September 30, 2015 2 min read

It’s no surprise plastics are making their way into the kitchen more and more. Plastic is perhaps one of those most versatile materials on the planet, and it’s only getting better.  Corian is a solid-surface counter offered in almost any color you can think of. It is available everywhere and is a more affordable option than stone or wood. The non-porous and seamless nature of these surfaces have given people cause to consider plastics in the kitchen.

 

What are Corian or Solid Surface counters?

Corian is manufactured with a mixture of polymers resins, minerals and colorant. Corian can be used as counters, cabinets, backsplashes, sinks and more. The counters are made  into any shape and are lighter than stone, which makes them easy to install. The material is durable, nontoxic, nonallergenic and Greenguard Indoor Air-Quality Certified. When these solid-surface counters and glued together, seams can be sanded down to give the appearance of seamlessness. Likewise, scratches, scuffs, dents and burns can all be sanded out making this a repairable surface without having to call in the pro’s.

 

Colors

A man made item, solid-surface counters are available is a huge variety of color. From whites to brights, metallics and stone patterns. Solid surface is one of the few options you have for kitchens counters in perfect white. All solid-surface counters regardless of brand come with a matte finish and can’t be polished. For some this is a deal breaker.

 

Where?

Plastics is one of those amazing materials that can do pretty much anything. Today, Corian and other solid surface materials are primarily used as countertops. However, it is increasingly  used in sinks, backsplashes, wall panels, cabinet fronts, tables, shelves and more.

 

Maintenance

Solid surface counters are low maintenance. Since they are composed of polymer resin and are non porous, they do not require any sealants. Day to day cleaning is managed with soap and water. For residue build up and deep cleaning days, try products like Soft Scrub or other non abrasive cleaners.

These counters are durable but are not heat resistant. Do not put hot plates directly on the counter. They are softer than stone so be sure to use a cutting board to avoid knife marks. Fortunately, solid surface counters are repairable with a bit of filler and some sanding, but prevention is best.

 

Cost

Perhaps one of the most affordable options out there, solid-surface counters carry a price range of $50 to $100 per square foot installed. Price varies based on color, manufacturer and design.

 

 Pros Cons
Can always be repaired Not heat resistant
Non porous, no staining Can scratch and dent easily
Easy to clean Not always a natural look
Wide range of colors, including white Can't be polished to a glossy shine
Seamless or the appearance of
Available in many different profiles without sacrificing durability

Monica Banks
Monica Banks


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