A blend of crushed marble in a 50 pound bag is combined with resin and pigments to produce various colors. Compared to natural stone, cultured marble is hand poured onto molds to create custom bathtubs, sinks, countertops, backsplashes, window sills, tabletops, moldings and trim, shower walls and shower pans.
The molds are first hand sprayed with gel coat creating a protective, transparent surface. After the pieces have cured, they are removed from the molds and polished to shine or matte finish, depending on customers preference.
Because cultured products are casted, there are numerous options in terms of size, shape and edge profiles. The final product is nonporous, which means its sealed for years. No grout lines = easy clean up! Easy clean up means piece of mind.
The biggest pro of man-made engineered marble is the price. In addition, if your bathroom vanity has an unusual shape, or you are trying to color match, cultured marble can do it without breaking the bank. If you are looking for an inexpensive countertop alternative that is more durable than laminate surfaces, engineered stone is worth a closer look.