Planning for an installation project in a kitchen, bathroom, or commercial environment? If you are searching for a low maintenance and easy to clean solution, with a variety of color and design options, then solid surface or cultured marble may be the right fit for your project.
Let’s take a look at both, and the differences between them, to help you make the best decision for your design.
Cultured marble is manufactured from a porous blend of resin, natural pigments and natural mineral fillers that is placed into open molds sprayed with a clear gel coat. The gel coat provides a smooth, shiny surface that is non-porous. For this reason, cultured marble is typically supplied with a gloss finish.
Some advantages in utilizing cultured marble include:
- Appearance: Beautiful and elegant looking. Available in a range of colors and patterns.
- Stain Resistant: The gel coating helps to provide resistance to annoying stains.
- Cost: Less expensive than solid surface and other options, including natural marble.
- Installation: Fairly easy to install, as the product is manufactured and designed for a less complicated installation process.
- Ease of Cleaning: Due to the smooth surface, the product is very easy to clean.
Some disadvantages when considering cultured marble are:
- Damage Visibility: If the gel coating becomes damaged due to chipping, gouging, or deep scratches, the porous filler material will be exposed. Although the damage can be repaired, the refurbished area will still be visible.
- Limited Options: Fewer color, shape, and size options than with solid surface.
Solid surface countertops, sinks, and showers are also manufactured from natural pigments and natural mineral fillers, but with a naturally non-porous blend of resins, creating a homogeneous material. The color and pattern are uniform throughout the countertop. Solid Surface also offers a seamless design quality, and due to the non-porous nature, this product does not need to have surface coating. As a result, solid surface is typically supplied with a matte finish.
Some advantages in using solid surface include:
- Options: Available in a wide variety of gorgeous colors and visual textures.
- Low Maintenance: Very easy to clean and maintain.
- Renewable: Minor damage can be easily sanded away so the product looks like new.
- Resistant: Impervious to bacteria and most household chemicals.
- Appearance: Mimics the look of granite, quartz, wood, or other natural materials.
Some disadvantages when considering solid surface are:
- Cost: Solid surface is typically more expensive than cultured marble.
- Installation: Generally requires skilled professionals to install.
In the end, both solutions offer durability, ease of cleaning, and a variety of colors. Be sure to consider the differences when making your decision.
Which option do you think would work best for you? Call us today at 330-837-2216, or contact us here to discuss your needs.