Thursday, 3 November 2011

Let's talk countertops

I recently met with a representative of a company that sells Corian and Quartz counter tops.  I know that everyone is obsessed with Granite these days and I still love it too.  However!!  after learning more about Corian and Quartz, they truly are a stunning option that should not to be overlooked.  For this post I will focus on  Corian and explain the benefits that come from using this versatile and unique product.

Smooth & sleek.  I've seen this used in many commercial applications such as movie theatres & restaurants.

Corian is the brand name of a solid surfacing material created by DuPont.  It is made up of an acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate.  To read more of the technical information, click here.  Corian is 100%  solid and can be made to mimic the look of marble and granite.  As it is not a natural material it can be made in one large slab or sheet and have no seams at all.

  This 'Designer White' Island is nothing short of a classic look.

1. Durable and stain resistant.  This product is long lasting and can stand up to heavy use.  Because Corian is nonporous, spills do not penetrate through the surface.  For the most part it is also heat resistant, although recommendations are such that trivets or heat pads should be used to place very hot items upon it.
The flexibility of Corian can be molded into any shape you can imagine, both horizontally and vertically.

2. Repairable and Versatile.   Although it is not advisable to use this counter as a cutting board, Corian can easily be sanded down should it become scratched.  The reason being is because the colour runs all the way through the plastic.  (Look for a certified Corian contractor should you get it damaged)  In addition, you can create some fascinating and unique designs with this countertops' versatility.  Just because it's called a counter'top' it doesn't have to stay at the top.    - For the record, I would like to make it clear that I do not like the overall look of the kitchen in the photo above. The back splash appears to be a different green tone to the counter and is that a stained carpet in the kitchen? 

Timeless and Sophisticated. Now this kitchen, I love!

3.  Hygienic and Safe for food preparation.  When considering a sanitary application for kitchens, you can trust Corian as it is often the preferred choice for hospitals and restaurants.  One piece construction avoids dirt traps and by incorporating the sink into the counter top there is no 'lip' and no seams. This is great as you will never have to deal with water leaks or bacteria that can accumulate between the counter and the sink.

 These 8 new trend setting colours were released for 2011 & are included in my own box of over 105 samples.

4. Over 100 colours available.  Unlike a natural stone, the pattern and colour of the Corian you see in the store will be precisely the same when you bring it home.  The colour palette is plentiful, warm and inviting that you are sure to find something to suit your personal style.

Ok, perhaps not the most comfortable or practical, but oddly cool.
5. Outdoor approved.  If you are fortunate enough to have a house where the outdoor area allows you to have an exterior kitchen, then Corian is the choice of material for you!  From what I have read, weather conditions should not affect the finish of Corian, but the same cannot be said over time about natural stones.  

It is also very important to mention that Corian is an Environmentally Friendly product.  It is a low emitting surfacing material that contributes to sustainable design.  To read more about the safety and GREENGUARD certification of this product, go to

Corian can be purchased in many kitchen and bathroom showrooms, including the big box stores. I feel that the quality of this product is easily comparable to that of a natural stone and can even super seed them in some instances.  Although, some people feel very strongly about having a natural stone and if this is the case, I would not try to talk you out of it.  I am merely educating you on other options available at generally a lower price point to that of granite.

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  1. Very informative. I hadn't ever considered Corian. Might be an option for the new house!
    Emily xo

  2. Hello Claire, thank you for sharing your knowledge and photos with your readers on your blog!