These days more and more home owners and builders are choosing cultured marble for their countertops and vanity tops. With characteristics such as stout durability, variety of colors and patterns combined with its affordable cost, cultured or faux marble has never been more popular. What is cultured marble you ask? Cultured marble is a blend of stone particles and resins, combined with pigments, which is placed into molds coated with a special gel which bonds to the mixture, creating a very tough, transparent surface. It possesses a wonderful veining pattern incorporated into the product during the casting process which gives the bathroom a unique character, texture and depth.
Cultured marble countertops can be customized depending on customer’s choice. The edges vary and can be sleek and rounded or have a tough rigid edge which provides a more rustic look and feel. One major advantage cultured marble has over other materials is that it is non-porous, resistant to denting, chipping and staining and its color does not fade with the passing of time. Cultured marble is very low maintenance as it is easily cleaned with non-abrasive products. Cultured marble is one of the least expensive countertop options available and upon purchasing this material, you can get your remodeling projects done for a fraction of the price of other materials. Often cultured marble can be bought for half or a third of the price of natural stones like granite or quartz.
Another noteworthy advantage of cultured marble is that it is a solid surface and people who opt for tile on their countertops find it comes with several functionality problems. When tile is used on a countertop the constant worry about the grout joints exists. When preparing food on your counter, the food has a tendency to get down in the grout joints and tile counters are typically harder to clean than solid surfaces because you have to regularly maintain the grout joints. An additional problem with tile countertops is that the grout can stain or it can crack and dislodge from the joints. By going with a solid surface countertop, one never has to worry about these problems. A slab of cultured marble can be customized to each unique project. Custom Design Countetops will come get a detailed measurement at your house and then fabricate the counter to the specific size required.
We constantly receive complaints from people who have a bathroom that does not have cultured marble and they aren’t sure which product is the best, most affordable option to replace it with, and many times their first reaction is to go out and spend a lot of money on marble which ends up costing them not only more money, but more trouble in the end. Cultured marble countertops are similar to those made of natural marble, but there are some significant differences between these two materials. While marble is a piece of stone that is quarried out of the ground, cultured marble is manufactured with small pieces of ground up marble combined with a resin compound. This resin works together with the stone to form a surface that is actually harder and denser than the marble, making it more durable and therefore, less prone to costly chipping or cracking. Custom Design Countertops also has a large number prefabricated cultured marble shower pans and vanity tops available on site at our warehouse so it is a strong possibility that the size and look you need is ready to be installed for you right away without having to wait for a custom cut piece.
Give us a call or come down and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members and find out why so many people in the Santa Rosa, California area have already made a wise decision when it comes to their bathroom vanity tops or shower pan by choosing cultured marble.