The Benefits of Corian Countertops

When it comes to kitchen or bathroom countertops, there are so many options to choose from. Corian countertops have gained considerable popularity in recent years as a great alternative to stone. What’s the difference between Corian and granite countertops in Winter Park, FL? Keep reading to learn more from Saw Tech Countertops.


What’s Corian?

Corian is the flagship of DuPont’s solid surface countertop line. Solid surface is a classification in the industry that refers to countertops made from man-made materials. Corian was created by Donald Slocum, a chemist with DuPont, in 1967. When it made its debut at the 1971 National Association of Home Builders, Corian was only available in one color. Corian chemical composition is 33% adhesive resin and 66% alumina trihydrate. The resin is an acrylic polymer that forms a very hard and durable plastic when set. The alumina trihydrate is a mineral found natural primarily in bauxite ore.


The Benefits of Corian

Corian is available in over 100 colors. Unlike natural stone and quartz, Corian colors are also more uniform. With Corian, you can easily match your new countertops to your kitchen or bathroom fixtures and flooring. The uniformity of color also makes this solid surface easy to piece together. The adhesive used at the seams is perfectly matched to Corian’s colors, creating a seamless look that you can’t get with natural stone. The resins used to create this solid surface make Corian completely non-porous and unlike granite, it doesn't need to be sanded and sealed every year. This also means that Corian is easy to clean with warm water and soap. It's naturally resistant to stains as well as color fade due to UV exposure.


Before You Buy

Corian is heat-resistant up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. DuPont recommends setting hot pots and pans on trivets. Corian isn't scratch-resistant, so always use a cutting board when you're prepping food. For busy households, light-colored Corian doesn’t show scratches a much as the dark shades. If you accidentally scratch or chip your countertops, they're easy and less expensive to repair compared to stone surfaces.


If you’re looking for solid surface or granite countertops in Winter Park, FL, the experts at Saw Tech can help you find the best materials for your kitchen or bathroom remodel.