posted by admin on May 19
Considering Corian for your next big kitchen renovation? Why not? It’s easy to be attracted to a material that’s strong, durable and beautifully natural looking. Or maybe you’re more interested in Quartz stone work surfaces such as Luxore or Caesarstone? With so much choice out there it can be easy to get a little confused when trying to decide what you want.
So let me help you with an honest comparison of the two. What are the advantages and disavantages and what should you look out for? Let’s start with Luxore.
Luxore is a top end engineered quartz stone work surface that many aren’t familiar with, and manufactured by Whitehall Fabrications Limited. They combine all the best features of natural Granite but without the annoying drawbacks, simply giving you one of the best looking and most durable surfaces around.
The Advantages of Luxore Quartz
As mentioned above perhaps the most attractive quality of Luxore kitchen worktops is they give all the best qualities of natural granite stone in addition to being much easier to maintain. So you get all the benefits of a beautiful, natural looking worktop without the worry of constant care and maintenance.
Another advantage of Luxore Worktops is that they are made of natural quartz, and epoxy resin, a thermal setting resin used primarily in making very strong adhesives. These unique properties create both a strong and hygienic worktop.
Consistency of colour is another big advantage of Luxore Quartz. During the manufacturing process the appearance is consistent throughout, this means that it’s much easier for consumers to know what they’re getting and all the worktops will match flawlessly with one another each and every time.
The best day to day benefit of Luxore is that it is virtually maintenance free. All that’s required is regular washing with warm soapy water to keep it looking it’s best. This will give you and your family enjoyment and satisfaction for years to come. Once installed there is no sealing or polish needed. The non-porous quality of the material makes the worktop resistant to stains from food, juices, wine, coffee, tea and just about anything you would normally put on it. However, you need to be careful not to put highly aggressive chemicals on the surface, such as nail varnish or remover.
They are also extremely versatile, able to fit in anywhere around your home. They are suitable to be used for islands, wet-bars, tabletops and desktops as well as fireplace and shower surrounds.
Finally they are highly scratch resistant, although excessive and deliberate force against the surface will cause damage over time, a typical kitchen disaster will not ruin your luxury quartz work surface.
The disadvantages of Luxore Worktops is that they can be somewhat expensive. However keep in mind that you get what you pay for and the durability of the surface gives it a very long lifespan so you won’t be replacing them anytime soon after installation.
They are high quality work surfaces and certainly not the type of DIY job you want to install yourself so a professional is required in order to get the job done properly. However, once installed in your kitchen you will be thrilled with your new Luxore worktop and no re-sealing is required with Quartz.
That’s it for Luxore so let’s have a look at Corian.
Corian is manufacturerd by world renowned chemicals company DuPont, and has consistently remained one of the most popular choices around, and why not? It is extremely versatile and can be moulded and formed to almost any shape. The only thing stopping you from acquiring your dream worktop with Corian, is your imagination.
The Advantages of Corian Worktops
Corian is essentially made from a plastic resin which means you can pigment it into virtually any colour giving you a varied chice of surface colours that’s sure to satisfy any tastes.
Being a plastic material gives it the distinct advantage of being able to have a granite or even marble effect if you want and it can be made in large quantities due to it not being a natural material.
Corian Solid Surfaces will give you a complete work surface without any seams or joints in sight.
It is a durable non-porous surface that is highly resistant to stains and also very easy to clean. It is advised that you wipe all spills as they occur, though that’s just good house keeping really. Your Corian can be maintained with regular washing with hot, clean soapy water.
One of the most impressive features of Corian is that it can be repaired. Where a scratch on most kitchen worksurfaces will mean a permanent scar, Corian can be rubbed down and repaired. This is because the colour and material finish are consistent throughout the material.
One highly attractive feature of Corian Work Surfaces is that they are suitable to be used outside, harsh conditions will not cause any damage to your work surface.
There is a huge selection of colours available to you so you’ll have every chance imaginable to find your ideal work surface and they are cheaper to buy than the natural stones.
Last but not least there is a hygiene advantage to Corian. Both worktops and sinks are provided as a complete unit which means no joints or seams, eliminating any chance of bacterial build up.
The disadvantages to Corian are the same as Luxore really. Cost can be an issue for some but if you make the investment you will get many years of enjoyment from your Corian Kitchen Worktop.
Ultimately choosing either of these worktops will give you a high quality material that gives lasting use and pleasure over a long period. Which you choose depends on what you value most. Luxore is more durable, Corian has more colours, can be moulded to shape and is repairable.