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  • 6/7/2017 6:00 AM

Natural vs. Man-Made Marble

Choosing between natural or man-made marble can be tough if you don’t know the key differences between the two of them and what might be best for what you are using it for.

Here are the key differences between natural vs. man-made marble:

Price

  • Natural Marble: Natural marble is a high end product with a high end price. Things such as quarrying, cutting and availability are what make this item so expensive. Prices range from $10-$38 per square foot and usually have a cutting price of up to $15 per square foot.
  • Man-Made Marble: Cultured (man-made) marble is less expensive since it isn’t found in a quarry and is just a mix of elements that are poured into a mold.

Maintenance

  • Natural Marble: Having natural marble in your home can be high maintenance. Since it is a porous stone, it requires a lot of care and upkeep. Marble can become cracked, chipped, and discolored which is why experts say you should have it resealed every 6 months. Avoid spilling any type of oils or using any household cleaners that are not specifically made for the marble.
  • Man-Made Marble: Cultured marble on the other hand is not a porous material therefore does not require as much upkeep and maintenance. The process of creating this marble has been designed to keep out the absorption of oils and staining or discoloring. Standard household cleaners are fine to use on cultured marble.

Selection

  • Natural Marble: Choosing natural marble is a process of finding available marble in the yard. When visiting the marble yard, decision such as color, size, and slice thickness need to be made.
  • Man-Made Marble: Choosing cultured marble is a creative process. Cultured marble is poured to the specification of the client  and can be customized according to what the client would like as far as color and grain preferences. The options with cultured marble are endless.

Installation

  • Natural Marble: Natural marble is a very hard substance, but it is brittle. Installing this marble requires muscle power and if not installed properly can end in curling, discoloration, cracking and vein “popping” of the marble.
  • Man-Made Marble: Installing cultured marble is a different and less fragile process than installing natural marble. The cutting and adjusting of the marble can be done on site and single piece surfaces can be created for an easier installation.

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