Contractors can find cultured marble sheets direct through the manufacturer and in some local hardware stores. These sheets contain more than 75 percent marble dust suspended in a liquid polyester resin.
Cultured marble is a lower cost alternative to real marble sheets for those trying to stick to a budget. This man-made material is mostly real marble held together in a rosin laminate. It is also more durable and resistant to stains compared to marble, making it a good choice for bathrooms and kitchens.
Customers can find this product available in sheets, or pre-formed into sinks, vanities, wall panels and even larger tubs and whirlpools.
The industry is still young, first appearing in the late 1960s. However, contractors and homeowners can find multiple manufacturers nationwide who produce cultured marble, including U.S. Marble, a company based in Michigan.
These companies produce cultured marble in a variety of shades and styles, some of which are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Some examples of products available include onyx, veined marble and granite and cultured marble and granite.
Visit a local hardware store, such as Lowe's, to see if they have any of this cultured stone on hand. Many places can help customers track down cultured marble if they do not have it.