What Is Corian Made From?

Corian, the name of a composite material designed by DuPont, is used for numerous applications, both commercially and in homes. Since Corian is available in a vast array of colors and can be cut, carved or embossed, it's useful for everything from countertops to sink basins, furniture and textured vertical displays.

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Chemical Makeup

Corian consists of one part acrylic resin and two parts natural minerals such as aluminum trihydrate, which comes from bauxite. Under normal temperature conditions, it does not off-gas or emit fumes, so it is considered a non-toxic substance, according to the manufacturer. It is also considered hygienic and is used for countertops in places such as airports and hospitals.

Pros and Cons

Since Corian can be thermo-formed, cut and carved, it can be made into just about any shape needed. For basic around-the-house use, such as sinks and countertops, Corian comes in numerous colors, as well as flat or glossy finishes. While the material resists heat, is it not completely heat-safe, like stone countertops such as granite. Hot items such as a curling iron, hot pan or a lit cigarette may burn the material, but the damage can be sanded or buffed out, since the color is consistent throughout. Corian also resists stains since it is non-porous, but it scratches more easily than some materials such as stone.

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