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Old 01-19-2016, 01:26 PM   #1
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Replacement Countertop Material?

I'm buying a used rig and a couple of the countertops are broken and will need to be replaced. I'm wondering what is the most common material for replacement? Do people usually just go back with Corian or similar solid surface material? I'll obviously stay away from granite due to the weight. And I can't really embrace laminate - even the new "nicer" styles. I much prefer solid surface. Anyway, let me know what you like or what you've used for your replacement tops. Appreciate ya!

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Old 01-19-2016, 01:59 PM   #2
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Corian is a Dupont product and very durable and repairable as a counter surface. The issue is the nature of an RV. It moves, Shakes, Shifts. Corian doesn't take to movement, either do other countertop materials. The places yours is broken are the places it's trying to move. If I was replacing a countertop, I'd want to make sure the base is solidly anchored. I'd also think about mounting the Corian on a plywood base to absorb the movement.

I started out by saying Corian is repairable. A good shop can epoxy cracks in the countertop that will become as strong as the original and invisible. Burns and other marks can often be buffed out of the surface. Before tossing the old, you might have a shop give you an estimate for repairs.


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Old 01-19-2016, 02:00 PM   #3
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I just did a major remodel on my coach and just went with a very nice (IMHO) Corian solid surface.

But now that I think about it, I am not sure if the guy who did the install did any sort of plywood base and I will now go and have a look-see.

So far so good, however.
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I would go with one of the new "thin" granites. They save a lot of weight and use an edging made of granite as well that gives it the look of a full thickness granite. Its the same idea they use on the solid surface counters they use. The counters in my Bounder are made by LG and are similar to corian but are very thin with a wide edge to make them look like regular counters but save weight. If I ever replace mine, its granite all the way!
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What about the new quartz countertops...They are bound in a resin...I wonder if they are more fracture resistant. I also don't know if they come in thinner/lighter configurations. The advantage would be heat resistance...I don't know that it would burn/scorch like Corian. That said my Corian is in good shape after 76k miles.
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