All About Cultured Marble
Aug 23, 2021
Looking to redo your countertops? Granite, marble and laminate are all common upgrade options. But have you heard of cultured marble? If not, buckle up and be prepared to push your other options to the side. You may just fall in love with this one!
Cultured marble isn’t the same as pure marble. Instead, it is a blend of stone particles and resins combined with pigments to create a variety of colors along with natural looking patterns. Unlike quarried stone, cultured marble is created by casting it into molds for specific pieces such as bathtubs, countertops and backsplashes.
The molds are lined with a gel coat that bonds the cultured marble mixture and creates a hard, transparent surface. Once all pieces have cured, they are removed and polished with a shine or given a matte finish, depending on the customer’s desire.
Since cultured marble is cast, there is a wide variety of options for size, shape and edging. The final product ends up being nonporous, so there is no need to seal yearly or maintain grout lines. Could you imagine a grout-free backsplash? The low maintenance of cultured marble is a popular selling point! It is also easy to clean with smooth, non-abrasive cleaners.
Not only is it low-maintenance, it is also beautifully customizable. Since it is casted, you can come up with your own pattern and colors. It is also durable due to the nonporous finish that helps it withstand stains and chips.
Another benefit of cultured marble is the affordability. It is generally less expensive to make and install than heavier slab marble or granite but will still increase the overall resale value of your home. And since the molding process results in clean, simple lines, it will look like you spent a fortune on it.
Whether you are in the process of building a new construction home or are looking to remodel your current space, look into the cultured marble options in your area. The ability to customize, the low maintenance and durability are all great reasons to make the switch to cultured marble.