Granite Or Corian: Which Countertop Should You Choose?

We live in a world where there is a wealth of choices for kitchen countertops, from the ever-popular natural granite to synthetically-created materials. Today’s homeowners have so many countertop options that they will have a hard time picking the right one for their needs.

Even if you have narrowed down your choices to, say, granite vs Corian, DuPont’s flagship solid surface countertop material, you still have to weigh a lot of factors before deciding which one to get.

Let’s take a look at some of the essential characteristics of both countertops.

How Much Does Corian Cost Compared To Granite?

While granite is more expensive than Corian, the price difference isn’t that great. Corian costs $40-150 per square foot, while the price of slab granite starts at $40 and can reach up to $200. There’s also installation to consider, and the cost often varies from region to region.

Related Reading: 10 Ways To Make Granite Countertops More Affordable

Is Granite More Durable Than Corian?

You can cut food on the surface of granite because it’s highly resistant to scratching. Its’ resistance to heat is also remarkable since you can place a pan or a pot directly from the stove or oven on top of it without any damage.

Granite countertops that see heavy use, however, are prone to chipping or cracking over time. Spilling acidic materials like vinegar and lemon juice may also stain it, which is why it has to be resealed every 6 to 12 months to protect it from stains.

Unlike granite, Corian doesn’t need sealing. It will be fine even if you spill acidic materials on it. However, it can be scratched or nicked if you slice or cut food on top of it without using a chopping board. Minor scratches, in any case, can be buffed out using a scouring pad.

You will also need to use hot pads and trivets if you put something hot off the stove on top of Corian work surfaces because anything above 325 degrees Fahrenheit can damage it. Corian countertops also tend to become discolored if exposed to high temperatures for a long time. Corian’s use and care guide is recommended reading.

What Are They Made Of

As mentioned above, granite is a naturally-occurring material. The companies or individuals that retrieve the stone from a quarry then slice it into slabs and hone and polish it. They don’t add to it or remove anything from it, making it as pure a stone as it comes.

Corian, on the other hand, are made up of binding resins, various minerals, and dyes and other fillers that provide color and texture. Corian is a brand manufactured by DuPont and was the only solid surface countertop available on the market for some time before other brands like Formica, Staron, and Wilsonart popped up after DuPont’s patent expired.

Looks

Being a man-made material, Corian is incredibly versatile. You can integrate it with stone, glass, and wood, and its pliability when heated at 325 degrees Fahrenheit allows it to be shaped, engraved, or carved however you want. It’s also available in a wide variety of colors, and even textures and patterns that make it look like it’s made from stone or wood.

For its part, granite being natural makes it look great, which is why it has been a favorite countertop material for many homeowners for so long. It come in a variety of light and dark colors, and all of them have distinctive mineral speckles. Unless the color or pattern of the stone doesn’t come close to blending with the overall look of your kitchen, natural stone will always look gorgeous.

Ease of Installation

While having professionals install countertops is the recommended course of action, homeowners who take pride in their DIY skills can opt to install their own countertops.

For those who go the DIY route, installing a Corian countertop may prove to be easier to do because of its lightness and versatility. You can cut it using a circular saw, and you can install it with no visible seams by using seaming materials that match the product perfectly.

The installation of granite countertops, on the other hand, is best left to professionals. It’s more expensive, and it would hurt your wallet if you cut it the wrong way or if you accidentally drop it because it’s heavy. Even professional installers have a tough time making seams disappear, so you can only imagine how much of a challenge it’s going to be for you.

Which Countertop Is Easier To Maintain

Considering how granite can stain, sealing every 6 to 12 months is a step you shouldn’t skip.

Cleaning both granite and Corian countertops is fairly easy, although the cleaning materials that you may use vary.

DuPont meant for Corian to be a maintenance-free material. All you need to clean it is soap and water, although you can also use alcohol, bleach, and even ammonia, to sanitize it. Just don’t use abrasive cleansers so as not to scratch the surface.

Bleach, vinegar, or ammonia, however, should never be used to clean any natural stone because they can react with the material and dull its appearance. Only daily cleaning with warm, soapy water and weekly disinfecting with a water and isopropyl alcohol solution should be done for a granite countertop.

Don’t miss our indepth guide that covers everything you need to know about caring for granite. Don’t worry, it’s way easier to care for than you think.

Return On Investment

Many homeowners who have decided to put their house on the market will, more often than not, count on a kitchen with a granite countertop to give them a higher return on their investment.

While natural stone does get valued higher than solid surface countertops, that doesn’t mean that the nearly similarly-priced Corian will be a deal breaker.

Being a pioneer among solid surface countertop materials, Corian is highly-recognizable as a brand. Given its good reputation over the years, a Corian countertop will more than likely be a factor in fetching the house a good price on the market, especially when compared to cheaper options like laminate countertops.

Related Reading: Learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of laminates here.

How you choose your countertop material will depend on a lot of factors, including your own preference, the overall design of your kitchen, and of course, your budget. Hopefully, the information above can help you come to the right decision.

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About the author

Samantha Jones is the content specialist at Superior Stone and Cabinet, the to-go source for custom and wholesale cabinets in sunny Phoenix, AZ. When not in the office, Samantha really enjoys gourmet cooking and traveling with her pup. She is also an avid reader.

Updated: September 21, 2018