Corian Countertop Cost Guide
Corian Solid Surface is a registered brand of material 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 in residential and commercial kitchens. Acrylics are molded into sheets during the manufacturing process of Corian. The acrylic sheets are then bonded to fiberboard or chipboard and prepared for installation.
- The average minimum cost of Corian countertops is $41.83 per square foot.
- The average maximum cost of Corian countertops is $64.36 per square foot.
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 square foot of countertop that is cut and fastened and anchored to the cabinetry. Installation of Corian countertops is a relatively easy process, compared to the installation of countertops made from other materials. The average hourly cost of labor for installing a Corian countertop is $72.90. If the installation job 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 to the greater amount of time involved. Exposed finished edges that amount to greater than 60 percent 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.
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 is installed. Adhesives are also used to allow additional Corian to be attached to the finished edges. Joints between finished and sculpted edges and the flat surfaces are typically filled with an acrylic epoxy glue. The glue dries clear to provide a finish that appears seamless.
DuPont manufactures many different lines of Corian countertops. Each of these lines focuses on a color or pattern strategy. 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 is designed with a random pattern of flecks of color. The complex non-repeating patterns are unique to this product line.
- Corian Terra Collection: This type of Corian countertop is created with 6 to 22 percent recycled plastics.
- Corian Illumination Series: Designed as a semi-transparent material, this Corian is created for use with backlighting.
- Corian Metallics Series: 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.
While Corian does not come in grades, it is produced by DuPont in a range of thicknesses. The thicker the material, the more costly it is. The thickest Corian is more durable and resistant to damage while the thinnest type is the most affordable. The available thicknesses of Corian include .25, .5 and .75 inches. 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 is 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 that are 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 as long as it is 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. Because epoxy is used in the joints, Corian appears seamless. The color pattern of Corian runs through its entire thickness. The surface of scratched Corian counters can be restored by using an orbital sander or a scouring pad to buff out the mars. 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 flame. It can be scratched by kitchen utensils. Food should not be chopped directly on the surface of Corian countertops; instead, a cutting board should be used. Hot pans should not be transferred from the stovetop or oven directly to the Corian counter. A trivet should always be placed between the Corian and the cookware. If water is allowed to pool on the surface of a Corian countertop, the material can become dull. Careful 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 professional in order for the manufacturer's warranty to be conferred to the homeowner. Most people can distinguish Corian from the materials it is meant to mimic. As a product of plastics, it is not considered to be an environmentally friendly or sustainable material.
Last updated on May 23, 2016
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