Corian Kitchen Worktops
Call our Preston Kitchen Showroom on 01772 324231 or visit us at Kitchens Preston 1a Allerton Road, Preston PR5 4QD
We can provide you with the ideal kitchen worktop for your dream kitchen. We stock a wide range of kitchen worktops to suit any kitchen whatever your requirements.
Corian Worktops Alvaston, Cheshire
Welcome to our Lancashire Corian Kitchen Showroom website for Corian Kitchen Worktops. We are a Fully licensed and certified Corian Worktop Fabricator in Lancashire, North West England. If you would like to visit our showroom we are located just outside Preston City Centre at 1a Allerton Road, Preston, PR5 4QD
As possibly the largest Corian Kitchen Worktop display in the North West we are sure you won't be disappointed.
Invented and produced by DuPont, Corian is a solid surface offering the possibilty for High tech design possibilities and excellent long-term performance, used both in the home and in many different commercial environments, from hotels to healthcare, to dental clean rooms, to retail, to marine environments.
With its balance of beauty and performance, Corian lends itself to imaginative uses, innovative designs and enduring applications.
If you can imagine it, you can probably create it with Corian.
Available in over 100 colours, Corian can be carved, routed or worked like wood, moulded, thermoformed or inlayed… the design options are almost limitless. Corian Solid Surface Worktops
Solid Surface Worktops, in Cheshire Corian, Staron, Tempest, Hanex, Richlite
Since their introduction to the UK solid surface worktops have become increasingly popular. This increase in popularity can mostly be attributed to the design versatility of these types of kitchen worktop. Initially designed for the health sector the seamless joints used to connect the worktops together, have in more recent times become a hit with architects and home owners alike. The design versatility of products like Corian worktops combined with the aesthetic appeal makes for a winning combination that's difficult to beat.
At Falkingham Fabrication we fabricate all types of solid surface including the main three brands or solid surface worktops Corian Worktops, Staron Worktops and Tempest Worktops.
Corian Worktops Alvaston
Corian Worktops the original solid surface is manufactured by dupont and as the original solid surface is probably the most well known. So what makes Corian worktops the brand leader for solid surface worktops in the industry?
Firstly Corian is made from a 100% acrylic polymer making it harder than some of the cheaper solid surfaces on the market. This in turn negates many of the arguments used by granite salesmen when trying to persuade you to buy Granite Worktops instead of Corian Worktops. If you have been researching Corian worktops for a little time and spoken to sales people here are some of the things you may have heard. Many of the statements applying to cheaper solid surface worktops do not apply to the harder acrylic polymer worktops like Corian, Staron and Tempest.
Corian Worktops Scratch. Corian Scratches But no more than any other kitchen surface.
Corian does scratch but only with excessive use such as repetitively using it as a chopping surface. This is true of all Kitchen Worktops, however the main advantage with solid surface worktops such as Corian worktops is that they can be easily repaired. Most fabricators can provide you with a chopping board in a matching colour to your worktop either included in the price or at a small additional charge. Using this Corian Chopping Board prevents worktop scratches.
Corian Worktops are repairable seamlessly. Most serious worktop damage can be repaired using buffing or patching etc, however in the case of solid surface worktops by matching colour and pattern your worktop can be repaired seamlessly.
You can't put hot pans on Corian. Yes you can.
Corian can withstand the day to day abuse of the modern kitchen and while putting a red hot pan onto any kitchen work surface is ill advised. In the case of solid surface worktops hob bars can easily be routed into the surface next to hobs or "staging areas" within the kitchen. This prevents colour blanching with even very hot pans.At this point it is worth noting that placing an extremely hot pan directly onto any kitchen worktop will create burn marks and or blanching of colour. In most cases manufacturers recommend the use of pan stands and trivets to prevent damage to the worktop.
Corian Worktops are expensive
Ok so there is no such thing as a cheap Corian worktops, however as mentioned in the article above Corian worktops are harder than many other solid surface worktops and are made to last. By buying direct from a Corian Fabricator like us you can SAVE MONEY ON YOUR CORIAN WORKTOPS. As a Fabricator we can save you money both in the long and short term. As a fully licensed and certified fabricator of Corian Worktops the only limit to your creativity is your imagination
Make Sure if you ask for Corian that its Corian you are getting
Corian worktops are high quality 100% Acrylic polymer worktops designed for long lasting durability and versatility backed by a 10 year guarantee from dupont. Many Fabricators offer an alternative solid surface either as a price point or a different colour option or just simply for variety. Some are similar in makeup to Corian such as Staron, Tempest and Hanex being 100% acrylic, however some are there as a price point and are lower quality solid surfaces. This does not pose a problem as long as they are not sold as Corian Worktops. If you aren't using a recommended fabricator you may also encounter blank systems. While blank systems fulfil a requirement they limit the creativity of your kitchen. Many of these products are recommended by kitchen fitters as they are able to fit them without the need for heavy investment in additional tools. A solid surface blank system consists of a limited number of colours available in fixed widths and lengths. This reduces the overall cost of the kitchen worktops but reduces the creativity available to the kitchen designer.
Using a Certified and licensed Corian Worktops Fabricator
Using a certified fabricator up until a few years ago was a difficult prospect. Corian fabricators dealt with kitchen retailers and had little or no contact with members of the general public. Kitchen retailers where fiercely protective of their contacts as this enabled them to keep margins high. In more recent times however the internet has played an integral part in the solid surface market place. With so many companies offering worktops such as Corian, customers invariably find fabricators websites. By using a Certified and licensed Corian fabricator like us the work carried out by the fabricator is covered by DuPont's 10 year limited warranty programme.
Corian Colours 2012
Corian colours are grouped from 1 to 4 with 4 being the most expensive colour banding. It is however worth noting that dues to the large amount of commercial work being carried out by Falkingham Fabrications in some colours that wherever possible we will pass on savings to our customers.
Many of the colours have specific properties designed to cope with the specific requirements within the domestic and commercial environment. The Links below are designed to help you quickly navigate to the relevant colours should you have a specific requirement along with details of some of the corian colours.
- Complete Corian Colour Pallette
- Corian Colours with Extended Lead Times and minimum order requirements
- Corian Sensitive Colours
- Corian Colours for Exterior Use
- Corian Venaro Colours
- Corian Stone Colours
- Corian Metallic Colours
Group 1 Commercially Available Colours
Group 2 Commercially Available Colours
Group 3 Commercially Available Colours
Group 4 Commercially Available Colours
Saturated and Dark Corian colours will show dust, scratches and other wear and tear more visibly than lighter and less saturated ones. Therefore we reccommend that the following colours should not be used in applications where the surface is exposed to heavy use and contact for example kitchen worktops. If you do want to incorporate any of these colours into your kitchen consider using them in areas of low impact for example as corian splashbacks.
Using years of technical expertise Corian have created a range of colours which are deemed suitable for outdoor use and are covered by a ten year UV warranty. This guarantee covers the colours listed below against fading more than 5E CIE L*a*b units and gloss loss not exceeding 40%. For more details please call us on 01772 324231. The 37 colours covered by this limited warranty are shown below.
The colours of the Corian Venaro Family offer a unique double sided texture with subtle veining on one side, and more pronounced veining on the other. Face side or back side of these colours may be used according to preference. Veining patterns on these colours is random and is not guaranteed to have the same colour and intensity between sheets, and due to the random nature of veins patterns are unlikely to be continuous through joins. Venaro family colours are listed below
Stone family colours have random veins, colour shades and particles as part of the aesthetics. Due to these random patterns it is unlikely to have a continuous flow of the pattern when 2 sheets or 2 pieces of the same sheet are seamed together. The Change of the pattern will show up on the seam area.
The Corian metallic colors offer three types of aesthetics with metallic reflectivity. There are five solid colors: Bronzite, Copperite, Olivite, and Silverite. The metallic pigments in the solid colors reflect light in a directional manner. Depending on the design goals, the objective may be to either maximize or minimize the directional effect relative to a reference point. For best visual results, you will need to consider directionality of the sheet, lighting type and locations from where observers will view the sheet, the impact on layout, and assembly techniques.
Confused? Don't worry Corian directional colours have a grain (Think wood grain). When two pieces are joined together in certain lights the two pieces may look a different colour due to this graining effect.
Corian is a specialist material made by DuPont. A blend of natural materials and acrylic polymer, Corian can be made into worktops and sinks, as well as other horizontal and vertical surfaces.
Corian is a versatile design material, with many uses across a wide range of sectors. In the home - where it began - Corian? creates beautiful kitchens and bathrooms, furniture and lighting. But it can also be found in shops, restaurants, hospitals, offices?.almost any environment where design and long-term performance are important.
Corian in Shops
In retail spaces, Corian combines versatility with practicality. Because it is formable, it can be thermoformed to fit tight areas or create dramatic impressions. Because it is solid all the way through, it can be inlaid or carved to showcase store logos. Because it is translucent, it can be backlit to add visual impact. Corian can be used to create indoor or outdoor store fronts, signage and wall cladding, counter and checkout areas, and display cases for virtually any kind of retail environment
Corian in Food Service
Service, food quality and ambiance are key ingredients in a pleasurable dining experience. And the surface materials used make a difference, both in creating an appealing atmosphere and in ensuring that the fresh, clean appearance lasts. Corian not only has the design credentials needed, it is also inherently hygienic. It recently became the only material (along with DuPont Zodiaq) to be awarded a hygiene certificate by LGA QualiTest GmbH, the prestigious German independent product-testing centre.
Corian in Hotels
In hotels, a guest's first impression is key. Stained tabletops and chipped vanities can be a real turn-off. Whether it's the reception area or the bedroom, a fresh, clean, welcoming atmosphere can make the difference between a one-time visitor and a regular guest. With its proven track record in the hotel industry, Corian is often selected for its aesthetics, its design versatility and its overall performance characteristics.
Corian in Marine Environments
Corian has become increasingly popular with marine architects because of its unique combination of aesthetics and functionality. Highly durable and easy to repair, Corian is a sensible choice for areas exposed to moisture, UV rays and extreme temperatures. Corian is the surface material of choice on yachts, cruise ships, ferries, naval vessels, houseboats, offshore platforms, sailboats and powerboats.
The assets of Corian in the field of medicine
Hygienic: Corian installations are homogeneous,non-porous and free of open joints, so they do not delaminate or promote the formation of bacteria and micro-organisms, thereby reducing the riskof cross-infection.
Easy to clean: Large work surfaces and integrated bowls without any visible joints are exceptionally easy to clean. What is more, as Corian can be thermoformed, it can be used to create rounded finishes where vertical and horizontal elements meet, thereby facilitating cleaning.
Stain resistant: As it is non-porous, Corian prevents infiltration by liquids, fluids and chemical products (acids, bases and reagents). If persistent stains remain after the surface has been wiped, they can easily be removed using an abrasive pad or very fine sandpaper.
Lasting and renewable: Corian is extremely sturdy and able to withstand wear and tear over time as well as frequent and repeated use. In addition, if it is damaged, the installation can be repaired on site so that it always looks in prime condition, while keeping the extent of the work to a minimum.
Helps save time and money: Corian can easily be installed on an existing covering, which saves the cost of removal and replacement.
Attractive and functional: Thanks to its ability to be thermoformed or inlayed, Corian offers a virtually endless range of design possibilities. In addition, it can be combined very effectively with other commonly used materials such as stainless steel, and is available in over 100 colours, opening up countless ways of personalising your applications.
Managers of hospitals, clinics, laboratories and consulting rooms today recognise the importance for both patients and their visitors of a pleasant reception and care environment. They appreciate that calming, comfortable surroundings will promote recovery more quickly than the institutional coldness that has traditionally been characteristic of hospitals.
Corian combines an attractive appearance with effective, reliable performance, allowing it to meet both the health requirements of a medical institution (fighting against cross-infection and ensuring hygiene) and the patients' and nursing staff's need for comfort. Produced exclusively by DuPont, Corian? combines natural minerals and state-of-the-art acrylic polymers already used in medicine. This thermoformable, non-toxic and hypoallergenic material is the perfect choice when renovating medical facilities. Finally, thanks to its durability and the ease with which it can be repaired on site, Corian retains its value over the years, representing a long-term investment in line with the brand image and the quality of your institution.
- SURGICAL TRAYS
- ENDOSCOPIC UNITS
- WET AND DRY BENCHES
- WALL CLADDING FOR OPERATING AREAS
- NEONATOLOGY, ENDOSCOPY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE SERVICES
- NURSING STATION WORKTOPS
- RECEPTION COUNTERS
- BOWL AND SHOWER SURFACES IN PATIENTS' ROOMS, HAND BASINS
- PHARMACY COUNTERS AND LABORATORY TABLES
- PUBLIC WASHROOMS
- CAFETERIA, BUFFET AND RECEPTION TABLES
- AUTOPSY TABLES
Non-toxic: Corian is an inert, non-toxic and hypoallergenic material. As such, it is used for delicate applications such as cladding the walls and work surfaces in operating areas, clean rooms and intensive care units. In the event of fire, it has the flame-retardant properties of alumina trihydrate and does not release a single molecule of halogen gases.
Complies with Health and Safty regulations: Corian is an excellent choice for areas that must meet the most stringent regulatory standards, for example food-handling areas. In addition, as Corian? can be moulded and thermoformed, it can be used to create ergonomic passageways and workstations without sharp edges or projecting corners, accommodating wheelchairs.
Corian In The Operating Theatre
The operating area is a place where asepsis is the top priority. The non-porosity of Corian, its lack of open joints and the rounded corners that can be created using this material guarantee that it is extremely easy to clean, both for horizontal surfaces and for walls and specific applications. Corian is used to equip new operating theatres and to renovate existing surgery units.
The assets of Corian in the operating theatre
Hygienic- extremely easy to clean and maintain- complete absence of joints Inner corners rounded by thermoforming- easy to install and repair- can be installed simply by covering existing surfaces
SURGICAL BENCHES (DRY AND WET):
Hygienic- customised configuration(single, double or triple unit)
Highly resistant to aggressive substances- prevents formation of bacteria, easy to disinfect
CORIAN IN PATIENTS' ROOMS AND BATHROOMS
FITTED WASHSTAND SURFACES, HAND BASINS, SHOWER WALLS AND BASES, SIDE TABLE, SKIRTING BOARDS, FRAMES AND WINDOW SILLS
There is clear evidence that a comfortable environment has a positive effect on patients' convalescence. Thanks to its flexibility in design and its range of colours, Corian can be used to create a pleasant setting without compromising on hygiene. In addition, its modularity means that it can be used even in the most cramped areas - to create vanity tops to fit a shower room, to clad shower walls, or to provide a shower base that is accessible to the disabled.
The assets of Corian for patients' rooms and bathrooms
- Hygienic - non-porous, can be assembled with inconspicuous joints,making it easy to clean and maintain
- Thermoformable and modular in linewith the configuration of the rooms
- Attractive solution creating a warmand pleasant atmosphere promoting recovery
- Warm and soft to touch
- Available in over 100 colours
- Material can be repaired on site
- Resistant to shocks and the wear caused by intensive use
- Excellent long-term investment
CORIAN AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE, THE HIV VIRUS, X-RAYS AND THE PREVENTION OF CROSS-INFECTION
As is the case with all materials used in sensitive locations, Corian has undergone numerous laboratory tests and trials designed to certify its safety for both nuclear medicine applications and for X-ray facilities or facilities that come into contact with fluids and tissue infected with the HIV virus. Test reports reveal the suitability of Corian for this high-risk purpose.
CORIAN IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE
Corian is a non-porous material that can be easily decontaminated, even at extremely high levels of radiation. Laboratory tests have shown that Corian surfaces contaminated with very high levels of 14 C, 3 H, 35 S and 32 S radioisotopes can be very easily decontaminated using an abrasive pad. Repeated contamination/decontamination tests have yielded equally satisfying results.
Corian samples were decontaminated to a level of activity of less than 100 disintegrations per minute (dpm) per 100-cm2 area, that is an absorbed dose of less than 0.2 mrad.
CORIAN AND X-RAYS
High levels of radioactive contamination can easily be removed from Corian installations.Corian is effectively cleansed of radioactive contamination by gentle sanding with fine sandpaper followed by treatment with Countoff. Following this process, the contamination is below the levels tolerated for zones that can be accessed freely without protective equipment and the Corian installation shows no visual signs of discolouration or delamination.
CORIAN AND HIV
Corian can be easily cleansed of the human immune deficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. Corian does not release any products harmful to the growth of infected tissue cells and likely to adversely affect the analyses carried out in the laboratory. The tests performed by the DuPont Applied Biotechnology Group show that a Corian surface can be cleansed of high concentrations of the HIV virus simply by rinsing with a dilute solution of bleach. A 10% solution of common bleach (0.5% sodium hypochlorite) eliminates all HIV infection from contaminated Corian surfaces.
CORIAN AND CROSS-INFECTIONS
The hygienic qualities of Corian reduce the possibility of cross-infection to a minimum in all areas requiring particular hygiene. The nonporosity of the material, together with its lack of open joints, prevents the formation of bacteria while facilitating the cleaning of the installation
CORIAN IN THE LABORATORY
Outstanding aesthetic qualities Cleanliness is vitally important in laboratories. With its hygienic qualities and its high performance levels, Corian is ideal for this type of application, while at the same time blending perfectly with other materials. It enhances the image of your laboratory and creates a more pleasant and efficient working environment.
The assets of Corian in the laboratory
- Good thermal and chemical resistance
- Assembled with inconspicuous joints
- Ergonomic benches all in one piece with fitted sinks
- Easy to clean, including persistent stains
- Non-porous and homogeneous
- Can be repaired on site
- Can be combined with other materials
- Attractive, comfortable and effective
- Available in over 100 colours, with numerous edge treatments possible.
OTHER CORIAN APPLICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHMENTS
- RECEPTION AREAS,
- PUBLIC WASHROOMS,
- SIGNS, ETC
Corian provides a perfect solution for the general services in hospitals. Its elegance, its modularity and its wear resistance make it the preferred material for cladding reception areas, corridors and waiting rooms, while its hygienic qualities make it the ideal choice for public washrooms. In the cafeteria, the neonatology department or for a custom-designed sign system, Corian guarantees both a hygienic environment and the comfort of patients and their visitors.
The assets of Corian in other hospital environments
MATERNITY AND PAEDIATRICS:
Soft and warm to touch, providing comfort for babies and nursing staff Workstations with fitted bathtubs at room temperature
- Attractive and elegant, for increased comfort
- Resistant to intensive use
- Thermoformable, enabling distinctive designs
- Wide range of colours
RESTAURANT AND CAFETERIA:
Non-porous and hygienic, therefore easy to clean Possibility of creating large, customised surface Containers fitted without visible joints Meets foodstuffs standards
- Easy to clean
- Can be configured as required,
- Including for the disabled
- Possibility of avoiding corners
Original signs that can be personalised Range of colours enabling the use of colour codes