What are Corian® Countertops?

Sheri Cyprus
Sheri Cyprus
Sandpaper can be used to remove scratches in Corian®.
Sandpaper can be used to remove scratches in Corian®.

Corian® is a registered brand of the company, DuPont. Corian® is the most popular brand of solid surface countertops. A solid surface countertop is created by mixing materials from natural sources with plastics, or polymers. The blend is placed into molds that form sheets. The sheets of Corian® countertops can be cut to fit any bathroom or kitchen.

Dupont introduced Corian® in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Corian® countertops are still considered a good selling point for real estate today as they are very durable and attractive. There are many finishes, colors and patterns of Corian® available. The natural looks of stone are especially popular. Some stone patterns are very light and subtle while other Corian® stone countertop patterns are darker and feature bolder design elements.

Countertops such as Corian® do have a softer surface than other countertop materials. The softer surface helps keep dishes from breaking when dropped on the Corian countertops, but this type of countertop may also dent or scratch easily. Scratches in Corian® may be able to be removed with sandpaper, but may leave an uneven surface. Dents are usually permanent. Damage is most noticeable in darker colors of Corian® countertops, but some worn surfaces might be able to be renewed.

Unlike natural stone countertops, a Corian® countertop is non-porous so it doesn't absorb stains as easily. This means sealing is not required. Sealing is needed with most natural stone countertops to slow down the effects of stains. Corian® countertops are easy to care for and can even handle some abrasive cleaners. They are not heat resistant though, so hot cookware should never be placed directly on Corian® or other soft surface countertops.

Corian® countertop finishes include matte, semi-gloss and high-gloss. Matte is probably the most popular finish. Installation of Corian® countertops by professionals usually takes one day. Many different techniques such as sandblasting and carving can be applied to soft surface countertops.

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    • Sandpaper can be used to remove scratches in Corian®.
      Sandpaper can be used to remove scratches in Corian®.