Q. Why use cultured marble in my bathroom?
A. Cultured marble is crushed marble particles mixed with polyester resins that form a surface that is sealed with a gel coat and is sanitary and virtually impervious to stains and water. It is a low maintenance product— tub and shower walls have a minimum number of seams, diminishing leakage and allergy-causing mold and mildew problems. We recommend using silicone to seal seams in a cultured marble shower.
Real marble is a naturally porous stone and will stain easily. Natural stone products need to be disinfected and re-sealed every 6-12 months. Ceramic tile has the ongoing problems with mold and mildew growing in the grout, necessitating disinfecting and resealing the grout on a regular basis. Consider having our cultured marble corner seat or bench seat in your shower as a hygienic alternative to a natural stone seat. Unlike natural stone and ceramic, cultured marble products remain at room temperature and are never cold to the touch. And of course, you have a wide-ranging choice of styles, colors and types of cultured marble to choose from. Click here to hear what people are saying about Heritage Marble.
Q. Can I install cultured marble myself?
A. Installation of cultured marble vanity tops and tub and shower surrounds is not too difficult for the individual who is experienced in home repair projects. Vanity tops need to be measured to fit your cabinet with adequate overhang, if desired. Bowl placement has to be determined. For tub or shower walls, the wall surface must be plumb, square and flat. Depending upon which material you choose, the cement board behind the cultured marble may need to be painted a flat white. Holes for the plumbing fixtures (and recessed accessory pieces) are cut on site. Each wall piece must be “dry fitted” and clean before installation. Wall pieces may need to be cut and/or scribed for proper fit. 100% clear silicone caulk, mold and mildew resistant, is used. Detailed installation guidelines are available upon request.
A skilled professional best accomplishes the installation of cultured marble vanity tops and shower walls. Aside from the weight of larger vanity tops and the handling of large wall panels, plus the accurate measuring, subsequent “dryfitting” and possible scribing of panels, perfect installation becomes quite a project for most of us. Have your contractor call us with any questions.
Q. How are chips and scratches repaired?
A. You can remove light scratches with a high quality automotive polish, and an electric buffer (minimum 2000 RPM). Chips and minor blemishes need to be repaired by an experienced repairperson with the correct materials and skill. Call us for more information.
Q. Can cultured marble be used in a Steam Shower?
A. Yes, we can manufacture a custom Steam Shower that incorporates cultured marble panels and a bench seat. It is important that we know this will be a STEAM Shower, as we take additional steps to reinforce with fiberglass the portions of the panels that will be near the steam source. This ensures the integrity of the cultured marble in this application.
Q. What are those tiny cracks I’ve seen around drains?
A. Crazing defines those hairline or spider cracks. This may be a problem with porcelain, fiberglass, Corian® or cultured marble basins because of the hot and cold water thermal shock. It is recommended your hot water tank temperature is 125°F or less to effectively reduce this problem.
Q. Will the caulk in my shower crack?
A. It is unlikely that the 100% silicone used to seal Cultured Marble will crack. If caulk becomes loose from a joint, it should be replaced as soon as possible. This is a minor routine maintenance project any homeowner can do.
Q. Can I replace my standard bathtub with a shower pan?
A. Yes, you can. We have a standard-size shower base of 32" x 60" that will fit right in that tub space with the drain located at either end. (More Adaptive Design Information)
Q. How can I see the colors you offer?
A. Our Showroom is open to the public, Monday through Friday. You do not need an appointment. All the colors and finishes we offer are available for you to view--you may even pick up sample pieces. We have over 70 colors you may select to match or coordinate with your other bath fixtures, flooring and cabinets. Technology has not yet met our high standards to duplicate our colors in print. Stop in for the real thing.
Q. How may I
get pricing for Heritage Marble products?
A. Due to the many styles, options and product types available, each order is priced on an individual basis. Each product is custom manufactured to your specifications. We are more than happy to work with you regarding design possibilities, functions, and layouts. We are a wholesale manufacturer so pricing is available only through building contractors and our distributors. All orders F.O.B. Columbus, Ohio.
Q. How about care and cleaning of cultured marble?
A. Refer to our CARE & MAINTENANCE page on this web site.
If you have a question about Cultured Marble we have not addressed, please call, write or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a quick response.
For more information about Cultured Marble, check out the web site of the International Cast Polymer Alliance www.icpa-hq.org
7086 Huntley Road —
Columbus, Ohio 43229
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