Cultured marble is produced by mixing marble stone particles with a resin and adding a range of color pigments. It offers a great and more affordable alternative to natural marble. While some may assume that cultured marble is an inferior product due to its being synthetic, it does offer a number of advantages over natural marble. It's also a great material to use in a variety of home design applications. Despite being man- made, the main component of cultured marble remains the genuine article; it's just mixed with protective resins—and that's not a bad thing. So what's not to like?
Aesthetics: cultured marble can easily look as good as natural marble. Pigments and dyes are used to create veining and a depth of interest that’s difficult to match. Pigments are added during the casting process, so you can specify the color you want, making it an ideal material when aiming for a particular look. The sealant used in the casting process also adds luster and shine to the cultured marble, ensuring a sparkling vibrancy in whatever application it’s used.
Easy to maintain: unlike natural marble which is porous and can easily be stained by even the most common of household liquids, cultured marble is coated. This makes it resistant to staining, and any small scratches or minor blemishes are easy to repair by a professional. This resilience makes it an ideal product for heavy-use applications like kitchen countertops, bathtubs, or shower enclosures. Cultured marble is best cleaned with a soft sponge and some mild soap, so there’s no need to buy any fancy cleaning products either.
Affordable: natural marble is very expensive to quarry and produce. It's also difficult to install, raising the costs of both purchase and installation. Since cultured marble is a man-made, it's less expensive to produce, but still adds remarkable—if not equal—value to your home.
Easy to install: cultured marble products are made in special molds that offer the advantage of being able to meet defined specifications. Bathtubs, kitchen counters, or shower enclosures will have no seams whatsoever, thus protecting the product from water damage and unsightly mold growth. Countertops can be designed exactly to specification, reducing the need for finding and cutting marble tops into shape and then using grouting or sealant to create a seamless surface.
If you’re looking for a material that is beautiful, strong and resilient, easy to maintain, and made to measure, cultured marble may be just what you’re looking for to add that special value to your home.