Wilmington, Del. — Wilmington-based Corian Design, a division of DuPont Safety & Construction, is producing wide-sheet dimensions of its Class A fire-rated products to increase commercial design applications for fabricators and architects.
The new 60-inch sheets expand options for large-scale commercial projects and businesses needing nonporous, easy-to-clean surfaces, particularly in the health care, education, foodservice and retail markets. Corian is a composite made with acrylic and minerals derived from bauxite.
The wider sheets also reduce installation time. Contractors no longer need to join multiple smaller--sheet seams, which means the product is faster and less labor-intensive to install.
Called Corian Solid Surface, the wide-sheet dimensions will help fabrication and architectural designers solve more challenges, according to Catherine Congress, Americas commercial marketing leader at Corian Design.
"The product represents an expanded opportunity to serve our customers with a solution that can cover more space with less material waste and provide easier installation periods," Congress said in a news release.
Corian officials estimate the wider sheets can be installed up to 50 percent faster while using 50 percent less material than standard 30-inch sheet sizes for a total cost savings up to 26 percent. The cost savings is based on a hospital room vertical application in the color Glacier White.
The wide-sheet product line is gold certified by Greenguard and can contribute to green building practices and accreditations.