Properties, uses, and applications of Corian

Properties, uses, and applications of Corian

Corian was created by the Dupont company in 1967 when Dr Donald Slocum was tasked with creating a product that would rival, or even surpass, the beauty and durability of natural stone.

It is a solid non-porous material that has numerous uses.

What is Corian used for?

The many properties of Corian, which we shall explore a little later, is what has made it a hit with interior designers for more than 50 years.

Corian is a go-to material for kitchen projects thanks to its lack of porosity and durability but it doesn’t stop there.

Its uses are multiple, and here are just some of the areas which have benefitted from this invention:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Hospitals and health centres
  • Offices
  • Public buildings
  • Five-star hotels
  • Shopping centres
  • Restaurants and catering facilities
  • Furniture design
  • Lighting
  • Cladding

What are the properties of Corian?

Corian material properties are impressive. It is known as a solid surface material, and is composed of 1/3 acrylic resin (also known as polymethyl methacrylate or PMMA), and 2/3 natural minerals.

Corian properties


This means that Corian can, under a controlled temperature of between 145-160C, be moulded into any shape you want.


This solid surface material is incredibly durable and so it is hard to scuff and scratch, making it the perfect choice for high traffic areas such as kitchens.


Corian panels can be manufactured so that they create one long continuous surface with joint that are pretty much imperceptible.

Extremely hygienic

The fact that Corian can be manufactured in massive slabs that make it largely seamless means there are no nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide and create a health hazard. This is why it is popular for healthcare settings.


Similarly, any spills will remain on the surface which means they don’t sink into the material making it stain resistant and more hygienic.


Unlike its more natural counterparts, any scratches or scuffs which do occur can be easily sanded out in situ using a gently abrasive cloth. If the damage is more severe, it is also possible to repair almost seamlessly by using inserts of the same material then sanding down the join.


When it burns it releases no harmful gases.

There’s a colour and design for everyone

Available in around 95 colours and surface designs Corian will give you the look you want. You can choose from its original pristine white to bright primary colours and lookalike natural stone. The variety is incredible.


The way Corian is manufactured makes all the colour and texture of the surface present throughout the entire thickness of the slab. This is why is it easy to repair for example.

We hope we have inspired you to find out more about the properties of Corian and Corian uses and are ready to find out more.

Is Corian a good choice for a kitchen countertop?

Corian is a fantastic choice for kitchen countertops because it offers so many different options in terms of finish and colour.

With proper care, it is incredibly durable and very easy to maintain. Plus, if it gets damaged over time it can be repaired easily.

If you want a worktop with a sleek, clean and modern aesthetic, then why not get in touch with Stone Design UK today.

As suppliers of  luxury Corian kitchen worktops to satisfied customers in Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Wigan we have the expertise to ensure you make the right choice for your next kitchen project.

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