Understanding Corian Countertops

In 1967 a technician at Dupont invented a new mixture that was later named Corian. The solid blend was perfect for countertops because it was made from two parts of crushed minerals and one part acrylic resin PMMA. The resulting homogeneous product resulted in a beautiful material that was hard, non-porous and heat resistant. Custom Corian countertops are the result of that experiment.


Although the hard mixture was originally intended for home remodeling and construction projects, there were only a few shades of neutral colors available. As the product became more popular, more colors and patterns of Corian became available. Today there are over a hundred patterns and colors to choose from, including some that look like marble and granite. Since the surface of Corian is easy to care for, dense and eco-friendly, many homeowners prefer the granite imitation over the natural rock.


Some changes took place in the production of Corian that moved it from private home countertops and vanities to the public platform. Labs and hospitals soon discovered the hygienic property of the hard surface. The strength and impervious nature of the rock-like material lent its use to include medical testing facilities, food preparation companies, health care organizations and chemical laboratories because the surface is easy to clean and does not allow the growth of fungi or bacteria.


There is homogeneous particulate distribution and even color in every cross-section of any Corian material. That means the fabric is perfect for matching and sealing the product with epoxy adhesive. Although the countertop is vulnerable to scratches and knife cuts, the imperfections can be sanded out quite easily. Care should also be taken to avoid scorching the Corian with hot metal objects.


With so many colors and patterns to choose from when looking at Corian, it is no wonder they are popular. The popularity may also be because the countertop seams are nearly invisible when the units are professionally installed. Give your nearest fabrication center a call today to find out which of the Corian patterns you like best.