be careful of hot styling tools on quartz’s surface, as the resins in its composition can be sensitive to heat.

Maintaining Your Bathroom Countertop

In most cases, choosing a natural stone and sealing it will make for a humidity-safe countertop, but we recommend staying away from ultra-porous stones like limestone, sandstone, and shale for the bathroom.

To learn more about bathroom countertop maintenance, give Sanford Granite a call at (321) 578-9329.

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