Today, we’re looking at some hard-surface countertop materials, specifically products made with recycled paper. Green Goods has two different companies, Richlite and Paperstone, that both have a product of FSC certified, recycled content.
The countertop is made up of thousands of sheets of paper put together with a proprietary binder which creates an incredibly hard surface as hard as stone. It originally came out as an exterior product because it doesn’t expand and contract with water. It’s very durable and is a similar material to skatelite (skateboard ramp material) which has also been used for exterior cladding on commercial buildings and in laboratories since it doesn’t absorb liquids.
Richlite has the rain shadow product, which has exterior wall application, for places such as bathtub surrounds and backsplashes. It also can be used for bathroom vanities and kitchen countertops.
It can come in ⅛” to 1 ½” thickness and has the ability to be laminated, however a solid piece is preferred if you wish to use wood-working tools on it to create different edge styles.
As far as it’s durability, when we talk about solid surfaces for countertops, what we’re concerned about is staining, scratching, chipping, and cracks developing. This countertop is a very durable and will take very little staining once you apply it’s sealer. It does, however, get small scuffs here and there but it is possible to repair them by buffing them out and reapplying the sealer. It doesn’t chip or scratch and is so hard that you can’t even shoot a nail through it.
There’s also the Paperstone product, which has the same program as Richlite’s. They are known to be a little more environmentally friendly due to the FSC certification on everything they produce. They also have different color options in case Richlite doesn’t carry the color you want.
So when choosing a countertop from these two companies, they are very similar, just with some different options depending on what you are looking for when renovating. It’s a great product due to its waterproofing sealer and it’s durability for both interior and exterior.
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