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March 24, 2017

Laminate Countertops or Corian Solid Surface Counters for Your Kitchen? 

laminate countertopsYour kitchen is a central part of your home, and when you decide to make some home improvement changes to it, such as new laminate countertops, it will not only be an important investment in your home, but also involves a number of important decisions regarding style and function.

When it comes down to replacing your counters, you may have seen some samples or information about Corian solid surface counters and might wonder whether or not they are better for your kitchen than laminate countertops.  Each of these materials has their pros and cons, so before you make your final decision, it is good to get to know them to ensure that you are making the proper decision for your home’s needs.

Laminate countertops properties vs Corian 

Laminate countertops are manufactured from various synthetic materials such as craft paper, decorative paper, and melamine, which is a special kind of plastic coating.  They are also coated with one of several types of protective layering to make them more durable and scratch-resistant.  The final product can be very attractive and stylish.  Laminate countertops are available in many different colors and patterns.  That said, the materials are not as strong as Corian.

This is because Corian is made out of highly durable polymers, which are man-made materials that are poured into shape in order to create this solid surface counter.  It is a product of DuPont and is available in well over 100 different colors.

Laminate countertops features vs Corian

Laminate countertops are nonporous and are therefore resistant to stains as well as the growth of mold, mildews, and bacteria.  They are quite durable, with the ability to withstand basic day to day wear as well as temperatures of up to 150 degrees.  That said, a cutting board must be used for chopping and slicing, and a trivet should be used between the surface and hot pots.

Corian countertops are thicker than laminate countertops.  They are also nonporous and are therefore resistant to the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria.  They are very strong and though they also require the use of a trivet and cutting board to protect them from scratches and heat, they are more resistant to these forms of damage than laminate countertops.

Laminate countertops benefits vs Corian 

Both laminate countertops and Corian counters have similar benefits in that they are both extremely easy to maintain and to clean.  Neither needs to be treated or sealed, they can be cleaned by regular wiping with a soapy cloth.  They are also both highly durable and will last a very long time when well maintained.  That said, if mildly damaged, Corian solid surface sheets can be easily repaired, while laminate countertops must be replaced to eliminate the damage.

Laminate countertops vs Corian

The actual price of laminate countertops and Corian depend heavily on the type, design, and style.  The average laminate countertops usually cost somewhere between $15 and $60 per square foot.  That said, the average Corian generally costs between $40 and $80 per square foot.

Each of these counters have their strengths and weaknesses, so it is up to you to determine what style, durability and budget you have to choose whether laminate countertops or Corian are right for you.

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