Corian is a construction material with an interesting history that dates back to the late 1960s. It was developed by DuPont and introduced to American home builders in 1971, around the same time initial fabrication of quartz was taking place in Europe. In just one decade, Corian’s status among interior decorators went from functional to luxurious despite only being available in two colors at the time.
A few homeowners, particularly younger ones, associate Corian with quartz, and they are correct when they do so. Other homeowners think of Corian as a curious material that was very trendy in the 1980s and looks like indestructible porcelain, which is also a fair description. “Classic” Corian is available in many colors and patterns, and the same goes for Corian quartz. The difference is that the latter includes quartz crystals and is usually engineered to resemble natural stone.
In both original and quartz versions, Corian is a smart choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Here are some of the advantages of choosing Corian for your home.
In the five decades Corian has been around, DuPont has not stopped improving the product. After losing countertop market share to granite in the 1990s, DuPont changed its formulation and fabrication processes for the purpose of repositioning Corian as a superior material. What you get from a new slab of Corian these days is a highly advanced composite that is used by the aerospace industry.
Corian slabs installed by a DuPont-certified technician come with a 10-year warranty. If you purchase a home that has Corian counters installed, ask the sellers if they still have the DuPont paperwork.
Corian is made by the same company that created Kevlar. While it may not be completely bulletproof, Corian offers an extremely solid surface that doesn’t scratch or discolor easily. Legacy Corian is more durable than Corian quartz. If you plan on using your kitchen countertops for heavy food preparation, you may want to choose classic Corian.
Ease of Maintenance
Unlike granite, marble, or limestone, Corian surfaces aren’t porous and don’t require sealing. If you choose a polished finish for your Corian countertops, the sheen will never go away as long as you clean them regularly with a Corian cleaner and polish. You should refrain from using common household cleaning products on Corian countertops, particularly if they’re the quartz version that resembles natural stone.
With Corian, you’re not limited to what the store has to offer. Retailers who are connected with DuPont fabricators can order custom-made slabs for intricate projects featuring backsplashes, panels, waterfall edges, colorful mosaics, and more. When you browse the DuPont color catalog, you’ll encounter interesting tones and combinations such as Sonora, Cosmos, Dune, Cocoa, and Hazelnut.
Corian and engineered stone surfaces are easy to maintain, and so are natural-stone surfaces such as granite, marble, and slate. If you’d like tips on how to clean natural stone and determine when it needs to be sealed, call the Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold® today. One of our friendly representatives can take your call at 1-800-475-STONE (7866).