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Corian is widely accepted as a material for countertops, vanity tops, tub/shower walls, kitchen sinks, vanity basins, laboratory bench tops in numerous markets like: lodging, healthcare, banks, boutiques, restaurant and many others

Corian is used as a decorative material in a variety of residential and commercial applications. It offers design versatility, functionality and durability. Supplied in sheets and shapes, it can be fabricated with conventional woodworking tools into virtually any design.

Invented and produced by DuPont, Corian  is a solid surface offering extraordinary possibilities of arranging and serving its users for many years. This material is used in both the private and commercial and public, including in hotels, shopping malls, airports, ships or in health.

Balancing the beauty and durability of Corian  is ideal for the creation of innovative and imaginative architecture and applications designed to serve for many years.

Whatever you can imagine, you can probably create it with Corian . Available in over 72 colors, Corian  can be cut and cut, carved and machined like wood, ground, heat formed and combined with other materials ... design and creation of opportunities are virtually limitless.

DuPont  Corian was invented in 1967 by DuPont, the first manufacturer of solid surface materials in the world. It is a durable, non-porous, homogeneous surface material, consisting of approximately one third acrylic resin (also known as PolyMethyl methacrylate or PMMA), and about 2/3 natural minerals. The most important of these minerals is aluminum trihydrate (ATH) derived from bauxite, an ore from which aluminum is extracted. For more information on the physico-chemical properties of DuPont ™ Corian can be found in the Technical Specification, which is available in the "Brochures".

DuPont  Corian is used for the manufacture of interior design and in design. Its unusual properties, in particular the ability to perform invisible joints , cause that can be made in virtually any artistic vision.

Corian can be considered a “green” material because it is…

-Durable and renewable: it lasts long time and can easily be repaired and renewed.
-Because it is reworkable,
-Corian generates up to 1/3 less waste than stone in fabrication process
-Chemically inert and environmentally responsible: it doesn’t react readily with other chemicals or elements, therefore has low impact on environment.
-Corian also meets the most restrictive “food zone” standards. The pigments used to colour the material are all approved for food contact.
- Non toxic: at room temperature
- Corian is non toxic, with virtually no “off-gassing” of volatile organic compounds. In a fire situation, Corian® is clean-burning and produces an insignificant amount of smoke.
-Also, Corian adhesives and sealants have extremely low VOC emissions during the curing process, well below US and EU standards.

Inspect sheets and shapes products prior to fabrication.
An essential element to sheet inspection is checking for colour matching. The composition of Corian produces slight colour variations between production cycles due to the complex blending of natural minerals and man-made acrylics.

Prior to cutting, check carefully your drawing and prepare a cutting list. It is essential that you allow minimum 3 mm total tolerance to allow Corian to expand and contract.

The Corian sheet is ideal for many vertical applications.
It is easy to apply and can be installed over most sound substrates:
Water-resistant gypsum board
Moisture-resistant plywood
M.D.F. board
Any sound tile surface
Plasterboard sheeting

Always allow Corian to move freely.
-Always allow a minimum 3 mm total tolerance to allow Corian  to expand and contract.
-Always radius corners as acrylics are vulnerable to stress at inside corners.
-Always sand smooth any nicks or cuts from edges.
-Always use flexible adhesive when applying substrate to Corian
-Don’t screw directly into the Corian
-Don’t use jig saws to cut Corian
-Don’t use substitute adhesive to seam Corian together.
-Don’t put Corian seams through heating appliance locations.
- Don’t use full underlayment in any application where heating

Read more specification about corian material

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