Building With Cultured Marble
Also referred to as a cast polymer, cultured marble is a man-made plastic composite made from resin and marble dust that can be formed into a wide variety of shapes. Because it is highly moldable, cultured marble is favored for building applications such as kitchen and bathroom countertops and sinks because the sink can be molded right into the counter top as a single unit.
The manufacturing process takes several steps, but being able to buy one countertop for both the counter and sink, makes some parts of the application much easier.
Hard and Long Lasting
You may decide on a cultured marble countertop because of its hardness. Usually seen in high-end homes, culture marble is manufactured to resemble real marble and has a classy and elegant look. When property cared for it will last a long time, which mitigates the initial cost. While being a little more expensive than other types of countertops, you are ensured of a long-lasting, durable surface.
Purchasing Cultured Marble Countertop
Finding cultured marble is as easy as making a trip to your nearest home center. Most will either keep cultured marble countertops in stock in a variety of sizes, configurations and colors, or will be able to either custom order it to your specifications.
When purchasing cultured marble is it important to keep in mind that you should buy a little extra. It is a little more expensive, but having a little extra will help with any waste.
Installing a Cultured Marble Countertop
Working with a cultured marble countertop is much the same process as installing any other countertop. The only exception is that the sink is already included. This means that you will need to have certain tools and considerations.
- Make sure your measurements are sure. Take good measurements to make sure that you get the right size. If you have to cut, your measurements must be precise.
- Dry fit the countertop before applying any adhesive. By taking this important step you can make sure your countertop fits without any problems. If you have already applied the adhesive you could damage the counter top trying to take it off if it doesn't fit.
- Use silicone caulking and glue to counter. Clean the entire area and apply silicone liberally for a good bond. Clean up any excess with a soft cloth.
- Do not use countertop for several hours. Allow the adhesive to form a strong bond before setting anything on it, or using it.
Cultured marble is a great alternative and can make a dramatic impact on the overall value and beauty of your bath or kitchen. With some care and maintenance, cultured marble will last a lifetime.
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