Corian is an advanced composite of aluminium-tri-hydrate, pigments and acrylic resins (PMMA) developed as a practical solid surface material for residential and commercial applications. Corian offers design versatility, function and durability. Supplied in sheets and shapes, it can be fabricated with conventional woodworking tools into virtually any design. Corian is the original solid surface material made by DuPont.
What are the Characteristics
Resistant- Since its introduction in 1967, Corian® has proven itself to be a remarkably durable, versatile material that is easy to live with in both the home and commercial environments. It survives the impacts, nicks and cuts that can occur with daily wear and tear. Corian has been tested for its resistance to stains, UV rays, most acids and bullet penetration. These specific test results are available upon request.
Solid- Colours and patterns run through the entire thickness of the material and cannot wear away. Corian is a solid material and cannot delaminate.
Inconspicuous Joints- Joints can be glued inconspicuously, making virtually unlimited surfaces possible. Edges can be built to look thicker and long counters can be easily made in pieces in the workshop and inconspicuously joined together at the installation site.
Here are some of worktop styles and colours…
Hygienic – Because it is a non-porous material, bacteria and mould have nowhere to hide. When Corian® looks clean, it really is clean.
Repairable – Corian surfaces are renewable, meaning they can be fully restored with ordinary non-abrasive cleanser and a non-abrasive scouring pad. Cigarette burns, for example, can be easily removed in this way. Damage caused by abuse can usually be repaired. Repairability and durability make Corian® inherently eco-compatible.
Non-toxic – Corian is an inert, non-toxic, hypoallergenic material. Under normal temperature conditions it does not emit gases. Corian benefits from the flame-retardant characteristics of one of its main component (aluminium-tri-hydrate): the smoke is optically light and does not contain toxic halogenated gases. Because of these properties, Corian is used in public spaces and delicate applications such as airport check in desks, wall and work surfaces in hospital operating rooms and intensive-care facilities, and on cruise ships and ferries.
Translucent – The translucent Corian® look is especially striking in the lighter colours and the 6 mm sheets. Many designers have used it in the design of lamps. Light enhances the three-dimensional image of Corian®.
Workable like wood – Corian can be fabricated like hardwood, using similar tools. Most Corian fabricators were originally trained as carpenters.
Quality Network- DuPont manufactures sheets and shapes in Corian. To transform these semi-finished products into the designer creations, DuPont has developed a Quality Network of people who are dedicated to delivering the very best Corian installation and service. Their primary goal is to ensure customer satisfaction with Corian installations. The Quality Network members are also responsible for applying and fulfilling the 10-Year Limited Installed Warranty Program.
Hygiene- Wherever food is consumed, hygiene is not optional: it must be optimal. Corian is a material with a solid reputation in this area. Non-porous, with no visible seams, it is easy to keep clean. It is able to withstand the daily knocks and spills common in food service environments and, with normal care, it looks like new for many years. Bringing inviting, colourful aesthetics to cafes, bars, restaurants and canteens, Corian turns eating – that most primal of pleasures – into an even greater joy.
Translucent – The translucent Corian look is especially striking in the lighter colours and the 6 mm sheets. Many designers have used it in the design of lamps. Light enhances the three-dimensional image of Corian.
On installation, a Corian worktop will have an overall satin sheen finish. However, as you use it, Corian® eventually acquires a smoother, more silken finish. To ensure that this luster develops evenly, consult our cleaning guidelines included herein. You'll be pleased to see how Corian® maintains its beauty over time in our downloadable PDF >