What is a Corian Worktop?
Corian® is the registered brand name for a range of stylish solid surface worktops matching, and even outdoing, the sophisticated qualities and appearance of solid marble and granite. Corian was the world’s first man-made solid surface worktop, developed in the 1960s, the era of moon landings and the Beatles! All solid surface worktops were derived from that patent by DuPont, but thanks to the astonishing technological development of the 21st century, we produce far superior products today.
What is a Corian worktop made from?
Corian is manufactured from the highest quality natural minerals, including top grade marble and granite and other natural stone. For the more technically-minded, the raw minerals also include only the best quality Bauxite crystallites such as Gibbsite, Bayerite, Doyleite and Nordstrandite, which are sourced from the top quarries around the world. Bauxite is the main ore from which aluminium is extracted.
These minerals are pulverised and then, through a highly specialised process, are reconstituted and strengthened by adding acrylic polymer resin, giving it the same elegant appearance, but even greater flexibility, elasticity and resilience than natural marble or granite.
Corian consists of about 66% natural minerals and 34% acrylic polymer resin.
How does a Corian worktop differ from a Natural Stone worktop?
Corian worktops are solid, non-porous surfaces that emulate, and even improve, the natural beauty, quality and chic atmosphere of marble, granite or other polished stone.
In addition, it is available in a huge variety of colours and textures and can be shaped, engraved and seamlessly joined in ways not possible with the natural stone worktops. This provides far greater design possibilities, as well as a much greater degree of hygiene.
Because of its greater resilience and flexibility, it can be fitted in longer lengths than solid stone in its natural state. The manufacturing process makes Corian worktops much more resistant to scratches and stains they are therefore also easier to clean and repair than solid stone.
Heavy stains and scratches can be erased without a trace simply by rubbing with household cleaner
Proven to be remarkably durable, a versatile material that is easy to live with in both domestic and commercial environments
Bacteria and mould have nowhere to take root. When it looks clean, it really is clean
Inconspicuous seams result in a smooth surface that enables you to create large designs fashioned from a single element
Easy to Clean
With a non-porous surface that prevents dirt and stains from penetrating the material.
Can Corian worktops only be used in the kitchen?
Corian worktops are eminently suited as worktops in elegant kitchens, bathrooms and serving areas, because of the countless benefits over virtually any other surface.
However, Corian can be used very effectively for virtually any other room as high-end wall cladding and even flooring, to either create the effect of marble or granite, or in a range of scores of different bright pigmented colours to emulate polished stone.
Because of its solid, non-porous quality, it has also been approved by health authorities for use in highly sterile areas such as hospitals, surgeries and laboratories. Because it is so easy to keep clean and to maintain high levels of hygiene, it is also frequently used in sensitive areas where germs can easily be spread, such as airport and hotel check-in counters.
Can Corian worktops only be used in traditional designs?
Corian worktops are incredibly versatile with endless design possibilities, allowing you to create anything from a traditional, to rustic, elegantly sleek, modern, or high-tech kitchen, because it offers an almost infinite combination of shapes, colours, patterns and textures.
By a special heating process, it can be shaped, joined and formed into a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional shapes and products. This allows you to create special effects in your bar area, lounge, dining room, office, boardroom, bathroom, changing room, reception room – in fact anywhere where people congregate!
When should you use Corian worktops?
Whenever you are looking for the best quality solid surface worktops, or other surfaces, giving you personalised design possibilities unmatched by any other material, high levels of hygiene, strength, durability and ease of cleaning.
Corian worktops can be combined with countless combinations of upstands, splashbacks, downturns, wall cladding, overhangs, edgings, return ends and cut-outs for integrated sinks, bowls and cooking tops for a one-of-a-kind design.
Add to this the extensive range of colours, patterns and textures, topped by the fact that Corian worktops can also be engraved, and you have the ability to create unique designs and to personalise your kitchen or bathroom.