We recommend DuPont Corian® in the “solid surface” category of countertop materials. DuPont Corian®’s brand so totally dominates the category of “solid surface” that “Corian®” is practically the generic name for it. We recommend Corian® because of its aesthetics, performance characteristics, and competitive pricing. We purchase Corian® in sufficiently large quantities to offer you very competitive prices. Corian® installations come with a ten-year installed warranty backed by DuPont.
We offer the following answers to the question “why use Corian®?”
Seamless: Corian® seam when fabricated correctly are inconspicuous or invisible.
Integral sinks: Corian® offers a variety of integral sinks for kitchen and vanity tops that seam the sink to the top material for a totally seamless look.
Non-porous: Corian® is non-porous and is approved for food preparation by NSF.
Coved backsplashes: This is an option we always offer. Coved backslashes are fused to the countertop deck to become one piece with the work surface. There is fillet of Corian® between the horizontal and vertical which is “coved” or rounded. The net effect is a one piece seamless deck and splash, which will never open up and is incredibly easy to keep clean. This feature is one of the best reasons to purchase Corian® countertops.
Repairability: Corian® can almost always be repaired. We leave matching material at every installation which can be used to make repairs. In this sense, Corian® is a “forever” countertop.
Price: Corian® installs at a more competitive price versus stone or quartz.
Corian® disadvantages verus stone or quartz:
Hardness: Corian® is much softer that stone or quartz. Corian® will scratch more easily. In the lighter colors of Corian® small scratches are barely noticeably, but in the darker colors scratches appear light against a dark background. We do not recommend using dark colors Corian® in kitchen applications for that reason.
Heat resistance: Granite is much more heat resistant than Corian®. Quartz countertops are more heat resistant than Corian®.
We list other solid surface brands in the pull down menu. We fabricate all of them. We do not discourage you in any way from using them, especially if you find an aesthetic in one of them not found elsewhere. But all things being equal, you will find the other brands more expensive that the corresponding Corian® option unless your kitchen is an almost perfect layout for the other brands’ sheet sizes.
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