Marble can be a soft and porous material, however stones like Carrara Marble and Calacatta Marble inherit a beauty that remains unmatched. Due to staining and scratching being almost inevitable, it is recommended mainly for soft applications and surfaces with light use such as Vanity Tops, Shelves, Window Cills, etc…
Despite its characteristics, it can be used as a Kitchen Countertop if you don’t mind a more rustic, ‘used’ look. Marble can add luxury to any space and is available in a variety of colors, as well as finishes such as polished and honed. If you like the look of Marble but prefer something more durable and resistant have a look at some of the excellent Quartz & Porcelain alternatives, such as Silestone Lagoon or Caesarstone London Grey.
Corian countertops are a specific brand made and marketed under the DuPont name, but they may as well be synonymous with ‘solid surface’ countertops. They’re one of the most popular brands and they’re often pushed as being as good as, or better, then natural stones like granite or marble. Here’s the lowdown on them so you can make an informed decision about whether or not they will be perfect for your kitchen.
Corian is the brand name of DuPont’s very popular solid surface countertop line. It was first introduced in 1971 and marketed as a ‘space age material.’ Until DuPont’s patent ran out, it was the first and only solid surface counter on the market. To this day, the name is still used interchangeably with the phrase ‘solid surface’, despite the fact that several brands make products that are as good or even better.
The composition consists of 33% binding resins and 66% minerals. Its composition makes it non-porous, so it’s stain resistant. It’s also heat resistant up to around 212 degrees F, but both the manufacturer and the Countertop Investigator recommend the use of a trivet under hot pans to prevent warping. Color pigments are added to the resin to give them their final coloring.
Because it’s flexible when it’s heated, it can be bent and shaped in almost limitless ways. It can be used for almost anything, but its primary use is still in kitchen work surfaces. It can also appear seamless when installed since the epoxy used to glue the pieces together can be blended to match. Once the pieces are epoxied and joined, the dried seam can be sanded into invisibility, leaving a smooth, unblemished finish.