What Is Corian? These Are The Things You Should Know about it!

Simone Orlik Simone Orlik
Alsemberg, ZR-architects ZR-architects Modern Living Room
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CORIAN® is a blend of natural minerals and pure acrylic resin that was developed by the DuPont company more than 40 years ago. Corian consists of 2/3 gibbsite, a modification of aluminium hydroxide obtained from bauxite, and 1/3 polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). The material is coloured throughout or contains colour pigments in a speckled look and is available in many different shades. It was developed, for example, for solid surfaces such as worktops, table tops, sinks or bathtubs. Architects value it as facade cladding or furniture. Further advantages of the material for domestic use: It can be shaped during the production phase, is impact-resistant, non-porous, easy to clean and particularly durable.

Various possible uses of Corian

The product properties described as well as the countless designs of the Corian surface make the material so popular and versatile. For these reasons, the Corian material is ideal for use in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and other rooms and always creates a special eye-catcher.

A Corian worktop—like in this kitchen—looks attractive and modern. It is also quick to clean and overall very easy to care for. We love a Corian sink because of the same advantages. No matter whether you prefer a plain or speckled surface: different Corian colours have long convinced us.

Take a look at our furnishing and design tips for Corian below and get inspired.

1. The look back

If we go back a little, we can say that the first developments of the Corian product go back to 1963, and it was launched on the market in 1967. Two years later, series production of Corian panels began at the DuPont Yerke factory in Buffalo. In 1970 new developments came onto the market. Corian now becomes harder and more resistant to acids. In addition, the material is becoming more and more translucent in its lighter tones, making it a popular material for lamps today. The first shaped objects were manufactured in 1974, and in 1981 the invisible joint adhesives appeared, allowing the Corian to have a seamless appearance. Since 2007 there has been a palette of over 100 colors that can be used either alone or in combination with other colours. Today it is a material loved and widely used by architects and designers.

2. Characteristics of the material

- The pieces made in Corian are connected with a special adhesive that visually makes the joints disappear. This means that large objects in particular, such as worktops or facade elements, have a uniform and calm appearance.

- Corian is non-porous and minor damage can be removed by rubbing with an abrasive cleaner or light sanding.

- In the event of a fire, the resulting fire gases are non-toxic.

- Certain colours appear translucent. This allows it to be used, for example, in lamps and novel designs of illuminated furniture or other decorative elements.

- Corian is waterproof and antibacterial, making it a good choice for areas that require high levels of hygiene, such as hospitals, laboratories or toilets.

3. Disadvantages

Like every product, Corian also has its advantages as well as its disadvantages. The first thing to mention here is the cost of the material. However, Corian is so durable and long-lasting that longevity would have to be offset against this factor. But there are also some other disadvantages to be mentioned:

- Corian is said to be able to withstand high temperatures of up to 205º Celsius. But the proximity to very hot ovens or stoves, for example in the kitchen, should be viewed critically. Tip: Always use a heat protection pad on the material for hot cooking pots and the like. And never pour hot liquids into a Corian sink. Because they can also damage the material.

- Corian looks a little like marble, but it has a relative sensitivity to scratches. Its hardness corresponds to that of hardwood and is therefore inferior to that of stone or granite. Compared to wood, which has a special patina with a used look due to a few scratches, Corian sometimes no longer looks quite perfect. Never cut vegetables or fruit directly on the surface, always use a surface.

- Corian remains sensitive to chemicals such as acetone and other solvents even as the material is further developed. Caution is advised here. If you accidentally spill chemicals, wipe them up immediately and clean the surface thoroughly.

4. Care and Maintenance

Maintenance of furniture constructed with this material is minimal because Corian is non-porous, resists stains well, and is easy to clean. As a rule, if the area is used heavily, for example around tables or worktops, it is sufficient to wipe them clean with a damp cloth and normal cleaner. Because it is pore-free, bacteria have no chance to multiply, making Corian ideal for use in bathrooms or operating rooms, for example.

5. The cost of Corian

The costs of Corian cannot be quantified in general terms. The areas of application and the variety of shapes and colours are far too different for that. For Corian furniture, for example, the price varies depending on whether the furniture was recently manufactured or has special curves or recesses. Nevertheless, the costs are significantly higher than the materials commonly used in these areas. However, the material is very durable and the guarantee is ten years.

6. Corian in the kitchen

In a contemporary kitchen, the different surfaces can be spectacularly designed with Corian. The colours and different models you can choose from are incredibly diverse. The material can be easily combined with the design of tile backsplashes or cladding chosen for walls and floors.

Be careful when planning. The material should not come into close contact with hot temperatures. That's why it is necessary in the area of a stove that the stove top is large enough for the pots and pans used. Pans that extend over a plate onto the Corian worktop could damage and deform the material.

7. Corian in the bathroom

Corian is produced both in the form of panels for the bathroom and in pre-formed parts. To make the panels, the mixture of aluminium and resin is poured onto a moving steel belt. Once the mixture has cooled, worktops for the bathroom can be cut into standard commercial sizes. The usual thicknesses of the material are six and 12 millimetres.

Whether it's vanity tops, entire sinks, bathtubs and shower trays—all of this can be achieved with Corian. In addition to rectangular shapes, there are also round or oval models. The actual installation is no different from a usual ceramic or glass sink.

8. Corian in the living room

Interior walls or furnishings in the living room can also be created with Corian, as we can see in the example of the sofa, which was designed with a base made of Corian and now only comfortable cushions need to be placed.

Tip: One of the new developments relates to the topic of “smart home” because the Corian panels for tables, bars or worktops can be equipped so that smartphones can only be charged by placing them on the panel. The electricity is safely conducted upwards from a charging unit under the plate, where wireless charging takes place.

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