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May 15, 2013 12:38 PM

Kitchen counter tops question?

I know there have been many a discussion about counter tops and I ask for your input on one more:

We're re-modelling the kitchen to have a "baker's corner" for me with stainless steel counter tops.

For the remainder of the kitchen I am wanting another material for the counter tops. Please see the criteria for consideration below. Would love your input and comments:

- avid cook/baker and though I'll have a baker's corner would like a counter that can stand up to all the wear and tear of a well-used kitchen

- I use a lot food stuffs that stain (curries, berries, red wine)

- Low maintenance required!

- Would ideally like white (will have white subway tile backsplash and dark wood cabinets and re-claimed wood floor)

Thoughts? Am leaning towards Corian counter top...


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  1. Corian is great. Super-durable and repairable in a pinch.

    This looks like what you describe:

    1. A dark granite might be suggested.

      We've had black Corian in the kitchen before and had it removed and replaced with granite. First it is not very cool when used for baking, compared to stainelss steel, granite, or marble. Too many scratches, it stained ( and the suggested scotch pads did not do the job, as they scuff up the finish ) and then an interesting issue happened to our neighbours' kitchen Corian. By her experience, we found that the material will not hold the heat of any hot pot or pan.

      A hot pan will transfer the heat to any seam in the Corian and melt it, pulling the section away from another section. She had this happen by leaving a hot pot lid on the material, and found her Corian de-laminating 2 weeks later. The local DuPont representatives did investigate ( which is how I learned about the causation ) but even as this was under warranty, they neither replaced or compensated her loss.

      Reflecting then on the fact that I was not happy with the constant scouring with the scotch pad, when this incident occurred with our neighbour, I read the writing on the wall and decided to move on to granite. Shortly after so did our neighbour.

      We currently have had polished but unsealed granite in three properties ( Kitchen and bar area counters, bathroom counters and mirror surrounds, and counters on certain cabinets in the living room and dens ). We have none of the problems mentioned above. Ever.

      Even over a rectangular 15 foot dining table, using a very unique white granite we found with gold striations. I just designed the granite to be constructed with a 4 inch bullnosed edge around the sides as sort of a box, and had it milled, polished, joined, and then placed over the wood. In 7 years we have found it to be the best material for rental properties, with no problems including children with paint, and tools.

      I do hope this is helpful,and that you find and enjoy what you like..

      1. Maybe they just don't make Corian like they used to. My parents had off-white Corian in their old house. It was over 25 yrs old and had no stains, despite their frequent cooking with turmeric, cranberries, beets and so on. One seam gap came up at around year 21, but the local Dupont rep came out and fixed it for about $100. I'm not sure I understand how Corian could delaminate, as described by Swissaire's friend. It's a homogenous solid surface -- no layers to come apart. My folks also found it quite heat resistant. Not so much so that you can put a pot straight from the stove onto the counter, but way beyond laminates.

        Another possibility, depending on budget and the amount of counterspace you want to do, is white carrara marble. It's nice for working on when you want the ingredients to stay cool, cheaper than granite, looks great with stainless, and is, all in all, quite durable. Most stains come out w/ something like Soft Scrub w/ bleach, but it's not nearly as stain resistant as quartz (maybe white quartz is something to consider, too?). They also make gorgeous carrara subway tile that I think really adds something to a kitchen that has a lot of stark white and dark wood.

        1. Check Consumer Reports recent piece of kitchen countertops. They rank/rate about a dozen different materials using several different criteria including maintenance. Corian is middle of the pack, bamboo is dead last. I think that quartz is #1, granite #2.

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          1. re: Sherri

            I so agree with this. Consumer Reports give you an unbiased evaluation of products. We wanted ease and my husband vetoed laminate and stainless steel, we went with quartz based on CR research. (2011ish)

          2. My parents got new countertops recently and they're beautiful and, so far, durable. They're white resin with recycled glass chips of various colors, primarily blue.

            Looks kind of like the top photo in this link:

            The surface in this photo doesn't looks as shiny and smooth as my parents' - they had an extra coating put on so they wouldn't worry about spills.