At Sand and Swirl, we’re proud to be your first stop when it comes to beautiful new countertops in your home. One of our primary countertop materials is cultured marble, which combines many of the benefits of traditional marble with certain additions.
How is cultured marble made? How can it act as a great alternative to natural marble, and what will the cost here be? Let’s take a look.
Cultured Marble Manufacturing
Cultured marble is made of abut 75 percent real marble dust. This is then mixed with a liquid polyester resin to create more durability than natural marble. While real marble is mined and then cut separately, cultured marble is molded into the exact shape that’s needed for your countertop.
During cultured marble manufacturing, it’s possible to add tint to create a color addition. Veins and other patterns can also easily be added to mimic natural marble, meaning the naked eye simply will not be able to tell the difference if you so choose.
Alternative to Natural Marble
On top of the ways cultured marble can mimic natural marble looks-wise, it’s generally far easier to maintain as well. While natural marble requires resurfacing at least once a year and often even more regularly, cultured marble comes with no such requirement. It’s also non-porous and resistant to stains, chips and various mildew concerns – this is part of the reason it’s so perfect for bathrooms.
In addition, cultured marble is great if your budget is a concern. Cultured marble countertops are generally less expensive than natural marble, and we already went over how much cheaper it is to maintain in our section above. For those looking to combine the aesthetic elements of true marble with a lower-cost and hassle-free experience, cultured marble is the way to go.