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The bottom line on vanity top choices

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service Published: November 25, 2016 4:00 AM

Q: Dear Ed, we are installing a new vanity and want to have a vanity top instead of a countertop and a sink. The choice is a little complicated due to all the new styles out there. Can you please give us some vanity top tips?

A: Vanity tops are a good choice in general, since the sink and countertop are one self-supporting unit. Design-wise, this allows for a sleek look since the sink is a seamless depression in the top itself. The design not only can create a unique-looking sink, it also allows for easy cleanups.

The big choice will be picking out the material. Here are four popular materials that I like for vanity tops:

GLASS

Thick cast glass tops can provide a contemporary look, especially if you install back lighting.

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VITREOUS CHINA

Traditional beauty in an affordable package.

SOLID SURFACE

Strong manmade composite material available in many different sizes.

ENAMELED CAST IRON

Elegant while strong, cast iron is also a green material, making it a top choice for a vanity top.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com


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