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The Benefits of using Cultured Marble

Cultured Marble | Martex | Vanity top
At Ordaz General Marble & Granite, Inc., with locations in Concord and Antioch, CA we know that cultured marble is an amazing product. If offers the beauty and luxury that people want and with our very own patented product (called Martex) we can achieve wonderful things for our customers throughout northern California.

Beauty
Elegant, Luxurious appearance

Durability
High strength, resistant to denting, chipping, abrasion and staining (with normal use and proper maintenance)

Lower Cost
The casting process enables the manufacturer to produce cultured marble substantially lower than quarried marble

Seamless Construction
Vanity tops can be cast in one piece (up to 12 feet in length) with integral bowls and back splash, minimizing seams

Water and mildew resistant
Silicone is used to seal the seams, and it is much less likely to leak or mildew than ceramic tile installations that use porous grout. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to inspect and maintain all silicone joints. As houses settle and move, there is the opportunity for the joints to separate. This situation should be corrected as soon as possible so that more serious problems do not develop.

Products made with Cultured Marble include:

  • Vanity Tops and Integral Bowls
  • Bath Tubs and Jetted Tubs
  • Bar Tops and Integral Bowls
  • Tub Surrounds
  • Shower Bases, Wall Surrounds, and Ceilings
  • Bath Flooring

What Exactly Is Cultured Marble?

Cultured Marble is a precise blend of polyester resin, catalyst, fillers and pigments that is thoroughly mixed and placed into open molds that have been coated with a clear gel coat. The gel coat is specially formulated to produce a tough, durable, transparent surface resistant to in-service wear. The manufacturer produces a unique range of colors, patterns, and veining. By making a spectacular product we created ourselves at Ordaz General Marble & Granite, Inc., we call it Martex. It’s quickly becoming a very popular product with contractors and homeowners alike.

The chemical reaction initiated by the catalyst causes the resin to polymerize and harden, bonding the entire matrix together in a hard, strong mass. After several hours of chemical curing, the parts are removed from the molds and trimmed, ground, polished and inspected. The parts are then ready for shipment and installation.

Cultured Marble is a manufactured product, and like natural marble, granite, etc., varies in shade and color. Other products such as carpet, wallpaper, and vinyl tile vary each time they are manufactured. Manufacturers refer to each “run” as a “dye lot.”