Over the years, the classic and elegant look of natural marble has made it a definite hit among homeowners and interior designers alike.
However, this traditionally favored choice is getting some competition from cultured marble, a synthetic alternative that captures the aesthetic appeal and allure of natural marble.
If you have no idea how marble and cultured marble differ, then you have come to the right place.
Read on to find out more about the how these two seemingly similar building materials differ from each other.
Marble, or natural marble, is a mainly made up of calcium carbonate.
This attractive stone is created through the metamorphosis of limestone or dolomite resulting from exposure to immense levels of heat and pressure.
It’s important to note that pure calcite marble is white in color.
However, the presence of various minerals during the metamorphosis of the limestone causes coloration and veining; as a result, each block differs from the next in terms of pattern and color.
Natural marble, located indoors, is usually cold to touch (colder than its surroundings) because it cannot keep up with sudden temperature changes. This natural stone has a smooth unpolished surface.
Cultured marble, on the other hand, is made of a mixture of marble dust (ground natural marble) and resin. Unlike the natural variety, this type of marble has uniform vein and color patterns.
Synthetic marble is sealed in a gel coating. This creates a glossy finished product that feels smooth, plastic-like, and warm to touch, since it has a similar temperature to its surroundings.
Cultured marble is molded into shape using heated molds; by looking at the lower surface, you will see that it resembles a plastic mold.
From the above difference between marble and cultured marble stems a host of other distinct differences in terms of their pricing, installation and maintenance requirements.
If you’re trying to decide between these two types of marble for your kitchen countertops, be sure to do some additional to see which one will work better for you.