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Old 07-24-2009, 11:08 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by GailMae View Post
do not buy a dark color in corian. it scratches easily and the scratch shows up as a light gray. you will be sanding and buffing as often as you do your dishes. Gail Schroeder
Not to harp on this point (raised in another thread), but this has not been my experience. I have 3+ year-old black Corian in my heavily-used kitchen and it has never scratched. Obviously this is just anecdotal but I thought I'd toss it in there. Maybe there's grades of quality in Corian?


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Old 07-26-2009, 06:38 AM   #17
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I have Formica counter tops that suck! Appears there was bad glue in 1989 when we bought them. There coming loose like crazy and need to be replaced. Wife and I really know nothing about counter tops, I was going to be a cheap and just replace the formica myself. I can do this, but we are exploring our options of Corian or Granite.... Stopped by Lowes today and got a rough estimate of $45 per square foot for Corian. Then we went to a cabinet shop and the basically said Corian sucks and gave me a price $50 for Granite. Input needed please educate us... $4000 for Kitchen counter tops is a lot of money to me ....???? Hate to spent that kind of money foolishly.....

A quick fix for loose Formica would be to heat with a heat gun (don't scortch) to get the surface hot. Then just press down until it cools. If there is sufficient glue it will stick.

There is just one grade of Corian. Glassware is usually a goner if dropped on granite. Granite is VERY hard. Corian provides a surface more forgiving to glassware. Corian can be repaired by a homeowner fairly easy, which isn't true for granite.
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:04 AM   #18
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Here is what I learned after going through a kitchen remodel. Very few salesman are going to give you a straightforward assesment of countertops. If they sell granite the everything else is gonna suck. Corian guy will give you the old wine glass on granite story. Etc, etc.

Granite - Best looking. Many, many color options if you go to a granite shop. The shop we went to easily had a 100 types to choose from. 50$/foot is the very low end arround here for a basic garnite. The really nice stuff was almost 150/foot. Not a do it yourself project. Very heavy and the install cost is low compared to the material. I have had no stain issues although I did seal it properly. The granite shop said the key to avoiding stains is to not let spills sit for a long time since granite is pourus. The only thing I do not like is that putting down glasses and plates is somewhat noisy since the granite is so hard. The edge treatment you select will also add cost. weight should not be an issue since it is spread across a wide area. Everyone I know who has granite loves it. Go to a granite shop yourself. That is what the cabinet guy is doing and just tacking on a fee.

Corian - can be just as expensive as the entry level granite, but way cheaper than high end granite. Could be installed yourself, but some places may not guarantee it. I am not sure why. I think you have to be very carefull on how you drill the holes. Not as pretty as granite......looks synthetic. Looks better than laminate. The better looking colors are more expensive. No seams arround the edges.

Quartz - very good material. Will be more expensive than entry level granite. I did not think it was as pretty as granite. It just did not have the same look. I think it was a little more maintance free.

laminate - easily a do it yourself project unless you have custom cuts and joints. Does the job. Cheapest. I did not think it was much nicer than corian except for the edge treatments.
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:57 PM   #19
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This drives me nuts. I am a geologist and granite is not porous. Other types of rock that are sold as granite may be porous. I have had “granite” counter tops for over 25 years, and have never sealed them and never will. The reason I am placing quotes around “granite” is that even my “granite” countertops are not granite but a rock that is called Gneiss but is commonly called “granite” by the resellers. But since the minerals that make up the rock have not degraded it is still a non-porous rock. I have seen some staining of countertops that the lay person would call “granite” and on closer inspection the problem I see is that the rock had started to degrade before it was cut from the earth and some of the minerals that make up the rock appeared to be altered which would make sense they would take a stain.
Also I am a DIY person and have put in my own stone in my office and around my fireplace. It is not hard unless you get slabs that are large which end up being heavy. I have worked with Corian and like it but is soft (I can shape it with a carbide tools) so I prefer “granite”. I will be doing a kitchen counter, bathrooms and shower for my son’s home and hope to shape the edges myself. What I have seen it is not too difficult and the savings will be substantial. Note if you purchase your own slab it can be ~$5/sq foot!
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Old 04-17-2010, 04:45 PM   #20
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Corian beware


I went with Corian about 5 years ago and will never ever buy this product again. It cracks, it scratches and the "warranty" isn't honored. I am already looking to replace it. I chose a darker color (red) and it looks horrible.
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Very good post by Owenmpk. I am a geotechnical engineer, and am also astonished by the variety of stone that is called "granite". Unfortunately the geological definition of granite is not followed by the companies that sell the product. Anything with mica, biotite and quartz is apparently classed as granite, regardless whether it is metamorphic or igneous. Not that the user really needs to care exactly what type of rock it is, but it does make a huge difference in terms of stain resistance, hardness, and overall durability what type of minerals are in the rock. Unfortunately, unless you have geological training, you aren't going to know. The moral is to bring a geologist with you when you select your slab.

I have "granite" counters, although in truth they are gneiss. Very beautiful, extremely durable, and no we never sealed them, I don't want toxic chemicals on my food preparation surface. The stone can scratch, however this has not been a problem for us. We also spill wine regularly, as well as many other things, and we clean it up immediately. No stains of any kind.

I have no problem with Corian, soapstone, formica, tiles, wooden counters, concrete counters, or any other kind of material. Just make sure you understand fully the properties of the material, the maintenance requirements, and your ability to fix the surface if it is damaged. Nothing is perfect, else everyone would use it.
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:18 PM   #22
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We remodels last year and went through all the options for kitchen countertops. Corian is good, granite is good. Granite usually has more appeal and value - a consideration for resale value. We ended up going with granite and are extremely happy we did.

We found a company who installs pre-fabricated granite countertops - they have factory made counter sections, island tops, etc. in a variety of sizes and colors - and then they modify and install as required. This saves costs all around. We ended up with granite and a custom look for less than corian and other similar products.


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