Natural Stone Countertops Vs. Solid Surface Corian
We’ve covered a few different types of countertop surfaces so far, but there are a few more options to keep in mind. Namely solid surface countertops consisting of Corian. There are a few advantages to Corian over other countertop materials.
So, what’s so great about Corian?
Corian is a synthetic material developed by DuPont. This material is nonporous, extremely durable, and easy to maintain. It resists heat, stains, and sunlight, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Corian’s color does not fade and will not change over time through normal use. Crucially, when seams are necessary, Corian features an almost seamless joint. There is also Corian Quartz, which adds quartz crystals to the finish and is made to resemble natural stone.
What are the advantages of using Corian instead of Natural Stone?
Corian is engineered to be strong and resilient and as technology continues to get better, Corian continues to get better as well. It has been designed to be superior to natural stone by its creators. This material is also used in the aerospace industry, so this should give you a pretty good idea of its strength and versatility. Since Corian is 100% man made, the color and finish will be more defined and uniform. However, this also means that there are a tremendous number of colors available, with stylistic variations galore. Additionally, where natural stone can sometimes crack or chip when contacted with a utensil, Corian is highly durable and does not discolor easily.
Is Corian easy to Maintain?
Yes! Unlike its natural stone counterparts, Corian is not porous and does not need to be sealed. The sheen of a polished Corian top will never go away as long as the surface is cleaned regularly with a Corian cleaner. It is advised to never use common household cleaners on Corian tops, especially if they are the Corian Quartz variety. Corian is less expensive than natural stone. This is a good material for budget conscious homeowners, or when Corian is being installed in less important areas of the home.