Corian Vs. Laminate Countertops
At Cabinets Direct USA, we proudly offer a wide selection of top-quality countertops for your kitchen or bathroom in New Jersey. Your countertop should fit your specific style and last a lifetime, so it’s important to do extensive research beforehand. Solid surfaces, also known as Corian, and laminate are two of the most popular countertop materials on the market, along with engineered and natural stone surfaces like granite and quartz. Both Corian and laminate countertops are durable and easily accessible, but there are pros and cons to each type. Learn more about the differences between Corian and laminate and how to make the best decision for your home below.
A solid surface countertop is an engineered material made of quartz dust mixed with various resins, polymers, and pigments, depending on the design. Corian is a type of solid surface material that was invented by DuPont in the 1960s. DuPont is one of the leading brands we carry at Cabinets Direct. On the other hand, laminate countertops consist of a wooden core that is covered with multiple layers of thin plastic — like veneer, the “laminate”. They were first made in the early 1900s and continue to be a popular choice among homeowners.
If you’re looking for a countertop that has a very consistent design with no visible seams, then solid surface countertops may be the ideal option for you. They are intended to resemble the appearance of granite, marble, or other natural stones and are non-porous. These countertops are also good for creating a unique design with flexible curves, twirls, and swirls. Laminate countertops at Cabinets Direct are manufactured by Formica and Wilsonart HD. From metal to wood to marble-looking patterns, they come in a variety of colors and textures to match your home’s aesthetic.
Solid surface and laminate countertops are both good options for those who want to save money while still getting a high-quality product. Factors such as your budget and how often you use your kitchen might play into which surface you choose. The average cost for a laminate countertop alone is $29 per square foot, compared to $52 per square foot for solid surface material, such as Corian. Although Corian is much more expensive than laminate, it will last much longer.
The cost of installing laminate countertops depends on the type of laminate and substrate, the shape and size of the countertop, and whether you’re replacing an old countertop or installing a new one. The average kitchen counter is 30 linear feet and costs around $1,575 to install. For solid surface countertops, the price to install typically depends on the brand name, edging style, color, and finish. The average installation cost for the same sized countertop ranges from $1,000 to $3,000.
Maintenance and Repair
Solid surface countertops are made up of natural stones, so they are durable and require little to no maintenance. Their density also helps prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria, making it the more sanitary option. Laminate countertops are cheaper than solid surface countertops and can be easily replaced if scratched, stained or dented. Both materials are susceptible to heat damage, however, solid surface countertops can withstand higher temperatures — up to 212℉. In either case, if you use many hot pots and pans, you should definitely invest in a butcher block for added protection.
Countertop Brands We Carry
Cabinets Direct carries Corian and laminate countertops from the best manufacturers in the nation. Need inspiration for your next project? Explore our broad range of countertop products below.
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