Corian is a countertop surface manufactured by DuPont. It comes in many different colours and can be cut to fit any shape. It was the first solid-surface countertop product to hit the market, and many others have followed. Solid-surface countertops such as Corian are made from a durable, nonporous acrylic polymer. It comes in over 100 different choices, including solid colours and looks mimicking the natural look of stone.
Wood is another possibility for countertops, though it tends to be reserved for higher end jobs due to its price. It is a relatively rare type of countertop representing only 7 per cent of the surfaces industry. Wood is prized because it brings a warm look to a kitchen. The wood tops can be made with large solid pieces or several smaller pieces glued together for the butcher block look.
Stone is an elegant, durable, high-quality alternative to Corian. Several types of stone are used in this application including granite, marble, quartz, and even gemstones. Granite is the most common in kitchen countertops, due to its superior durability over the other materials and its largest selection of colours. Stone surfaces are often cut custom to order and because of this can be very expensive.
Other Solid-Surface Countertops
There are many other solid-surface countertops on the market similar to Corian but with different colour options, or greater flexibility of design. Wilsonart for instance makes a acrylic solid-surface product that can be specially designed to your specifications, and even include recycled content. The company Avonite offers more in the area of recycled solid-surface countertops including styles mimicking quartz and marble.
Laminates are an inexpensive alternative to Corian. They come in thin sheets that can be glued to plywood and cut to match any space. Laminates not only mimic stone like Corian and the other solid-surface counter top options, but also come in solid colours and even wood finishes.