Corian vs. Granite
At a Glance
Corian is a lab-created material that’s less expensive and easier to maintain than granite. However, the naturally beautiful appearance of granite can do much to enhance the resale value of a home.
Thanks to their winning combinations of beauty, durability and price, DuPont Corian and granite are among the most popular surfaces available for countertops today. Both building experts and home owners alike have found themselves in a difficult position tying to choose between the two materials for remodeling. A lot of factors come into play when considering a better choice among these two. Although the factors above may be the primary concerns, it’s also important to consider how easy it will be to maintain and clean your new surfaces. For some though, this choice is only as simple as personal preference on whether the hard and compact look of granite is better than the softness of corian. Here are a few factors that could help you make a better informed choice between the two.
The installation and fabrication costs are a very important factor to consider when choosing between granite and Corian. Since installing both of these countertop materials is too complex for a DIY homeowner, it is important to consider this factor either way. For instance, 23.8 feet of Corian with 5.2 feet backsplash, and 14″ by 16″ double bowl cut will cost up to $3,300. On the other hand, an equal amount of granite will cost about $2,900. Since granite is a natural material that varies in quality, this estimate should be considered a conservative one.
While both granite and Corian provide substantial durability, Corian — being a lab-created material — is easily repairable as compared to granite. Corian is soft and lightweight making it easily adaptable to temperature changes. It has a wide range of edge profiles and color combinations making it easily amenable to personal home styles. With Corian, it is also possible to achieve seamlessness with sinks and backsplashes. Granite’s hardness makes it nearly impervious to damage. On the other hand, the fact that it’s a natural mined material means that if it does get damaged, granite will be almost impossible to repair in a way that makes the repair job impossible to detect. Granite also requires frequent sealing to keep the surface waterproof.
Return on Investment
Granite attracts a higher resale value than Corian although Corian has the best consumer brand recognition among man-made counter top materials. Corian also boosts home prices as compared to tile or laminated countertops, which are widely considered less attractive and more difficult to clean and maintain. Considering cost against value, Corian is a better bet especially in mid-priced homes. Granite on the other hand gives your home a classier design atmosphere making it possible to ask a higher resale price. This is especially true in high-end homes, in which any surface other than granite would be considered a detriment. However, it should be known that homes can only be evaluated on an individual basis and therefore not all home investments will attract a handsome return.
Style and Personal Preference
Style and personal preference will always be among the most important considerations when choosing a countertop material. Despite Corian not being as well known as granite, it can serve as a less expensive alternative to granite that can still enhance the appearance and value of your home. This is beside the fact that it has a wide range of colors — 130 to be precise — making it possible to satisfy virtually any design impulse and match any decor style. Granite has a natural appearance which brings class to your home. It has the uniqueness of a piece of art. Installation of these materials will however require the expertise of a professional, which you’ll have to consider when setting your budget.