Corian, which was developed by DuPont in the late 1960s, offers homeowners and designers a wide range of possibilities for artistic expression. Over the years, Corian solid surface countertops has evolved and improved to the point that has now available in more than 100 different colors and a multitude of finishes. In 2014, DuPont rebranded Corian as Corian 2.0 to emphasize significant design changes. The product now comes in solid colors, textures that resemble stone, a semi translucent form that allows for backlighting, and as part of the Martha Stewart Living Collection.
The Benefits of Corian
Corian is a non-porous (i.e. stain resistant), solid polymer that can be produced in a seamless fabrication process. It is heat resistant up to 212° F, is easily repaired, and is thermoformable. It is considered a premium decorative surface and priced similar to granite, engineered stone, marble, recycled glass, and stainless steel. Perhaps the largest benefit that Corian offers is an ability to be molded to nearly any shape. As a result of its molding unique properties, Corian can be seamlessly integrated with any number of design features. For instance, Corian countertops can be produced as a single unit with an included sink, eliminating the need to mount and seal a sink to the countertop. This leads to a seamless aesthetic that is easier to clean and provides simpler lines. It also allows for unique sink designs that provide an unparalleled level of customization. Corian can be used to produce more than countertops. It can be used to produce cabinets, furniture, light fixtures, and much more. Theoretically, an entire kitchen, from floor to ceiling, could be produced from Corian. The versatility of the material allows it to be used in design inspirations that range from traditional to hi-tech. Recently, DuPont has started to develop Corian charging surfaces that allow smart devices to be wirelessly charged simply by placing them on a charging spot that is seamlessly integrated into the surface.
Corian residential products are protected by a limited 10-year, transferable warranty. This protects the product from manufacturing defects during the first 10 years of its lifespan. Additionally, Corian is easily protected by using trivets for hot items and by occasionally wiping it down with a dedicated countertop cleaner or soap and water. The frequency of required cleaning depends upon the product coloration, with some colors needing more frequent cleaning than others to maintain a like-new appearance.
Corian and the Environment
Corian is an acrylic material developed from resin and natural minerals. It is non-toxic, non-allergenic to humans, and is free of heavy metals. The material can be recycled and some newer Corian products are made of at least 20% post-consumer recycled acrylics. Because Corian is a manufactured product, its qualities are integral. This means that the product is the same throughout and can thus be buffed and polished to restore its original beauty should the surface be damaged. This provides for an enhanced product lifespan and less waste. Corian has virtually no off-gassing VOCs and DuPont is working toward making the manufacturing of Corian a zero-waste process.