There are endless options on the market for the materials we use for our homes and businesses. For each natural material available, there are dozens of cheaper alternatives. There are clear drawbacks, however, to choosing synthetic materials. In our realm of marble refinishing, there is a dramatic difference between authentic marble and “cultured marble,” the most common cost-saving alternative.
So, what is cultured marble, and why is it poor for marble restoration?
Cultured marble is made from real marble particles that are held together by polyester resin. Because it is not entirely synthetic in its makeup, it can look very similar to real marble. It is relatively durable and has become a popular choice for homeowners on a budget. However, marble refinishing professionals aren’t so enthusiastic.
Done right, marble polishing uses friction and abrasives to bring back the stone’s shine. This process essentially strips the top layer from the marble surface that has been worn down over time. This means that even though natural marble is not immune to wear and tear, it is also not difficult to restore it to look brand-new.
Cultured marble, on the other hand, will not hold up to the same marble restoration methods. Once it has been scratched, dented, or otherwise damaged, it is very difficult to get it back to the way it looked originally.
If you are debating whether to use real marble or cultured marble in your home or business, we encourage you to consider how it will hold up to the marble refinishing process. It will also depend on the type of surface you’ll use it for. Cultured marble countertops, for example, will probably be subject to less damage than flooring. Stone floor restoration is much more achievable on natural, authentic marble.
In summary: while cultured marble may appear authentic and hold up relatively well to everyday use, it does not stand the test of time like real marble does. Choosing a natural surface may be a bit more expensive up front, but based on our clients’ experience, it is well worth it long-term.
FOR HOMEOWNERS & PRIVATE PROPERTIES
Why be content to let embarrassing, scuffed marble define your home’s interior? Our best-in-class methods and second-generation workmanship are designed to restore and reveal the true potential of your marble surfaces:
- Entryways & Foyers
FOR BUSINESS OWNERS & PROPERTY MANAGERS
The most successful commercial properties —from hotels to condominiums to office suites—are remarkable either for what’s pristine and polished, or what’s dull and dated. Which would you rather your business be known for?
- Commercial Buildings
- Apartments & High-Rises