|What is Cultured Marble?
Cultured Marble is a precise blend of polyester resin, fillers and pigments that is thoroughly mixed and placed into open molds that have been coated with a clear gel coat. The gel coat is specially formulated to produce a tough, durable, transparent surface resistant to inservice wear. The manufacturer produces a unique range of colors, patterns and veining. The chemical reaction initiated by the catalyst causes the resin to polymerize and harden, bonding the entry matrix together in a hard, strong mass. After several hours of chemical curing, the parts are removed from the molds and trimmed, ground, polished and inspected. The parts are then ready for shipment and installation. Cultuted Marble is a manufactured product, and like natural marble, granite, etc., varies in shade and color. Other products such as carpet, wallpaper and vinyl tile vary each time they are manufactured. Manufacturers refer to each "run" as a "dye lot" .
The Advantages Of Cultured Marble
Beauty - Elegant, luxurious appearance
Durability - High Strength, resistant to denting, chipping, abrasion and staining (with normal use and proper maintenance)
Lower Cost - The casting process enables the manufacturer to produce cultured marble substantially lower than quarried marble
Seamless Construction - Vanity tops can be cast in one piece (up to 12 feet in length) with integral bowls and back splash, minimizing seams
Water and Mildew Resistant - Silicone is used to seal the seams, and it is much less likely to leak or mildew that ceramic tile installations that use porous grout. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to inspect and maintain all silicone joints. As houses settle and move, there is the opportunity for the joints to seperate. This situation should be corrected as soon as possible so that more serious problems do not develop.
What Products Can Be Made Of Cultured Marble?
The list is endless, but the majority of cultured marble we sell is used for the following purposes:
2. Bath Tubs and Jetted Tubs
3. Bar Tops and Integral Bowls
4. Tub Surrounds
5. Shower Bases, Wall Surrounds and Ceilings
6. Bath Flooring
7. Fireplace facing, Hearth and Mantle
Because of the hard gel-coat surface and non-porous surfaces, it resists staining. Care is very simple. Routine cleaning with a soft sponge or cloth or non-abrasive aerosol foam cleaner is all that is normally needed to give many years of trouble-free service. Harsh abrasive cleaners are neither requred nor recommended.