What is a Corian Worktop?

Discover everything you need to know about Corian worktops, from their composition and benefits to installation and maintenance.


Corian worktops are a popular choice for homeowners and businesses alike, and they are known for their seamless appearance, durability, and versatility. As a leading provider of solid surface solutions, we at the Solid Surfacing Company offer an in-depth look at what makes Corian worktops an excellent choice for various applications. In this guide, we will explore the basics of Corian, its benefits, the installation process, and much more.

The Basics of Corian Worktops

Corian is a brand of solid surface material created by DuPont. It is renowned for its non-porous nature and seamless joins, making it an ideal choice for many kitchen and bathroom applications such as worktops, upstands, splashbacks, window sills, wall cladding, table tops and kitchen, bathroom and utility sinks. Unlike natural stone, Corian can be moulded and shaped to fit virtually any design, providing limitless aesthetic and functional benefits.

History and Development of Corian

DuPont developed Corian in 1967 as a high-performance material for countertops. Its innovative composition and versatility quickly gained popularity, leading to widespread use in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Over the years, DuPont has expanded its range of colours and patterns, allowing for greater customisation and design flexibility.

Materials and Composition

Corian is composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. This unique blend results in a durable, non-porous surface that resists stains and scratches. The adhesive is basically the liquid compound form of the material, meaning that when it sets and is sanded along with the rest of the material, the joins are no longer visible and are totally seamless to the touch. The material can be thermoformed into various shapes, creating custom edges, inlays, and integrated sinks. None of these features are possible with with traditional stone worktops like granite and quartz.

Benefits of Corian Worktops

One of the primary benefits of Corian worktops is their durability. They are resistant to everyday wear and tear, making them a long-lasting choice for busy kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, Corian worktops are versatile and available in a multitude of colours and decors to suit any design aesthetic. Hygiene is another significant advantage, as the non-porous surface prevents mould and bacteria growth, ensuring a clean and safe environment. Corian is available in any thickness ranging from 12mm to huge floor to ceiling applications, which adds to its versatility and aesthetic appeal, creating a sleek, innovative and modern looks in any space.

Common Uses of Corian Worktops

Corian worktops are widely used in kitchens, providing a durable and hygienic surface for food preparation. They are also popular in bathrooms, where their resistance to moisture and stains and ability to replace tiles for seamless shower cladding makes them an ideal choice for vanity tops and shower walls without the need for messy grout or silicone seals everywhere. In commercial settings, Corian is often used for reception desks, countertops, server counters, tillpoints and other high-traffic areas due to its robustness and ease of maintenance. You will always find Corian at your local hospital or dental practice, because it is one of the most hygienic surfaces available on the market.

Design Options and Customisation

The design options with Corian are virtually limitless. Homeowners and designers can choose from a huge selection of colours and patterns to match their style preferences. Custom edges, thicknesses, and inlays can be created to add unique design elements to the worktop. Integrated sinks and splashbacks offer a seamless transition between surfaces, enhancing the worktop's functionality and appearance.

Installation Process

The installation of Corian worktops involves several steps, and it is advised that the work is carried out by professionals like Solid surfacing company. Firstly, the area must be measured and templated to ensure a perfect fit upon fabrication. Next, a CAD drawing is typically issued following the site survey/ template, where all detail is shown and sent to the client for their approval. After approval, the worktops are fabricated to the choices and requirements of the client, and then installation takes place when it is ready. Installation usually needs to be carried out by a professional, particularly if there are joins in the work surface that need to be sanded out. Installlation of a typical kitchen takes one day for a team of two and includes sanding to a complete finish after installation.

Care and Maintenance of Corian Worktops

Maintaining a Corian worktop is straightforward. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water keeps the surface looking new. A non-abrasive cleaner can be used for tougher stains. If the worktop becomes scratched or damaged, it can often be repaired on-site, restoring it to its original condition. Preventative measures like cutting boards and trivets can help protect the surface from damage.

Corian vs Other Worktop Materials

Corian stands out for its seamless appearance and customisation options compared to other worktop materials such as quartz, granite, and laminate. Corian can be thermoformed to create unique shapes and integrated features, unlike quartz and granite. While laminate, quartz and granite are often more affordable, they do not offer the same durability and aesthetic appeal as Corian.

Cost Considerations

The initial investment in a Corian worktop may be higher than that in some other materials, but the long-term value is significant. Corian's durability, ease of maintenance, and timeless appeal make it a cost-effective choice in the long run. Investing in a high-quality worktop can enhance the value of your property and provide years of reliable use.

Sustainability and Environmental Impact

Corian is an eco-friendly material that contributes to sustainable building practices. It is recyclable, and DuPont offers programs to repurpose and recycle Corian materials. Additionally, Corian surfaces can contribute to LEED certification for green building projects, making them an environmentally responsible choice.

Customer Testimonials and Case Studies

Our clients consistently praise Corian worktops for their beauty, durability, and ease of maintenance. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, from residential kitchen renovations to large-scale commercial projects. Our case studies highlight Corian worktops' successful installation and long-term performance in various settings.

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