In today’s busy world, many householders understandably try to find aesthetically pleasing solutions for home improvements that involve straightforward installation and a minimum degree of maintenance.
When it comes to kitchen and bathroom worktops, householders sometimes opt for acrylic solutions such as Corian, believing them to be easier to install and look after than either traditional granite worktops or more modern quartz stone worktops.
The truth is however that acrylic worktops have significant quality drawbacks, whilst stone worktops are usually surprisingly easy to maintain.
Firstly, a great deal of care needs to be taken when using acrylic worktops as they are prone to scratching. Acrylic worktops are also more likely to chip or crack, particularly following repeated use in the kitchen. Granite worktops and quartz worktops however are usually sufficiently resilient to last years without incurring any signs of damage.
Secondly, acrylic worktops have been known to stain easily. Whilst it is true that granite worktops need sealing before use in order to minimise the possibility of liquid absorption and staining, modern stone worktops such as those made from Compac Quartz or Compac Marmol require no such treatment to maintain their impermeability.
Last but not least, many commentators agree that acrylics cannot compete aesthetically with either granite or quartz; whilst acrylics may have a similar colour and pattern, comparing the worktops side by side usually reveals acrylics to be far duller.
To cap it all, an acrylic such as Corian is not even usually much cheaper than quartz.