Hey everyone! This is LeighAnne and today we’re going to be discussing the benefits and affordable styles of cultured marble vanity tops. Natural stone has a long tradition of being the first choice among homeowners and designers but it can often be expensive and exceed your budget. However, with its elegant appearance and refined style, cultured marble is a sensible choice and a true bargain that won’t sacrifice beauty or durability. Whether you are designing or building a home or you are a landlord trying to decide on the most efficient bathroom materials, read on to discover why we believe cultured marble vanity tops are such a reliable and affordable choice.
Cultured marble vanity tops are less expensive to install yet they will increase the overall value of your home.
What is Cultured Marble?
Cultured marble is an intricate blend of stone particles and resins that are combined with color pigments to produce a range of colors and natural looking patterns. Cultured marble is cast in molds after being mixed to create specific pieces such as bathtubs, sinks, countertops, backsplashes, moldings, trim, shower walls and shower pans.
Many Styles and Shapes of Cultured Marble Vanity Tops:
Bathroom vanity tops made from cultured marble can be formed in a variety of shapes and sizes. The possibilities of design and style are endless. This is an added element of versatility that isn’t found with other natural materials. Cultured marble consist of a combination of polyester resins that are mixed with marble dust and pigments. Once all of these are blended, the mixture is poured into a clear, gel-coated mold in whatever shape or size you desire and then left to set. As a result of this process, our designers can work with you to create just about any shape or size can be custom made to fit your needs.
Cultured Marble Vanity Tops Available in Any Color:
In its natural state, cultured marble is off-white but adding a few drops of color can result in blended marble tones that capture the beauty and texture of nature. You can customize the colors by adding any color you can imagine, such as grey, blue, brown, yellow or a combination of many colors. One of our most popular cultured marble vanity top styles is a simplistic yet elegant white on white swirl that hints at a touch of color and accentuates the rich look of luxury. For those needing more color, we also offer Sandy Beach, a neutral tan color that coordinates with any bathroom style or design and is available in a single or double vanity top. With the creative freedom to choose from endless options, cultured marble vanity tops can provide the ultimate look in decor and design.
Maintaining and Caring For Cultured Marble Vanity Tops:
Natural stone is porous and soaks up liquids very easily so it must be cleaned using specific cleaning products. In addition to requiring careful cleaning and limitations in cleaning products, natural stone also runs a risk of being stained or damaged from liquid setting in. Since cultured marble vanity tops consist of a gel coat on the outside that acts as a protective layer, it is much more durable and versatile. The outside gel layer creates a non-porous layer that results in cultured marble vanity tops that are extremely tough and resistant to stains, mildew and chips. Cultured marble can be easily cleaned with most cleaning supplies and simply need to be wiped down in order to maintain its beauty and shine.
How Does Cultured Marble Compare In Value to Natural Stone?
Cultured marble makes any bathroom a place of beauty with the look of natural stone at a more affordable price. When you compare the price points between natural stone and cultured marble, you are faced with two completely different figures resulting in cultured marble vanity tops being the most cost-effective choice to install. The bottom line is that cultured marble vanity tops are less expensive to create and install yet they will increase the overall value of your home just as natural stone will.
As you can see, there are multiple benefits of choosing cultured marble as a vanity top because it is an economic alternative to natural stone. We carry a wide range of cultured marble vanity top options (purchase includes a sink bowl) at both our Louisville store and our Newport store. Come into our showroom and see for yourself how cultured marble vanity tops are an affordable, easy to care for option to quickly upgrade your bathroom without breaking your budget.
Written By: LeighAnne Turner
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!