Corian shower surround material is a brand of solid surface created by DuPont. Its primary use is as a countertop surface, though it has many other applications. It is composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate (ATH), a material derived from bauxite ore.
Simply put, Corian solid surface is an acrylic plastic panel that is waterproof making it perfect for any shower surround.
They are an ideal alternative to tiling, as there are no grout lines and day-to-day cleaning is made simpler thanks to the inconspicuous seams. Designed to remain beautiful. Corian Solid Surface is non-porous, which prevents dirt and stains from penetrating the surface. This makes it easy to clean and hygienic, as bacteria, mold and mildew have nowhere to take hold.
Pros and Cons
Corian Shower Walls – Pros
- Custom Sizes – Showers are available in all shapes and sizes, with no restrictions. Panels may be manufactured and installed in your home to provide an exact fit and finish.
- Waterproof – One big advantage of using Corian for your shower walls instead of ceramic tiles is that it is non-porous and waterproof. This means that instead of seeping into the grout lines, water will roll off the surface of the Corian.
- Seamless – Corian may be bonded together to make virtually invisible, one-piece walls.
- No grout lines – Grout is the bane of every homeowner’s life. When it is installed, it appears beautiful, but because of high porosity, it quickly becomes a haven for mold and mildew. Cleaning grout is difficult, and once it’s damaged, restoring it may be almost impossible.
- No Sealer Needed – Corian shower panels are not required to be sealed. The material is non-porous, and the surface is smooth and attractive.
- Colors and Patterns – With the range of patterns and colors available on the market, it’s a cinch to find a solid surface for your shower that will look great and last for years.
- Refinishable – Silicone joints, shower floor, and panels can all be restored to look brand new without having to remove or replace them.
Corian Shower Walls – Cons
- Price – Corian shower walls are more expensive than tile. However, if you choose a higher-end tile, the costs tend to be comparable.
- No Linear Drains – Corian Solid Surface requires a circular drain in the middle of the shower floor for optimum performance.
If you’re shopping for a new shower surround, Corian Solid Surface is a great option. With custom sizes and no grout lines to worry about, it’s the ideal answer for your bathroom makeover.
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