Corian vs Granite: the Great Debate May 16 2016, 0 Comments

In the ongoing battle between man and nature, there is one recurring theme that frequently crops up in homes across the nation: Corian vs granite. If you're having trouble deciding (or agreeing) on whether to go with a man-made, or natural stone surface for your kitchen or bathroom, weigh the pros and cons of each carefully, as the choice you make will affect your level of satisfaction, and the cost, maintenance routine, and return on your investment.

The History of Corian

Around 50 years ago, DuPont invented the first solid surface material, made by blending together acrylic, natural minerals and pigments, known from that moment on, as Corian. While most commonly thought of as a countertop material, it can also be used to make furniture, lighting, and other items, and can be molded into almost any shape or size.

The Hard Truth About Granite

When molten rock solidifies, igneous rock is formed: the most well known igneous rock today is granite, easily recognizable in homes across the country as a natural stone with many applications, ranging from flooring to countertops. Granite is hard enough to resist most abrasive materials, and strong enough to withstand a significant amount of weight, making it desirable for every day use, though its biggest selling feature is its beauty.

Corian vs Granite

There are many factors to consider in the Corian vs granite debate, including:

  • Cost - This one is hard to measure, as it's impossible to make an exact comparison between the two materials. Both come in a variety of colors and finishes that can affect the price, as can the cost of installation. There are exotic granites that can push your renovation budget beyond its limits, while others are on par or even less than a high grade Corian.
  • Durability - Both materials are durable, but here is where Corian may have a slight edge. Granite is susceptible to cracking more easily, and loses some of its strength along any seams on a longer installation, where as Corian is custom molded in to one continuous piece. Granite needs to be periodically sealed as well, in order to resist staining and make cleaning a breeze; if Corian should become stained, these can usually be buffed out. Corian is more apt to scratch than granite, though care should be taken with both to avoid direct contact with abrasive objects or knives; scratches can also be buffed out, though it should be noted that due to the thickness of the material, sections of Corian that have been repeatedly buffed, or deeply scratched may appear different than the rest of the countertop.
  • Degree of Maintenance - Daily cleaning is required for both, and neither is particularly high-maintenance; the key to keeping either material looking new is proper knowledge, and the right cleaning products and materials.
  • Resale Value - The depth of color, and the luster and richness of natural stone makes granite the clear winner in the debate between Corian vs granite, hands down, with granite being the most sought after finish in both new and resale homes today.
  • Color Selection - Corian is available in hundreds of different colors, some mimicking those found in nature; with granite, they're all found in nature.

If you have further questions about the natural or man-made surfaces in your home, feel free to call 561-994-4668 to speak to myself or someone on our team. You can also email me directly at kevin@marblekareproducts.com, and I'd also encourage you to download our free Granite Care Guide below.