If you’re looking for the newest trend to remodel your bathroom with, why not consider cultured marble. For a few years now, it has been one of the most requested finishes for newly constructed home and commercial bathrooms.
However, thanks to the numerous trends that have been coming and going every year, some homeowners doubt if marbles are still in this 2019. Experts say that it is timeless, in fact, it is considered one of the classics. It’s a gorgeous, classic choice for almost any style bathroom.
If you want to remodel your bathroom with marble counters and fixtures but find it expensive and not really reasonable, why not consider using cultured marble?
Cultured marble is a man-made marble shower wall that contains a blend of particles and resins. Unlike natural marble, it is fabricated to look exactly like the real thing. Cultured marble is created by placing the blend into specific molds shaped like a bathtub, countertop or shower enclosure. The marble is then covered with a gel that bonds the mixture. After polishing, the cultured marble is complete.
Once formed, they create beautiful and durable slabs that can be used throughout the home, most especially in bathrooms. It can be used as a surface finish for bathtubs, sinks, countertops, and shower enclosures. There are dozens of marble colors and types available in the market, making it one of the most diverse when it comes to providing options for home and business owners.
Cultured marble can be used throughout the bathroom. In fact, just as common as cultured marble shower wall panels are cultured marble shower inserts, cultured marble countertops, cultured marble tub surrounds and cultured marble bathtubs.
It is easy to install, thus saving you money on installation. While it’s not as affordable as tile, keeping installation costs down (without sacrificing material) is vital when you’re on a tight budget. Cultured marbles come in various colors to fit any bathroom design. Furthermore, the manufacturer can add veining or special patterns to incorporate your unique taste or add character and depth to your shower wall.
Cultured marble is also less expensive than real marble. Marble prices start closer to $40/sf. With such significantly lower price, you can definitely achieve the elegant look without having to pay the hefty price for a genuine marble.
Like natural marbles, cultured marble is also easy to maintain. Since the surface is smooth and shiny, you can wipe away almost anything with a wet sponge or rag. It also resists staining. Besides less cleaning, no grout means you’ll never have to pay to regrout your shower wall. Cultured marble can be cut into any shape. Genuine marble, on the other hand, can only be cut into simple shapes, which limits where you can place it
Can you DIY it?
Now that you’re convinced that you need a cultured marble surface in your bathroom, should you just DIY it or acquire the services of a professional for its installment?
Most homeowners assume they can’t install a cultured marble shower wall or pan. Believe it or not, installing cultured marble shower walls is just as easy as installing drywall. Once you remove your existing shower surround, all you need is some silicone and a friend to help you out.
However, the risk of messing it up is high too. After all, when you hire a pro, you get that peace of mind knowing your bathroom will look flawless after a short period of remodeling with cultured marble.