Cultured marble is a mixture of crushed limestone and fiberglass resin. It belongs to a family of cast polymers and is made by blending a catalyst with polyester resin, fillers and pigments into open molds. After filling the mold, it is coated with a gelcoat that will produce a durable, tough, shiny surface. This surface is resistant of stains and very easy to maintain, resembling that of real marble at a fraction of the cost.
The shape of the cultured marble depends on the type of mold that is used. The colors depend on the techniques employed by the manufacturer. Each manufacturer creates a unique color and finish. The catalyst that is used creates a chemical reaction that results in the production of a hard mass. Chemical curing occurs after which point the products are taken out of the mold, trimmed, polished and are ready for installation. Typically, bathtubs, showers, vanities, toilet seats, counters, and wall panels are made out of cultured marble.
There are many advantages for using cultured marble. The best part about this product is the versatility. Due to the gelcoat that is used, the final product is water proof, stain proof, and resists chipping. It is nearly impossible to harm a cultured marble surface. Another advantage to the cultured marble is the lack of seams. This is due to the fact that they are cast in a mold and come out whole. This presents a beautiful product that is pleasing to the eye and makes a nice addition to any part of a home.