I need to replace the vanity top in my bathroom. Unfortunately the
vanity is 24x18 so I need a 25x19 vanity top. I have very few choices
available in that size. I was going to order a custom cultured marble
top from Lowes but a customer who was overhearing my conversation with
the staff person advised me against it. She said that she had bad
experience with culture marble. She said that it cracked and broke
because of hot water (while cleaning). I currently have a cheap
cultured marble and have not had any such problems. She told me to
look for a granite top in some special granite shops.
Even though it is my primary bath and I wouldn't mind the expense, I am
thinking the vanity is too small and probably does not merit all the
hassle. I would be perfectly happy with a decent looking moderately
priced cultured marble vanity top but wanted to know what others
thought about the realiability of one.
Thanks in advance,
I have many culture marble vanity tops over the years from rental
properties. No problem with hot water. The hairline cracks I've seen were
all from undermount porcelain bows. Don't know if its form hot water, stress
Granite and other natural stone would actually be more likely to crack due
to thermal stress. Natural stone (many kinds but not all) has many crystal
faces that make it brittle while cultured marble is more amorphous in
Worse than the new guy at lowes is the person in the isle who tries to give
advice based on evesdropped information. I have gotten far worse advice
from customers than employees anyday. The customers who know what they are
doing don't talk, they just get what they need and checkout.
Its more likely that thew customer had a bad experience with lowes and was
trying to sabotage your choice of vendors. And there are plenty of cultured
marble specialists, I would check with them before contracting with a third
party contractor like Lowes or HD anyway.
Corian and Silestone might be worth looking at as well.
Thanks for your advice. Yes I have the same feeling about electronics
stores. I am certainly a savvy electronics buyer and I have usually
done all my research beforehand. When I go to the store it is usually
a quick in-and-out trip for me (unless I am browsing for the heck of
it). I don't see why savvy DIY shoppers wouldn't be the same.
Corian and Silestone are very nice but very expensive. If the vanity
was a decent size I would not think twice before buying Corian. But at
25x19, there is hardly any space left to touch, feel and admire the
looks of the top. $500 seems like a waste for such a small size.
Thanks to everyone who posted I would most likely go with a cultured
marble top now.
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