Cultured Marble Shower Prices
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The shower is your sanctuary. It should feel and look like a personal retreat. A common shower material that provides such a haven is cultured marble. It can be a beautiful addition to any shower and add warmth and sophistication without going outside your budget.
See all cultured marble shower wall prices below and then, connect with a bathroom contractor near you to help with your next shower remodeling project.
Table of Contents
- Cultured Marble Shower Walls Cost
- Cultured Marble Cost Comparison
- What Is Cultured Marble?
- Advantages Of Cultured Marble Showers
- Disadvantages Of Cultured Marble Showers
- Cultured Marble Types
- Cultured Marbles Uses
- Cultured Marble Colors
- DIY Or Hire A Contractor?
- How To Install A Cultured Marble Shower Wall
- Find A Bathroom Contractor
Cultured Marble Shower Walls Cost
The cost of your cultured marble shower wall depends on what type of cultured marble is chosen, the manufacturer and the thickness. Expect to spend between $8 and $24/sf for cultured marble shower slabs. Shower pans are priced differently as they’re generally prefabricated to specific sizes while the shower slabs are made bigger and then cut to preference.
- $8/sf - $24/sf for cultured shower slabs
- $300 - $600 for a shower pan slab
As always, there are a few things to keep in mind that will change the cost of the project:
Adding a soap holder will increase your cultured marble shower cost. To maintain the classy look of cultured marble, you should not keep your plastic soap holder or install a plastic version in a cultured shower. While it will cost more, cultured marble manufacturers know how to add cultured soap holders.
Adding a shower seat will also inflate your cost because it requires more pieces of cultured marble. Shower seats are very popular shower upgrades, as they add comfort and ease to anyone using the shower. It also adds to the look of the shower, making it look and feel more luxurious.
Marble comes in different finishes. As you might expect, changing the finish to a more upgraded version can cause the price to rise. All homeowners have the option to upgrade the finish to something that is more durable and has more sheen.
Finally, if the cultured marble is purchased online rather than at a local store, added shipping fees may also increase your cultured marble shower walls price.
Cultured Marble Cost Comparison
While cultured marble is hard to beat, you have other options when it comes to shower walls. Design and durability play a key role, but cost should always be top of mind.
All shower wall materials bring their own set of pros and cons. To really determine which material is right for, refer to the links above or continue reading.
What Is Cultured Marble?
Cultured marble is a stone that contains a blend of particles and resins. Once formed, they create beautiful and durable slabs that can be used throughout the home.
Cultured marble is created by placing the blend into specific molds shaped like a bathtub, countertop or shower. The marble is then covered with a gel that bonds the mixture. After polishing, the cultured marble is complete.
Advantages Of Cultured Marble Showers
Besides adding more of a wow factor compared to tile or Formica, there are plenty characteristics that make cultured marble the perfect addition to your bathroom and/or shower:
- Easy to Install: Cultured marble is easy to install, thus saving you money on installation. While it’s not as affordable as tile, keeping installation costs down (without sacrificing material) is vital when you’re on a tight budget.
- Design: Cultured marble is beautiful. It comes in various colors to fit any bathroom design. Furthermore, the manufacturer can add veining or special patterns to incorporate your unique taste or add character and depth to your shower wall.
- Costs Vs. Marble: Cultured marble is less expensive than real marble. Marble prices start closer to $40/sf. Cultured marble is made from a mixture of limestone and fiberglass resin, which can continuously be reproduced, keeping the price down. Therefore, you can achieve the elegant look without having to pay the hefty price.
- Easy Maintenance: Since the surface is smooth and shiny, you can wipe away almost anything with a wet sponge or rag. Fortunately, it also resists staining.
- No Grout: Besides less cleaning, no grout means you’ll never have to pay to regrout your shower wall.
- Flexibility: Cultured marble can be cut into any shape. Genuine marble, for instance, can only be cut into simple shapes, which limits where you can place it. As you’ll see below, you can use cultured marble in various areas of the bathroom and home.
Disadvantages Of Cultured Marble Showers
Cultured marble shower walls may sound perfect, but like any material, it comes with a few drawbacks as well:
- Not Real Marble: Cultured marble looks like genuine marble, but not completely. From a distance, an untrained eye won’t see the difference. Upon closer inspection, cultured marble doesn't have the same quality as real marble. Some label it as a fake plastic.
- Imperfections Show: The sealant that is used on cultured marble to give it its sheen is rather weak and does not last as long as genuine marble or other tiling options. Over an extended period of time, cracks and breaks can become visible. Beware, cultured marble is also sensitive and can be damaged from extreme heat from curling irons and candles.
- Cleaning Limitations: While basic maintenance is easy, abrasive cleansers often used in the bathroom should not be used on cultured marble because it’s easily scratched. The scratches can be buffed out, but this is another disadvantage that must be considered.
- Not All the Same: Different manufacturers have different qualities of cultured marble. All were not created equal. Therefore, some cultured marble shower walls last longer than others. As such, always research the manufacturer and ensure you get some sort of warranty before you purchase any cultured marble.
Cultured Marble Types
Any cultured product goes through some artificial or man-made process. Besides marble, you can purchase cultured granite or onyx. There are dozens of marble colors and types available ranging from Carrara and Calacatta to Statuary and Emperador. All marble can be cultured. Essentially, the second it’s altered with new veining, shaping or coloring, it’s cultured.
Cultured Marbles Uses
Cultured marble can be used throughout the bathroom. In fact, just as common as cultured marble shower wall panels are cultured countertops, tub surrounds, bathtubs and shower inserts.
- Cultured Marble Countertops Costs: $30 - $100/sf
- Cultured Marble Tub Surround: $1,000 - $1,500 total
- Cultured Marble Tub: $1,700 - $2,500 total
- Shower Inserts: $50 - $500 total
Note that some manufacturers charge based on inches rather than square footage. The prices above should hold true.
Other, less common uses include fireplace surrounds (non-wood burning), bathroom flooring and kitchen countertops. Beware, cultured marble is not made for heavy foot traffic. Therefore, it’s risky to use as bathroom flooring or kitchen counters.
Cultured Marble Colors
Cultured and engineered marble come in a wide array of colors. Since they are man-made, it makes sense that all homeowners have plenty of options to choose from. Popular cultured and engineered marble colors include:
- Gray & White
- Blue & White
- Solid White
- Gold & White
For a more complete list of cultured marble colors, please see US Marble.
DIY Or Hire A Contractor?
Most homeowners assume they can’t install cultured marble. Believe it or not, installing cultured marble shower walls is just as easy as installing drywall. Once you remove your existing shower surround, all you need is some silicone and a friend to help you out.
Nevertheless, some homeowners prefer the professional touch and hire bathroom contractors to install cultured marble. After all, when you hire a pro, you get that peace of mind knowing your brand new, $24/sf cultured marble is in good hands.
How To Install A Cultured Marble Shower Wall
If you’re ready to take the DIY leap of faith, you’ve come to the right place. Before we get started, you need the right tools and materials to ensure that dream shower you’ve always wanted.
Tools & Materials
- Cultured Marble
- Heavy-duty Adhesive
- Silicone Sealant
- Screw Gun
- Drill Bits
- Measuring Tape
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Utility Knife
Installing Cultured Marble
- Remove Existing Walls: You can install cultured marble over most walls, but we recommend a cement backboard. Therefore, you have to remove any existing tile or drywall on your shower wall. Then, screw cement backboard sheets onto the walls. Do not place them right next to each other, as they may move during the drying process. If the backboard is not clear white, add some primer to ensure no dark coloring fades through.
- Cut the Cultured Marble: To make things easy, we highly recommend measuring and communicating the exact sizes you need to the manufacturer. Otherwise, you have to order large pieces and cut the cultured marble yourself. If you do, account for handles and the shower head. Cutting can be done with a saw, but it’s well worth having the pros cut the marble for you. Note, if you’re rearranging your shower, a plumber may need to come in and relocate the lines.
- Time to Install: Place the cut pieces on the walls to make sure all fit. If not, measure and cut again. Then, cover the walls with your silicone sealant. Line up the sheet and press them onto the wall. Apply a little bit of force with your hands across all sheets. Make sure they’re securely fastened before you let go.
- Let It Dry: Most silicone needs 24 hours to dry. In the meantime, cover the gaps with cardboard or pieces of wood. This prevents scratching or movement. After 24 hours, remove all cardboard and wood and apply the caulk around your cultured marble shower. Let the caulk dry for 24 hours before use.
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Cultured marble is a terrific option for any updated shower or bathroom: it’s easy to install, there’s no grout to worry about and it gives the bathroom the classy and elegant look of genuine marble without the added costs.
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Last updated on Apr 28, 2017