Marble is often a top choice among various materials used for bathroom remodels. There are two types of marble that you can choose from: natural and cultured marble.
Know the difference between these two marble types. Simplified Shower Systems, a trusted provider of custom walk-in shower conversion services, discusses how natural marble and cultured marble compare to each other in terms of installation, maintenance and price.
Natural marble is hard, but it’s also brittle. That is why the weight of the finished slab typically requires supportive muscle power during installation. When incorrectly installed, natural marble can get discolored, crack or curl. Sometimes vein “popping,” or moisture-induced swelling, also becomes a problem.
Cultured marble, on the other hand, requires a different method of application. The molding process it goes through usually results in a strong and seam-free surface. Cutting and adjusting the pieces can also be done on-site. But if you’re after an easy installation, single-piece surfaces can also be created. For instance, your sink can already be fitted into your vanity top so as to avoid a separate sink installation.
Like in other remodeling projects such as bathroom shower installation, maintenance is an essential aspect that you should consider when choosing a material. That said, natural marble is considered to be high-maintenance. It’s a porous stone that needs regular care, and it can also be chipped, cracked, stained, or discolored. Additionally, you may need to seal the marble surface at least once a year.
Meanwhile, cultured marble requires less upkeep. It’s a non-porous material, and its surface is finished with a gel coat for added protection. Cultured marble also has great resistance against absorption of oils and staining.
Natural marble is an expensive material. Various factors are taken into account to determine the cost per slab, so you should ready your wallet if you’re keen on getting natural marble. Cultured marble, of course, is less expensive.
Through the years, Simplified Shower Systems has been providing top-notch services to local customers. From an acrylic walk-in shower installation job to a shower conversion project, you can rely on us to deliver quality results. Call us at 480-687-5855 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve customers in Dallas, TX, and nearby areas.