Marble is popular for all kinds of uses, but it can also get pretty expensive and so people have cooked up more than a few ways to fake it.</br></br>And, that’s all to the good – the trouble comes when you have to identify between the real and the make-believe. So, we thought it’d be a good idea to talk about two different kinds of fake marble and how you can tell them apart from the real thing.</br></br><strong>What’s Marbleizing?</strong></br></br>Marbleizing, which is sometimes called faux marbling, is the art of painting a surface to look like marble. And, it is definitely considered an art – people pay big money to have it done professionally, and it’s a rare talent in the marble game.</br></br>The craft has been around for more than 400 years and in that time some artists have gotten so good that their work can’t be discerned from the real thing. These folks are usually hired to add a marble look in places it just can’t be, like in historical buildings on wood surfaces.</br></br><em>How You Can Tell:</em> You have to feel it, and even then you might be fooled unless the surface material is something other than stone.</br></br><strong>What’s Cultured Marble?</strong></br></br>As we’ve discussed in a <a title="What's Cultured Marble" href="https://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/Whats-Cultured-Marble" target="_blank">previous post about cultured marble</a>, this stuff is a mix of pulverized stone, glass, resin and magic dust that’s then heated and molded to create a marble substitute.</br></br>Marble manufacturing allows for a wide range of colors, veining and molded shapes, which makes cultured marble a popular choice. Plus, it’s stronger and less expensive than real marble, so people are usually happy to consider it – but, not at the price of real marble.</br></br><em>How You Can Tell</em>: Look for scratches in real marble, or try to scratch it yourself (in an inconspicuous area) with something sharp. If it doesn’t scratch, it’s very likely cultured marble. You may also tell by the shape, because cultured marble can be molded into some pretty wild designs, whereas real marble is usually cut in a more straightforward manner.</br></br>The best way to tell, though, is to deal with reputable manufacturers and contractors, like the ones you can find locally at <a href="https://porch.com/">Porch.com</a>.