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Granite versus Corian

Many stone industry members have expressed a desire for more information and ammunition when selling natural stone countertops against Corian. So, we have put together some facts and tips which we hope you will find useful in debunking the lies. We also advise that you review the MIA Report which was written in response to the ludicrous claim about the potential harm from radon gas emitted from granite countertops.

The Advantages Of Using Granite For Kitchen Countertops
exerpts from an article written by Fred Hueston-
President of the National Traning Center for Stone & Masonry Trade
    If you're in the business of selling, installing or fabricating granite countertops, you need to know how to compete with the growing number of materials available. Your job is to educate your customers and help them select the appropriate material for their kitchen countertop. The selection of the proper kitchen countertop can be confusing. Your customers will be asking you questions such as: Is granite better than Corian? How much will it cost? How long will it last? What are the pros and cons? All these questions can be answered with a basic knowledge of what's available and an understanding of each material's characteristics. This article will provide you with the basic knowledge necessary to help your customer select the proper countertop. As you will see, granite is one of the best materials for kitchen countertops.
      Countertop Types Advantages Disadvantages
      The typical laminate countertop material is known as Formica. It is made of a thin layer of plastic (1/32" or 1/16") that is glued to particleboard or wood and can simulate many different materials, including granite. The edge of the countertop can be square or rolled. Wood, brass and other inserts can also be added
      -Inexpensive and fairly durable
      -Available in endless patterns and colors
      -Resists staining
      -Easy to clean
      -Abrasive cleaners can scratch and dull the finish
      -Sharp knives will produce scratches and hot pots will melt the finish
      -Warping of the surface can occur with prolonged wetting or flooding
      -Laminates usually cannot be repaired once damaged
      -Seams are easy to see
      Some materials will fade with time
      Acrylic and/or Polyester Plastics (Corian, Etc.)
      Unlike laminates, acrylic and/or polyester plastics are homogenous throughout the material. Available in thickness of 1/2" and 3/4", these materials come in numerous colors. They can be polished but are often seen with a matte finish. They can be expensive and in many cases, more expensive than granite (hint!)
      -Non-porous and stain resistant
      -Abrasive cleaners can be used on unpolished finishes
      -Easy to clean and refinish
      -Many colors available
      -Scratches can be repaired
      -Scratches easily
      -Hot Pots will melt finish
      -Plastic unnatural appearance
      Wood (Butcher Block)
      Wood countertops have often been used to give a natural warm appearance. Most wood countertops are made with hardwoods glued together into strips. Butcher block is constructed this way with rock maple or beech. If you do a lot of cutting, wood may be a perfect choice
      -Durable if cared for
      -Cleans easily
      -Scratches can be removed by sanding
      -Can Warp
      -Turns black if exposed to large quantities of water
      -Requires sealing
      Tile countertops are typically made with ceramic tile ranging in size from one square inch to as large as six square inches. There are also other shapes, such as octagonal, rectangular, etc. Tile countertops are popular in country-style kitchens and are durable materials. However, all tile has grout lines, which can cause problems. Grout soils very easily and will require frequent cleaning. I would suggest that epoxy grout be used when installing any tile countertop. Epoxy grouts are a bit more expensive, but the expense will far outweigh the aggravation of clean up.
      -Non-staining and will not scratch
      -Endless colors, shapes and designs.
      -Heat resistant
      -Chips easily
      -Grout can be a problem
      -Slightly more expensive than laminates.
      Granite is an excellent choice for countertops. Granite is available in polished and matte finishes. While granite may be more expensive than some other materials, its longevity adds immeasurable value.

      (note from will never be sold because it has a look that is very similar to a plastic-looking Corian color.....The fact that Corian tries to make their product look like granite speaks volumes as to which product is the most beautiful. For pure aesthetic beauty, Corian does not come close to the richness, the depth, the polish, the power and the naturally organic quality that is granite. The beauty of granite will always sell itself.

      Scratch resistant
      -Hot plates can be placed directly on the surface.
      -Natural product
      -Wide selection of colors
      -Beauty, beauty, beauty
      -Requires proper sealing to prevent staining


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