Of all the synthetic alternatives to quartz and granite worktops, those made from corian are sometimes touted as coming close to solid stone in terms of quality and attractiveness. Yet merely because corian worktops sometimes turn out to be slightly cheaper than granite or quartz are they really serious contenders?
Firstly, it should be noted that granite has been used for centuries as one of the toughest construction materials. Quartz worktops, meanwhile, are produced from resin-enhanced engineered quartz stoneware such as Compac Quartz, and thus share the resilience and durability of granite.
In this way, granite and quartz offer superiority over synthetic substances such as corian in terms of heat resistance, scratch resistance, and durability. Some commentators have often observed scratches, marks, and heat melt signs on corian surfaces, but quartz and granite worktops generally remain blemish-free for years.
Even those who point to corian’s supposed superiority over less resilient and more porous stone such as marble, acknowledge that resin-enhanced marble stoneware such as Compac Marmol, offers a similar level of protection to granite and quartz.
Secondly, corian, despite being synthetic, is actually no easier to install than quartz or granite, and professionals will still have to be called in to make sure the job is carried out properly.
Finally, at the end of the day corian is of course nothing more than expensive plastic. As such corian worktops cannot hope to provide the same warmth and feel as granite or quartz stone worktops, and will almost certainly have less success in adding to a property’s value.