When choosing the material for a countertop, the choices may seem overwhelming; we have so many options available to and the pros and cons of each choice might not be immediately obvious. Let’s take a look at a two popular choices and learn about their differences.
Corian is a synthetic nonporous and homogenous surface that is stain resistant and available in over a hundred color options including ones made to look like natural materials. DuPont, the same company that brought us products such as nylon, starting making Corian in the 1960s.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Corian
Because Corian is nonporous, it can be made without seams, this means that there are no cracks or holes where food or liquid can be caught and trapped. For this reason, Corian is very hygienic, extremely easy to keep clean as well as durable and easy to repair. Thorough cleaning and drying is necessary to prevent water stains which will otherwise cause your counters to become dull. Minor scratches and nicks can be removed with a scouring pad, and Corian can also withstand heat up to 325 degrees Fahrenheit though sustained contact with high temperatures can cause discoloring.
Granite is one of the most popular choices for kitchen and bathroom counters, it will always be in style and is a great choice when it comes to durability. Granite is a rock formed from cooled molten lava, it is cut from quarries and then cut into slabs and polished for use as countertops. It is available in many different and beautiful colors and because it is a natural stone, each piece of granite will be unique.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Granite
Granite is a porous rock which means that it will absorb any liquids that are spilled on it, despite this, damaging granite is not very easy. Granite is heat resistant and scratch resistant. Over time, with hard usage, granite is likely to crack or chip and replacement can be expensive. Because granite is porous, that means that it should be cleaned well daily or else it can lead to mold or bacteria growth. Any cleaning solutions containing acidic ingredients (such as citrus or vinegar) should not be used as they can dull the surface of the granite. For granite countertops that are in regular use, it is recommended that you reseal them at least every two years to keep your countertops stain free.
Corian and Granite are both beautiful choices for any home and the perfect fit for your South Texas home should be discussed in more depth with your interior designer who will know just how to help you choose.