What is Engineered Marble?Engineered marble is reused natural stone fragments that have been bonded with a very small amount of resin. Commercial varieties may also contain polymers, pigments and other impurities. Unlike natural (unprocessed) stone which is porous, engineered marble is less pervious to moisture which can cause mildew. It is also more resistant to scratches and stains than quarried natural marble. [caption id="attachment_401" align="alignnone" width="876"] As Engineered Marble is man-made, its pigments cannot replicate the unique patterns of natural marble slabs.[/caption]
What is Cultured Marble?Also known as composite marble, cultured marble is recycled natural marble dust and chips that have been crushed, pressed, heated and bonded with resin. Some vendors also add glass, scrap metal or shells to increase the weight of the final product – however these are much cheaper in quality. The hot mixture is poured into a mould to set it in custom size and shape, and protected by a gel coating. Ceramic Marble Tiles: This is stretching the definition of marble, so we shall not talk about tiles that are made to look like marble. For ease of understanding, we’ll refer to cultured marble as engineered marble too throughout this blog.
All you need to know about Engineered MarbleAlso known as faux marble and artificial marble, they are man-made and contain around 75-90% of marble dust. In simple words, it is a cheap imitation of natural marble that is only distantly related to the stone – hence, the name.
Is engineered marble same as natural marble?No, engineered marble is not natural marble, although it is related. Engineered marble is made with marble fragments, dust and chips (the weaker particles or by-products of mining and processing) mixed with resin binder and pigments. It often gives the impression of low quality Indian granite, characterized by a speckled, uneven appearance.
Pros of engineered marble:
- The initial cost is lower than that of natural marble.
- No colour variation or inconsistency of patterns. Since you have more control over the production process, you can choose a consistent shade and veining pattern, much like tiles.
- It indirectly helps in natural resource preservation by utilizing recycled or discarded products. Reusing the by-products helps minimize industrial waste.
- They come in standard sizes, perfect for commercial use. Albeit customizable, they usually conform to standard tile sizes for ease of use and transportation. Customization may drive up the cost though.