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Work surfaces, why use Corian?

With innovative designs and an enduring colour palette, Corian will make all of your design aspirations come true. Achieve your dreams while still selecting a quality product that will stand up to whatever your life may throw at it. You can rest easy knowing you’ve picked a surface to last a lifetime!

What is Corian?

Created by a company called Dupont in 1967, Corian is a solid, non-porous surface material. Dr Donald Slocum was the Dupont Scientist who invented Corian and it’s his name that appeared on the patent in October 1968. Corian first came on sale in 1971 at the National Association of Home Builders exhibition in Houston, Texas. Visitors to the exhibition thought Corian was only a kitchen and bathroom material because it only came in one colour – White. Today, however, Corian has a vibrant range of 93 colours.

HOW IS CORIAN MADE?

Corian is made from a mixture of 1/3rd acrylic polymer and 2/3rd natural minerals and the main ingredient is Alumina Trihydrate. Derived from Bauxite Ore which is one of the main components in the manufacture of Aluminium. When you slice through a sheet of the finished material the cross-section cut shows a consistent colour. Particulate patterning is evenly distributed throughout the material and this is what gave rise to the phrase “Solid Surface”. Rather than explain the manufacturing process in detail here’s a short video (5.56 mins) which explains the process. The first minute or so explains the origin of Dupont and their start in manufacturing gunpowder after which it will give you some useful information on the Corian manufacturing process.

WHERE IS CORIAN MANUFACTURED?

The manufacturing facility responsible for the majority of Corian production is in Buffalo near New York where the Corian is then distributed to all across the USA. It is also distributed from Buffalo to Corian distributors globally. Manufacturing plants also operate in Turkey, South Korea and China producing a huge volume of Corian sheets in one continuous production line.

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF A CORIAN SHEET?

Standard dimensions of the 12mm sheets are 760 mm x 3680 mm, although Glacier White Corian is also available in a wider sheet measuring 910mm x 3680mm. In some select colours, they offer thinner sheets measuring 6mm x 760mm x 2490mm.

WHAT IS THERMOFORMING FOR CORIAN?

One of the fabulous features of Corian is that you can create almost any shape you want once it’s heated this process is called thermoforming. To create 2D and 3D items you first heat the Corian to the correct temperature in an oven and then place it on a metal or wooden mould at a controlled temperature. It is then “vacuum-packed” to hold the piece in the correct position until it sets hard. The Bas Relief technique also allows you to create embossing effects.

WHAT IS CORIAN USED FOR?

Most people think of Corian as a worktop for kitchens such as this beautiful curved and thermoformed example. It’s stunning…

However, Corian is much more versatile than that and here are some of the more common ones:

Kitchens
Bathrooms
Commercial Offices
Hygienic Healthcare Areas
Retail Outlets
Catering and Hospitality
Five Star Hotels
Stunning Furniture
Bright Lighting Solutions
External Cladding

FIVE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WITH ANSWERS


Clients regularly ask us these five common questions. And hopefully, the answers will help you.

Does Corian Scratch?
The answer is yes, particularly in darker colours where scratches are more visible than on a white surface. A Corian craftsman can usually remove the scratch by carefully sanding and polishing it out. With granite, you cannot remove scratches.

Is Corian Heat Proof?

Thermoforming allows Corian to become flexible. And when flexible it becomes pliable and easily moulded as we have already explained. Hot pans or burning cigarettes will leave a burn mark when left on a Corian surface for a long time. However, sanding the surface of the Corian can remove the stain. In really bad cases you can cut the damaged area out and replace it to match the existing. This is another great feature of Corian. If you are installing Corian in commercial kitchens you need to be careful how you do it. Before acting, we suggest calling us or calling your local Corian distributor for specification details.

Does Corian Stain?

Yes, it does stain. You can usually remove stains quite easily though. A simple combination of 1/3 bleach, 2/3 water can get rid of almost any stain.

How do you join Corian together?

Some of the workmanship we see by Corian fabricators who are not part of the Corian Quality Network is, to say the least, “amateur”. As they don’t know how to work with Corian properly all they do is glue sheets together. This looks terrible and usually results in the joints falling apart. The correct way of joining sheets or component parts together is to first create a “check” and “rebate” in the Corian. You then carefully sand and wipe down both sides with a clean lint-free cloth and ethanol solution to provide a clean surface. Next, you apply the adhesive under even pressure and leave the joint to set. The excess adhesive is removed from the surface and then polished with a sander, which leaves a strong and inconspicuous joint that is invisible to the naked eye.

Why Is Corian So Expensive?

Some people consider Corian to be expensive but not me, it’s worth every penny. The Corian product is robust that it lasts and if it is ever damaged it can be easily repaired by cutting out and replacing the damaged section. This is far more cost-effective than regularly replacing an entire section of inferior material. Better still you will not be able to see a join if the repair is carried out by a qualified Corian craftsman.

IS CORIAN PERFECT FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT?

Hopefully, I have answered your question “What Is Corian”… And now you know more about Corian you’re probably wondering if Corian is the perfect material for you to use in your home, the office or a commercial project. If you are looking for more information about Corian, then please get in touch.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you find the information useful.

Kirstie

Here are some more examples of its use.


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