Surface Type ⇔ CULTURED MARBLE
Cultured Marble is a man-made material that is non-porous and low-maintenance, primarily used for bathroom fixtures like bathtubs, countertops, sinks, and showers. Cultured Marble can mimic the appearance of granite or marble, and has a high-gloss finish that offers durability and resistance to stains, chipping, and abrasion.
All cultured marble bathtubs are over-sized. Some are jetted, and some can even have a step or a ledge as part of the tub. Because cultured marble bathtubs can be any size or shape, we will need pictures and 3 measurements (length, width, and height) to get you an estimate for refinishing.
When taking these measurements, do not dip down into the tub. Instead, just measure straight across the tub from front to back for length; side to side for width; and for the height, measure from the outside of the tub starting at the bathroom floor and go straight up vertically to the top of the tub. The best pictures will include an overall image of the tub so that I can see how it sits in the room, as well as specific images of damage (rust, chips, stains, cracks, pits).
Our pricing is based on a white or off-white finish, but if you want another color, you can choose from our solid color finishes. You'll notice there are no dark colors offered because even in the semi-sterile environment we try to create, there are still minute dust particles that float through the air that can and will be seen on a dark surface.
If you don't need a special order color and are just trying to match the existing color to a toilet or countertop that is some variation of white or off-white, Jim has a great eye for color, and can tint the pure white color he starts with to get close to the color you're trying to match.
If you have a cultured marble shower unit, the best way to spruce it up is to have it refinished, especially if the finish has gotten dull.
Showers can be any size or shape, so we will need pictures, and measurements for the length and width of the shower walls, as well as the dimensions of the shower floor, to get you an accurate bid.
Also, if you are planning on replacing your shower doors, the time for refinishing is after the old doors have been removed while waiting for the new doors to arrive. Be sure to allow a few days after refinishing before scheduling the new door installation.
Because the floor of a shower is what gets used the most, most times the walls of your shower still look good, but the floor you stand on looks really bad. This is a very good example of what refinishing is for.
If the floor and walls are two separate pieces, we can refinish the floor without refinishing the walls. The way to tell if your shower is a one-piece unit, or two separate pieces is to look for a caulk line that separates the two.
To get an estimate for refinishing your shower floor, please send pictures of your shower and the floor, and include the measurements, which usually range from 3x3 to 3x5.
Most, but not all, cultured marble countertops also contain one or two sinks. A problem area with cultured (man-made) marble sinks is that over time, hairline cracks will start to develop near the sink drain. This is a perfectly normal characteristic of how cultured marble breaks down over time, and it's due to the hot and cold water coming out of the spout and hitting directly onto the surface.
We can repair cultured marble, but we cannot replicate the swirly/speckled/tone-on-tone look of cultured marble, which means we cannot do a "spot-repair" without refinishing the entire countertop unit - to hide and seal the repair. Also, we only refinish countertops in a MultiSpec - not a solid color - finish. The reason why is because the finish hides a multitude of flaws, it gives a beautiful contrast to a solid finish bathtub, and it instantly updates a bathroom and removes the outdated cultured marble look by giving it a granite look.
Another reason we do not refinish countertops in a solid color is because there are minuscule particles that float through the air during the refinishing process that can and do get permanently caught in the finish - which can and will be seen. Also, if you happen to chip the surface, it will be much more noticeable on a solid color finish than it would be on a MultiSpec-finished surface.
MultiSpec is a unique decorative coating consisting of individual flecks of various colors that are subtly blended to achieve the natural appearance of granite and stone. The coating consists of encapsulated paint balls that randomly splatter on the surface as they shoot out of the spray gun during application. This is what gives MultiSpec its natural appearance. The finish is durable, and the stone look is truly custom.
PRICING: To get a ballpark figure for the cost of refinishing cultured marble bathroom countertops and sinks, use $50 per square foot plus $75 per bowl. Please note that all hardware touching the countertop (spout, handles, and drain) will have to be removed prior to our arrival to refinish (this is not a service we offer), and can be re-installed a couple of days after refinishing.
One of the most obvious characteristics of Cultured Marble is its 'swirly', 'speckled', or 'veiny' design. Because of that reason, we cannot repair cultured marble without refinishing the entire piece afterwards. There is no way to match that 'built-in' cultured marble look during a repair.
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Please note that our warranty is specifically related to the two things under our control: workmanship and product defects. We do not guarantee that rust, cracks, or holes won't reappear later in a bathtub, shower, sink, or shower floor if the underlying source of the damage (possibly a house shift, improper initial installation, water leak, or previous damage to the same area) has not been corrected.
Our service areas extend to most of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex including Arlington, Bedford, Carrollton, Colleyville, Coppell, Dallas, Euless, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Irving, Keller, Lewisville, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club, Watauga, and Westlake. These cities indicate our maximum travel range. Call Debbie at 817.305.0300 if you're unsure whether we travel to your area without an additional travel charge, which generally ranges from $75-$150 per day.