Corian countertops are made of a mix of acrylic polymers and stone, making them uniform throughout and less expensive than natural stone. Use of polymers allows the manufacturer to create the countertop in colors not available in nature. Corian is less prone to cracking and easier to mill than stone.
The uniformity of Corian allows resurfacing the countertop if damage occurs after several years of wear. In this case, the repair technician brings in power tools and resurfaces the material without having to remove it from the counter.
While the cost of installing Corian is about the same as installing natural stone, the material itself is less expensive. As of 2015, prices begin at $40 per square foot, but custom fabrication sometimes increases the price to $130 per square foot.
Manufacturers offer Corian in a wide variety of stock colors but also allow buyers to choose custom colors for their countertop. It is possible to send a fabric swatch to the manufacturer for an exact color match.
Corian is more flexible than stone, which helps to protect both the dishes that fall on the counter and the countertop. The flexibility reduces the chances of cracks during installation. Installers can use tools to mill edges and backsplashes on-site, while most natural stone requires milling at the factory.