No. Corian® is composed for one third of transparent acrylic resin (poly(methyl methacrylate) PMMA) and two thirds natural minerals. The principal among these latter is alumina trihydrate (ATH), a white powder derived from bauxite, the mineral from which aluminium is extracted. It is a mineral material in powder form held together by an acrylic resin.
No. Corian® is colour stable and non-photosensitive. This is because it contains an acrylic binding agent that does not turn yellow. However, some materials that imitate Corian® do turn yellow if exposed to light owing to their different composition.
No. It is a non-toxic material that creates no problems with dust or harmful emissions. Even when it is worked, vacuum systems attached to equipment minimise concentrations of dust.
Yes, using acrylic paints from NCS and RAL colour palettes.
Owing to the processes involved in their fabrication, wash basins and bathtubs can only be painted externally; for the same reason, only the panels of vanity cabinets and not the top are painted.
Corian® is produced with an opaque finish and provided with this finish to fabricators belonging to the Corian® Quality Network. After cutting and shaping it to create a workable surface, they supply it for installation with the same finish. Continue reading Can Corian® be polished?
It is possible to thermoform Corian® in Glacier White, creating a fold with a minimum radius of 50 mm, using a mould and a counter mould. While dark colours of Corian® can be thermoformed, this creates a light area along the fold line whose appearance needs to be considered in relation to the desired result. Textured surfaces, such as coarse grain dots, instead, are damaged during the heating phase; before undertaking a project that involves thermoforming, we suggest getting in touch with us to discuss the details.
Corian® is a unique solid surface. As hard as stone and as malleable as wood, it technically surpasses both materials for its thermoformability and invisible joints. Continue reading What are the differences between Corian® and mineralmarble gelcoat?
Marble and granite kitchen countertops are subjected to an anti-stain treatment to protect them against the penetration of liquids. Kneading on a marble or granite surface is not hygienic because Continue reading Between Corian® and granite, which material is more suited for the kitchen countertop?
Quartz is a mineral material in coloured granules held together by acrylic or polyester resins. It is rigid, heavy, impossible to repair or restore. Joints are always visible.
Corian®, instead, is a compact material, held together by acrylic resins. It is simultaneously flexible and rigid, allows for invisible joints and can be repaired if damaged. The number of possible joints is almost infinite.
Yes. The Corian® colour palette also contains dark colours, though not all are recommended for countertops or surfaces subject to intense wear because they are sensitive to dragging and tend to scratch easily. Solid dark colours or marble- or stone-effect textures are instead useful as surfaces and cladding.
Corian® can be purchased from kitchen retailers or cabinet makers, if the order includes the kitchen, or directly from a fabricator when all you need to do is substitute the countertop. For the bathroom, retailers of bathroom fixtures are the ideal reference for purchasing a washbasin, shower tray or bathtub. Reception desks and cladding for bar counters can be purchased directly from a Corian® fabricator or from the cabinet maker providing the rest of the furnishings.
It can happen that a kitchen sink or countertop can be damaged by a particularly violent impact, or that chips or cracks appear in the surface or a burn mark when a hot pot is inadvertently left on the counter. What should you do in similar situations? Continue reading What do I do if Corian® becomes chipped, cracked or burned?
For cleaning kitchen sinks we recommend using an abrasive Scotch-Brite sponge and a limescale remover such as Viakal (or simple white wine vinegar) to remove calcium build-up on the sink bottom. Continue reading How can I remove limescale stains from a Corian® sink?
Yes. The cracks around the opening in the countertop near the hob are caused by excessive heat (we do not recommend gas hobs) Continue reading Cracks around your cooking hob in a Corian® countertop: can they be repaired?
This is generally done by the plumbing contractor installing the other elements in a bathroom. Planit offers plumbing contractors and installers a free technical information service.
Yes, so long as the installation surface is perfectly level. If this is not the case, it must be levelled using an appropriate product.
Corian® panels are branded on the underside and edge with a serial number and DuPont™ logo. After the material has been worked, it can be difficult to find these markings, though every original product is accompanied by documentation demonstrating its authenticity.