Every kitchen needs a nice countertop that can handle the bustle and heat of everyday cooking. Corian countertops (a countertop branded by Dupont) are incredibly popular in the market right now. But can you actually put your hot pans and pots on top of them without causing damage to the surface?
You cannot put hot pans on Corian countertops, as these surfaces are prone to excessive heat. The maximum heat that a Corian countertop can handle is 100°C (or 212°F). Use a hot pad or trivet when placing hot pans on these surfaces.
In this article, we will explore this topic in detail. We will also look at the heat resistant abilities of some of the popular alternatives to Corian countertops in the market.
How Much Heat Can Corian Countertops Handle?
Corian countertops have been designed in a way that allows them to handle a fair amount of heat. These countertops can easily resist heat of up to 212°F (or 100°C). To those of you who did not know, that is the temperature of boiling water.
As far as heat resistance goes, this is as high a Corian countertop can handle. Things at a higher temperature, like boiling oil or a pan containing boiling oil, can damage the countertop. An open flame can also damage Corian countertops.
So, the answer to the question of whether or not you can put hot pans on Corian countertops is a resounding no.
So what if you accidentally place a few hot pans on Corian Countertops. Well, you might not notice any changes in the first few times, but eventually, it can lead to a mark or even a crack. It is recommended to have a hot pad or trivet around in the countertop to place all your hot pans.
If you keep these things lying around, your mind will, in time, get accustomed to placing all the hot pans over them without even thinking about it.
Here is a video explaining the heat resistance of Corian countertops:
Repairing Corian Countertops
So despite all the warning, you have managed to place enough hot pans over your Corian countertop, leaving a mark, a crack, or perhaps it was some kitchen accident that has rendered your Corian countertop damaged. What should you do?
Fortunately, Corian countertops are incredibly easy to repair or, if needed, even replace. You can contact a Corian technician or your retailer and request a repair. They can easily remove any marks or cracked portions from your countertop.
Heat Resistance: How Do Corian Countertops Compare to Other Countertops?
Corian countertops are incredibly popular in the market. But they are not the only kitchen countertops in the market. There are plenty of alternatives, some that are more equipped to handle the wear, tear and heat of the everyday kitchen use.
This section will look at 6 different alternatives to Corian countertops and their respective abilities to handle hot pans and pots:
- Soapstone countertops – Soapstone countertops are perhaps the most heat resistant countertops in the market. You will not have to worry about placing any hot pot or pan on top of them. However, they are quite prone to scratching.
- Granite countertops – Granite countertops are made of granite, a natural stone composite containing many different minerals held together. For this reason, they are quite susceptible to thermal shock and could crack when exposed to heat.
- Marble countertops – Marble is generally not recommended as a kitchen countertop. Marble countertops are even more susceptible to thermal shock than granite countertops. Furthermore, they are also more prone to chemical damage, which even the most common kitchen items such as vinegar, lime, juice, etc. can trigger.
- Quartz countertops – While Quartz countertops can handle a fair amount of heat, sudden change in temperature can result in cracking due to thermal shock. So they cannot handle hot pans either. However, they are quite effective against scratches, more so than the other countertops in this list.
- Sintered surfaces – Sintered surfaces are created using quartz, glass, and porcelain. This combination can handle heat well. So you can place hot pots or pans on these surfaces without any issue.
You should never directly place hot pots or pans on Corian countertops. These surfaces can only handle heat of around 100°C (or 212°F), and any temperature higher than that causes permanent damage. It is recommended that you use hot pads or trivets when placing hot pots on Corian countertops.