Bathroom countertop

How can a countertop be integrated with a bathroom and must specific materials be used that are suitable for a water environment?

Asked by Patrick on 19th Aug 2022
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"A normal laminate worktop surface can be used in a bathroom and sealed with silicone round the edges and sink edges. You do have some better alternatives to the normal laminate worktops for example your compact laminate or quartz worktops but then I would suggest you would require a skilled tradesman to fit ether of these.

You mentioned how can a countertop be integrated with a bathroom, can you elaborate on this question as this is generic and vague question and perhaps a little incorrect, how do you mean “integrated?” and integrated with what please?"
Answered on 19th Aug 2022 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
"Generally speaking, yes. You can simply use kitchen type countertop material within a bathroom environment; many of the purpose built bathroom counters are simply that. You will need to consider correct installations where you are expecting more moisture than you might do in a kitchen, for instance steam condensing on walls and running down to meet the counter, or splashing. Many of these counters are made of chipboard laminatedwith a waterproof veneer, so installations should be such that no moisture can attack the chipboard."
Answered on 19th Aug 2022 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
"There would be many ways to integrate countertop to a bathroom. As for the material yes it would be good practice to use water resistant materials in non wet areas but if the area is likely to be subject to water then we would specify a waterproof material

There is a massive difference between waterproof and water resistant be careful to select the correct ones."
Answered on 19th Aug 2022 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
"a waterprof insulation must be used before the tiles are fixed"
Answered on 19th Aug 2022 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
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