Kitchen countertops are mini battlefields since they see more chopping, dicing and spills than any other surface in your home. Therefore choosing the right countertop material could be the difference between having a spotless, hygienic surface ready for your culinary adventures vs a slimy, cracked counter that repels you.
Granite and Corian are two popular options for countertop materials but they are about as similar as chalk and cheese. To begin with, granite is a natural and hard-wearing stone with a beautiful texture while Corian is a registered trademark material created by DuPont. It’s an acrylic solid surface, designed to withstand high temperatures, scratches, and stains. There’s a reason why these two materials, despite their differences are popular with homeowners. Check out the five factors below to see which countertop material is right for you:
It’s not immediately apparent, but choosing the right countertop can change the appearance of your kitchen. Granite is popular among those who prefer an upscale, timeless appearance. The fact that each granite slab comes with a unique pattern that can’t be replicated only adds to it’s appeal.
The different colour options, along with the matt finish and the seamless appearance of Corian is more suitable for the modern kitchen. This makes it a flexible countertop option for different decorating themes. Corian has the advantage of being moldable and can be used in place of stainless steel kitchen sinks, creating a final look where the countertop and sink blend seamlessly.
2. Installation and Care
Both granite and Corian call for professional installation. That being said, it’s easy to obtain a seamless Corian countertop by sanding and polishing it to make the seams look almost invisible. Granite countertops do come with light seams but a professional can minimize it to a large extent. Regular cleaning with light detergent is enough to keep granite clean. Corian too requires regular cleaning to prevent buildup on the surface. Though it’s heat resistant, it’s not advisable to place hot objects vessels directly on Corian surfaces.
Corian is manufactured as a non porous material, therefore it does not require a sealant (protective coat sprayed onto surfaces), unlike naturally porous granite. Therefore the former discourages the growth of mold and mildew and is a firm favourite with schools, offices and households with children. However, granite’s degree of hygiene can also be increased by applying a protective sealant.
Granite is a hard rock and therefore resilient in the face of knife scratches, hot spills and even temperatures up to 649 Celsius, which is as hot as a bursting firecracker. It doesn’t dent easily if heavy objects are dropped on it but after a certain limit it can crack. Corian is designed to be sturdy and withstand the harsh treatment doled out to kitchen counters and though it’s not as hard as rock, it does perform admirably well in the face of everyday kitchen activities. That being said, it’s non-porous nature makes it waterproof. Unlike granite it can acquire scorch marks, dents and scratches with repeated use or abuse, but such damages can be rectified with a liquid adhesive and polish.
Unlike the US where granite is the more expensive option, Corian is more expensive in India. The price of Corian sheets can range from Rs 6,00 to 1500 per sq ft, which is nearly five times more than average granite prices. Corian can get more expensive depending on the it’s texture, especially if the particular sample replicates marble or granite.Granite is found in abundance in India whereas Corian is manufactured in the US, making it the more exotic option in our country.
Apart from the above, there are other materials such as stainless steel, plastic laminate, concrete and marble which are popular countertop materials in kitchen design. The more you know about each material and the results you’re aiming for, the easier it’d be to make an informed choice. Contact us for a free consultation with our interior designer here.