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Frequently Asked Questions

What is cultured marble?
Cultured marble belongs to the family of cast polymers.  Cast polymers are a mixture of an unsaturated polyester resin, highly filled with inorganic particulates and pigments.  Fillers used are engineered calcium carbonates for cultured marble, aluminum tri-hydrate for onyx, and aluminum tri-hydrate with a suspension of specialty formulated color chips for cultured granite.

How is cultured marble made?
Cultured marble is blended together with polyester resin, catalyst, fillers, and pigments and poured into molds that are

coated with a clear gel coat.  The gel coat produces a tough, non-porous, glossy surface that is very resistant to stain and easy to maintain.

The shape of the product depends on the molds used.  The colors and veining of the finished product depend on the calculations of the manufacturer/pourer.

The catalyst used will cause a chemical reaction and make the resin polymerize and harden.  After the marble has set up it is de-molded, trimmed, ground, polished, and finally inspected before going out to be installed.
 

What are the advantages of cultured marble?
Cultured marble is coated with a gel coat that makes it water proof, durable, and has UVA protection.  Cultured marble has minimal seams, and when installed properly using a mildew resistant 100% silicone, it becomes virtually leak proof.

Tubs are cast with the deck and tub bowl in one solid piece.  Vanity tops typically have the bowl cast as an integral part of the vanity deck, avoiding potential unsightly seams between the bowl and vanity.  Showers are typically only seamed at the corners and are trimmed out with corner cove.
 


Why should I use cultured marble in my bathroom?
Cultured marble is sealed and non-porous making it sanitary and virtually impermeable to stains and water.  It is a low maintenance product that has minimal seams, cutting down leakage and allergy causing mold and mildew problems.  

Real marble is a naturally porous stone and will stain easily.  Natural stone products need to be disinfected and re-sealed every 6-12 months.  Tile has ongoing problems with mold and mildew growing in the grout joints making it high maintenance and unsanitary.

There are many combinations you can use if you just wanted a bench seat cultured marble/granite, we can accommodate you with several different color choices that would compliment your existing or new shower


Can I replace my standard bathtub with a shower pan?
Yes. We have a standard size shower base of 34" x 60" that will fit right in the old tub space.


How can I see the colors that you offer?
Our Showroom is open to the public Monday through Friday.  Saturday you need to call and make an appointment.  All the colors, finishes, styles, and combinations that you might want we would love to help you with