Q. Can I put a hot pot on my Corian®?
A. It is not recommended. When excessive heat (300°)
and pressure (weight) are applied to the surface you may get a
Q. What if I do damage my Corian®
A. Corian® is repairable. Cracked
or heat damaged sections can be removed and a new color matched
piece seamed in it's place. Each customer receives a piece of
color matched material to use in this event.
Q. Can I use my Corian® countertop
as a cutting board?
A. It is not recommended. Although minor scratches can
easily be removed, regular cutting on your countertop will necessitate
more maintenance by the homeowner. Each customer gets a cutting
board made from sink cutout material.
Q. Will anything stain my Corian®
A. No. Corian® is non-pours
so nothing permanently stains it. Some items may leave a residue
on Corian® that looks like a stain
but those are easily removed. Customers receive a Care & Maintenance
Kit and Video to show them how to clean their countertop.
Q. Is there any special care for Corian®?
A. Unlike granite, marble or tile there is no annual sealing
recommended. Because Corian® is non-porous
there is no reason to seal.
Q. What does the warranty cover?
A. Du Pont's 10-Year Warranty covers any
failure of a Corian® countertop. This
includes material failures or those that may be a result of fabrication
or instillation error. It does not include customer abuse (i.e.
hitting a countertop with a blunt heavy object)
Q. What is the difference between Corian®
and the other brands?
A. Corian® was invented thirty-five
years ago. No product has been on the market and tested as long.
Corian® has a secret acrylic formula
that is entirely unique. The majority of competitive brands are
made from polyester resins. Acrylic is superior to polyester in
the following ways:
- Greater impact resistance
- Harder and yet less brittle
- U/V stable, won't fade
- Stronger seams (Chemical bond Vs. Mechanical bond)
Other acrylic manufacturers have limited color selections, and
inferior acrylic blend and yet are priced similarly. Their inferior
acrylic blends are vulnerable to discoloration from common household
cleaners (use recommended against in their literature).
Q. Isn't this new solid surface veneer the same thing
as Corian® but cheaper?
A. By definition any true solid surface is in a superior
product category vs any veneer. This is evidenced by the fact
that veneer manufactures continue to produce a 1/2" solid
surface and promote it as the "pinnacle" of countertops
Corian®, in particular, has a superior
acrylic formula that unlike veneer won't be discolored by ordinary
household cleaners (Clorox, 409, Fantastik). And Corian®
won't delaminate under any circumstances since it is not applied
to a full substrate. Because it is solid acrylic and not overlaid
to particleboard, Corian® is 'waterproof'
not just water-resistant. Whereas water that can easily get behind
backsplashes and other areas will damage the particleboard support
for a veneer, Corian® will be unharmed.
Zodiaq® Quartz Surfaces
Q. What kind of impact can the quartz surface withstand?
A. Being the fourth hardest mineral on the Mohs Hardness
Scale, you would have to strike it very hard with a blunt instrument.
Note: nothing is indestructible.
Q. What is the heat resistance threshold
A. You can put a hot pot directly onto the surface, however, it
is recommended that you use a trivet.
Q. How are "out-of-square-walls" handled when
A. A template is made for each job, each top is made exactly
to what the builder has built, to eliminate gaps.
Q. What if there are outlets where the back splash goes?
A. Outlets can be cut through the Zodiaq®
splash, which is 3/4" thick, the electrician may want to
move them above the splash.
Q. How is the overhang for bar tops supported?
A. Several flat steel supports are screwed into the pony
wall and are painted white or black. The customer may ask to have
cabinet-matching corbels used as an option from their builder.
Q. What if the short wall is not level for the bar top
to sit on?
A. The short wall is always out of level. Shims are used
to level the bar top and the trim carpenter trims below the bare
Q. What if the Zodiaq® counter
top gets scratched?
A. Because Zodiaq® is very hard
this is a rare occurrence. Some scratches can be buffed out by
the homeowner. Deep scratches require sanding with diamond-grit
sanders by a professional.
Q. Can you cut directly on the counter top?
A. You can, but you will dull your knife. It is recommended
that you use a cutting board, especially when using a serrated
Q. What can damage it?
A. Heavy objects and hard blows with something like a hammer,
steel pipe, etc.
Q. Can anything stain it?
A. Zodiaq® is non-porous, nothing
will stain it.
Q. What is Zodiaq®?
A. It's a new category of surfacing materials and a new
brand from DuPont.
Q. Okay, so what is it?
A. 93% natural quartz crystals, impregnated with sealer
and blended with color pigments to create a stone surface that
is non-porous, stain resistant and is color consistent, backed
by a 10-year warranty.
Q. How is it different than Corian®?
A. It has the look and feel of natural stone, similar to
granite. A Zodiaq® top has discreet
visible seams, is hard and cool to the touch, and use drop-in
or under-mount sinks. Whereas Corian®
has "indistinguishable" seams, is soft and warm to the
touch and the famous integral sinks are used.
Q. How does it compare to granite?
A. Zodiaq® doesn't compare to
granite. DuPont took the love a natural aesthetics and went a
few steps further. Zodiaq® is much
stronger than granite, it is comprised of 93% quartz and granite
is only approximately 40-50%. Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral
on the Mohs Hardness Scale. (1. Diamond 2. Topaz 3. Sapphire 4.
Quartz) With the mixture of a sealer blended throughout the material,
Zodiaq® never needs sealing, it comes
non-porous and stain resistant. And the 10-year warranty is a
Q. What is the process for selecting the color?
A. There are sample boxes and wall hung displays for selecting
colors right in your own design center. Because the color is consistent,
there is no need to make a trip to the stone yard.
Q. What about angles and L-shaped counter tops, are there
seams? What do the look like?
A. Zodiaq® tops do have surface
seams. They are color matched using DuPont pigments to blend with
the background color of the Zodiaq®
top to be "discreet".
Q. Zodiaq® is generally more
expensive than granite, why is that?
A. Because it is an improved product. The customer is purchasing
"peace-of-mind". Low maintenance, a brand name product
with a warranty! DuPont, DuPont, DuPont!!
Q. Who is buying DuPont Zodiaq®?
A. The educated home buyer. We are entering a generation
of buyers that have already had Corian and want something different,
unique. Zodiaq® offers design flexibility,
color and pattern versatility and gives the customer the satisfaction
of showing off a beautiful, easy-care and functional kitchen surface.
Q. Is there a warranty?
A. 10-year installed warranty, backed by the DuPont Enterprise
that you have come to know and trust with Corian®
over the last 37+ years.
Q. What kind of care kit comes with the Zodiaq®
A. An easy to follow care and maintenance tips, a plastic
putty knife (for gum or such), a chamois cloth (for wiping down)
and a small bottle of Greased Lightning (for "gunk"