The Answers to Your Questions About Imitation Marble Countertops
When you love the look of a luxury surface, you may be wondering if
imitation marble countertops can give you all of the appearance and features of the natural stone, but at a
fraction of the price. Unfortunately, only real marble will ever equal its beauty and specific
advantages. That said, you still may like the look of imitation marble countertops and they may suit
your décor very well. It’s all a matter of deciding whether or not they meet your needs and expectations
and suit your style and personal taste. The answers to the following question should help you to make
What are imitation marble countertops?
The term imitation marble countertops refer to a blend of crushed limestone and fiberglass resin, also known as
cultured marble. This form of surface is a combination of natural and synthetic materials and is usually
categorized within the cast polymer family. Cast polymer is created by mixing pigments and inorganic
particulates within an unsaturated polyester resin. The particulates are fillers that are typically made of
engineered calcium carbonate.
How are imitation marble countertops made?
Imitation marble countertops are the result of the precise blending of the ingredients which are then mixed
thoroughly and poured into special molds. These molds are left open at the top and are coated with a clear
gelcoat substance. This substance ensures that the surface of the imitation marble countertops will be
durable, strong, shiny, non porous, highly resistant to staining, and yet very easy for the homeowner to
maintain. The shape of the sheet that results is dependent on the shape of the mold.
The formulation and techniques used by the manufacturer creates the various colors and vein patterns in the
final product. A catalyst is used once the mixture is in the mold, to make it polymerize and harden, forming
a single durable solid. This is a chemical process and takes several hours, after which the slab is taken out
of the mold and trimmed to the desired size. The edge is then added, and the whole thing is polished and
inspected. At this point, it is ready for installation.
Are there advantages to imitation marble countertops?
Because of the way that imitation marble countertops are made, and the strength of the gelcoat, the finished
product is quite strong, is nonporous (making it resistant to staining, as well as to mildew and bacteria growth),
and resistant to scratching and chipping. Though it is would not be mistaken for the real natural stone, it
is still very attractive with a glossy shining surface.
Are imitation marble countertops appropriate for use in a kitchen?
As durable as imitation marble countertops are, they are still softer and easier to scratch or chip than typical
kitchen counters. For this reason, many people use these counters in others areas such as in tub or shower
surrounds or vanities, instead of for food prep areas that will take much more of a beating on a daily basis.
Imitation marble countertops are an attractive and interesting surface. Though they are not used for
kitchens as often as say granite, depending on your décor and expectations for maintenance, they could work nicely
for your home improvement project.
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