Cultured marble countertops lead the way as one of the most popular materials for resurfacing bathroom vanities. Available in a host of different colors and at a much more reasonable price than real marble, homeowners may even discover that the benefits of cultured marble countertops outweigh those of many other materials.
Cultured marble countertops, made from crushed marble, resins, calcium carbonate, pigment, and other materials, prove to be much more durable and easier to maintain that their authentic marble counterparts. Anyone who’s had to spend some time cleaning marble bathrooms will appreciate that.
The porosity of real marble causes it to be more susceptible to stains, scratches, and marring. Cultured marble countertops, on the other hand, resist these types of damages without marble sealers and can be installed for a fraction of the cost. You can order cultured marble countertops in a spectrum of decorator colors to complement any décor and in veined, blended, and solid-color options.
And although only solid colors can be achieved, if you want to change the color on cultured marble countertops at some point on down the road, refinishers specializing in porcelain and enamel work can alter the hue to suit your tastes. Many times, if the damage is not severe, cultured marble countertops can be repaired.
Light scratches, stains, and other discolorations can be sanded out with fine-grit sandpaper. An application of paste wax applied with a buffing pad attached to an electric grill brings back the sheen to almost that of brand new cultured marble countertops. Sometimes just a wash with one of the many available cultured marble cleaners can do the trick. Cultured marble countertops have been around on the home décor scene for a long time.
This material has been improved upon significantly over the years, however, and those made today bear only a small resemblance to cultured marble countertops from years ago. Many people have difficulty even telling the difference between a new cultured marble countertop and real, solid marble. Only by cutting into the top layers of the cultured product can any differences be determined. So if you’ve been putting off making a decision between cultured marble countertops and the real thing (solid marble), take another look. You might be pleasantly surprised. And if no one knows if it’s real or not except you, well … your secret’s safe with us.