PRO-TOPS fabricates and installs cultured marble and marble countertops for kitchens and baths across the Charlotte NC region. Marble tops look fantastic, especially when expertly fabricated and installed by PRO-TOPS, and are guaranteed to make a statement in your home. Marble’s rich colors and intricate veining make it one of the most desirable materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Whereas cultured marble is a man-made solid surface, real marble is a natural stone. No two marble slabs are identical which is enticing for homeowners looking for unique countertops or vanity tops. Aside from being fantastic looking, this type of countertops requires more upkeep and maintenance than other natural stone countertops.
Origin of marble
You might be curious about the origins of the marble slabs we transform into countertops for homeowners in the Charlotte area. Marble is a natural stone that gets its looks from the metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks like limestone and dolomite. This metamorphism is the result of extreme heat and pressure which has caused variable re-crystallization of the original stone. Pure white marble is from the metamorphism of pure limestone and dolomite. No granite has the white radiance of marble.
One of the main characteristics of marble slabs is their veins and swirls. Interestingly enough, the intricate markings are due to several mineral impurities (sand, iron, clay,…) originally present in the original limestone and dolomite. For example, marble slabs with a green coloring are usually the result of high magnesium content in the limestone.
Marble countertops maintenance
There is no arguing that marble countertops are beautiful, but they do require more upkeep and care than granite and quartz countertops. By nature, it is inherently a softer stone than granite (and quartz) and is more likely to scratch and stain. Extra precautions should be taken to protect your marble counter tops such as using a cutting board when using knives and silicone trivets for hot pots. It is also recommended to use a sealer to help with stain prevention as marble stains easily when in contact with acidic liquids. Wiping off spills (coffee, wine, oil) promptly is important to prevent staining.
Cultured marble countertops
An alternative to “natural” marble is cultured marble. Cultured marble is a synthetic material that is made from mixing acrylic, polyester resins and pigments into molds (cast polymer) and left to cure to become a solid surface (no grouts). Cultured marble countertops are aesthetically pleasing and a great choice for homeowners on a budget.
The process used to make cultured marble countertops allows for sinks, side splashes and backsplashes to be built right into the counter top. Cultured marble countertops can also be made to be seamless.
Cultured marble countertops are durable, non-porous and only require minimum maintenance. They don’t stain as spills will not penetrate its surface. They can be cleaned with soap and water or a mild cleaner. They are mostly used for bathroom vanity tops, bathtubs and shower bases, but can also be used as kitchen countertops.
Cost of cultured marble
Affordability is one of the main advantages of cultured marble. It is substantially less expensive than granite, real marble and quartz.
If you are looking for marble countertops for your kitchen or bath and live in the Charlotte area, we’d love to talk with you about your project and have the opportunity to earn your business. We have designers on staff and provide free estimates. PRO-TOPS is the local leader in marble countertop fabrication and installation with over 20 years of experience serving the Charlotte area. Call us today or fill out our contact form to be contacted.