Corian Countertop Cost Guide
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Corian is a registered brand created by the DuPont Company in 1967. Commonly referred to simply as Corian, this material looks like polished stone and comes in a wide variety of colors to match existing flooring and cabinetry.
See why Corian is a popular countertop material and its costs. Then, be sure to connect with local remodeling contractors who can install Corian in your bathroom or kitchen.
Table of Contents
- Average Cost Of Corian Countertops
- What Are Corian Countertops?
- Corian Compared To Other Countertop Materials
- Corian Materials
- Corian Types
- Corian Grades
- Corian Brands
- Advantages Of Corian Countertops
- Disadvantages Of Corian Countertops
- How To Clean Corian Countertops
- Corian Repairs
- DIY Corian Repairs
- DuPont Corian Countertop Warranty
- Find A Corian Countertop Contractor
Average Cost Of Corian Countertops
Corian countertops are considered pretty inexpensive compared to other solid surface materials. It’s an affordable option if you’re looking for a durable surface that will stand the test of time.
- The average minimum cost of Corian countertops is $41.83/sf.
- The average maximum cost of Corian countertops is $64.36/sf.
In addition to the cost of the Corian itself, there are some other expenses related to the installation of these countertops. It costs an average of $1.15 per/sf of countertop that is cut, fastened and anchored to the cabinetry. Installation of Corian countertops is a relatively easy process, compared to other countertop installations.
Professional countertop contractors charge roughly $72.90 per hour to install. For professionally-installed Corian countertops, expect to pay around $3,500 for the total cost. That is including the cost of the material, labor and time.
If the installation requires more than two seams or includes complex designs, patterns or cuts to make room for sinks and fixtures, the labor costs will be higher due added time and effort. Exposed finished edges that amount to greater than 60% of the surface area also add to the overall project cost. If old countertops must be removed by the workers, this also adds to the cost and timeline of the project.
What Are Corian Countertops?
Corian is a crossover of laminate and granite. This solid surface is manufactured by blending acrylic (plastic) and stone materials. The mixture of acrylic and stone materials is poured into molds that make the various graded sheets.
Corian countertops are made by DuPont, who also manufacture zodiac quartz countertops. DuPont has been in business for around 200 years serving a wide variety of markets.
Corian Compared To Other Countertop Materials
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- Durable surface
- Smooth surface
- Seamless integration of countertop, sink and backsplash
- Easy to clean
- Easy to repair and buff out scratches
- Wide variety of color, pattern and material options
- Needs proper maintenance
- Not heat resistant
- Very durable
- Resistant to heat
- Resistant to acid
- Variety of colors and styles
- Easiest countertop surface to install
- Great for chopping, cutting and prepping food
- Gentle on dishes and delicate tableware
- Not heat resistant
- Can be dented, scratched and stained
- Smooth surface
- Won’t chip or dent
- Heat resistant
- Variety of colors and patterns
- Very durable
- Won’t scratch
- Resistant to stains
- Resistant to heat and water if sealed
- High re-sale value
- Variety of colors
- Needs to be resealed once a year
- Beautiful finish
- Forgiving solid surface
- Doesn’t chip as easily as granite
- Resilient to bacteria
- 15-year warranty from most suppliers
- Smooth surface
- Resistant to acids
- Somewhat resistant to stains and scratches
- Needs regular maintenance
Corian was originally designed as a so-called space-age material. As an acrylic epoxy, it is impermeable and does not require any sealing. Adhesives are used to adhere the sheets of Corian to the substrate underneath before it’s installed. Adhesives are also used to attach additional Corian to the finished edges.
Corian can also be molded into any shape or curve using a technology called “thermoforming,” which heats the material to a specific temperature. The heat allows the manufacturer to shape and mold the Corian. As such, this allows for endless possibilities when it comes to different countertop designs and patterns.
Joints between sculpted edge (where the backsplash meet the countertop) and the flat surfaces are typically filled with an acrylic epoxy glue. The glue dries clearly to provide a finish that appears seamless. This is a clear advantage of using Corian countertops or solid surface countertops. The materials and system used to install the sections of the countertops will result in a seamless look.
DuPont manufactures many different lines of Corian countertops. Each lines focuses on a color or pattern strategy. DuPont now offers over 100 Corian countertop colors that accompany a wide variety of textures and designs. The company regularly updates colors and patterns to reflect trends in design. The current lines in production include:
- Corian Private Collection: This solid surface countertop is designed to mimic the look of cultured marble and quartz materials. It’s designed with a random pattern of flecks of color. The complex non-repeating patterns are unique to this product line. This collection ranges in colors of Sea Foam, Witch Hazel, Whipped Cream, Clam Shell, Sandalwood, Tumbleweed, Ecru and Saffron.
- Corian Terra Collection: This collection features earthy colors such as Antarctica, Sahara, Mojave, Matterhorn and Pine. This Corian countertop is created with 6%-22% recycled plastics.
- Corian Illumination Series: Designed as a semi-transparent material, this Corian is created to use with backlighting or undercabinet lighting. This collection sticks to the semi-transparent theme with colors such as Arctic Ice, Glacier Ice and Mint Ice.
- Corian Metallics Series: In this series, you can find colors like Bronzite, Sorrel, Aqualite, Silvertie and Graylite. This material features colored flecks including gold or silver. When viewed from an angle or in bright light, the metallic colors add depth and movement to the material.
- Martha Stewart Living Collection: This product line features color combinations designed by Martha Stewart. It focuses on neutral colors such as shades of gray and brown.
- Corian DeepColor Technology: This newest product line focuses on darker colors and a more scratch-resistant finish. Color choices are Deep Anthracite, Deep Night Sky, Deep Caviar, Deep Storm and many more.
While Corian does not come in grades, it’s produced by DuPont in a range of thicknesses. The thicker the material, the costlier it is. The thickest Corian is more durable and resistant to damage while the thinnest Corian is the most affordable.
Corian thicknesses include .25”, .5” and .75”. The thicker the slab of Corian, the more durable it is for heavy use. On occasion, when a lot of Corian does not meet color or pattern specifications, it’s deemed as a "Select Grade" and is discounted to retailers.
DuPont is the only manufacturer of Corian countertops. This material is widely available through home improvement retailers as well as home remodeling and supply companies. Other companies have created similar types of countertops, also created from acrylics. However, DuPont retains the Corian branding and holds a patent on the product.
Advantages Of Corian Countertops
- Corian is made in the USA.
- DuPont provides a manufacturer's warranty for 10 years for all Corian countertop installations if it’s installed by a factory-certified company.
- Corian is non-porous and therefore highly hygienic and easy to clean.
- Corian is resistant to most food stains.
- With proper cleaning, Corian is resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria.
- Because epoxy is used in the joints, Corian appears seamless.
- The color pattern of Corian runs through its entire thickness.
- Corian is resistant to heat up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The price of Corian is comparable to other popular choices in countertop materials, including recycled glass countertops, granite, quartz, stainless steel and engineered stone.
- Because Corian is weather-resistant, it can be used for outdoor countertops as well.
- The array of colors, textures and patterns of Corian is vast and matches any style of kitchen.
Disadvantages Of Corian Countertops
- Corian is a plastic and can be scorched from heat and burned by a flame.
- Corian can be scratched by kitchen utensils.
- Hot pans should not be transferred from the stovetop or oven directly to a Corian counter.
- If water pools on the surface of a Corian countertop, the material can become dull.
- Cleaning with either an ammonia solution or a soap solution is required to maintain the surface’s shiny finish.
- Corian must be installed by a contractor for the manufacturer's warranty to cover any damages.
- Most people can distinguish Corian from the materials it is meant to mimic.
- As a product of plastics, it’s not considered to be an environmentally friendly or sustainable material.
How To Clean Corian Countertops
Cleaning Corian countertops is extremely easy, and is another advantage of using Corian in your home. All you need is soap and hot water. You can also use a mild bleach solution and nonabrasive cleaners. The one cleaning solution you shouldn’t use is abrasive cleaning pads or window cleaners. Both will leave a waxy buildup, can discolor your surface and remove any sheen your counters have.
If you’re looking for more cleaning solutions, see our tips to keeping your countertops clean.
Most countertops, such as ceramic or laminate, will expose a different color inside the slab if scratched or dented. Not with DuPont Corian countertops. The material is the same color and texture all the way through the slab. This means that any Corian countertop can easily be resurfaced for any scratch, dent, scorch or stain. If any serious damages do happen, it’s relatively inexpensive to fix, with the average cost to repair countertops around $340.
Corian countertops are not heat resistant and can scorch easily if hot pots are placed directly on the surface. Corian is resistant to heat up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure you place hot pads or other surface protectors between your hot pans and the countertop. Sometimes, the scorch from the heat can be so harsh that the countertop will be beyond repair.
DIY Corian Repairs
Most repairs will be from minor mistakes such as scratches, blotches or stains. These can be repaired by any homeowner and only require common household items. For most of these minor damages, hot soapy water will do the trick, but for damages like scratches, soapy water will not suffice.
Scratches are common and typically come from normal wear and tear. Corian countertops are softer surfaces, which help keep your dishes from breaking when dropped, but can be scratched if used improperly. Never cut or chop directly on Corian countertops. Always use a cutting board to prevent deep scratches that might be harder to repair yourself. If a minor scratch appears, don’t fret, the scratched Corian counter can be restored by using an orbital sander or a scouring pad to buff out the mars.
Insider tip, lighter Corian countertops are great options to minimize the perception of a scratch. Darker color Corian can make scratches and blotches more visible.
DuPont Corian Countertop Warranty
All Corian countertops come with a 10-year limited warranty from DuPont. There will also be a separate warranty from whoever installs your Corian surface, in case of any problems. Installer warranties will be different depending on their policies and rules.
The key word in DuPont’s warranty is “limited,” which is why it’s important to read the fine print. DuPont’s warranty says that they will not cover any damages caused by mishandling, misuse, heat damage, physical abuse, chemical damage or weather conditions/acts of nature. They will not cover any damages done by improper cleaning materials either. Damages such as “heat or chemical damage” and “physical abuse” are also worth noting, because these are often everyday damages that can be avoided with proper use and maintenance.
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Last updated on Apr 28, 2017