“Is solid wood or laminate is the better material of choice for a bathroom worktop?” Question of the Week 22/09/2017
“Is solid wood or laminate is the better material of choice for a bathroom worktop?”
Our ‘Question of the Week’ recently came from a customer in Keswick. Colin would like to know more about using our products in a bathroom.
I am using one of your base cabinets to create a bathroom vanity unit and would like to know if solid wood or laminate is the better material of choice for a bathroom worktop? Any advice you can offer will be appreciated.
Thank you for getting in touch – we love it when people use our products for different rooms in the home, and vanities are a fantastic choice in any bathroom so we are sure this will look great. For a bathroom worktop, both our solid wood surfaces and laminate worktops have their benefits, which we will discuss below.
Using a wooden bathroom worktop is a stylish, sophisticated option, and one that will complement your solid oak cabinets perfectly. As you have not mentioned sinks, we will assume that your intention is to have one mounted on the unit. If this is the case, it is important to consider that water can mark or stain wood – so it is advisable to keep the surface dry if you do opt for a solid wood worktop. To make timber more suited to bathroom environments, some people lacquer or varnish wooden surfaces, though do bear in mind that this does alter the look when compared to the finish of Rustins oil that we recommend in most circumstances.
Laminate bathroom worktops are a practical, cost effective option available in a variety of different styles to suit any interior. Laminate worktops are constructed from a core of wooden particle board which is wrapped in a waterproof and scratch resistant laminate top layer, making them ideal for use in an area that is likely to be high in moisture. Comparing laminate worktops to solid wood options, the main downside is that laminate worktops are not as easy to repair – this may not be a concern, but if your bathroom is a high traffic area where damage could potentially be sustained, it could be a point to consider.
The look of your bathroom worktop is potentially the most important factor to consider – both options are suitable for use in this area of the home, but it is essential that you select a surface that you will be happy with for years to come.
We hope this response gives you a better idea of what worktop will suit your bathroom best, but if you do have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Team @ Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
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