Recycled Paper Countertops | Should I Install This In My Kitchen?

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

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.


Paperstone

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.


Overall

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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Oil v. Polyurethane | How Should I Finish My Hardwood Floors?

We’re going to look at the oil-finishes versus polyurethane finishes on hardwood flooring and paneling. Specifically, we’re going to talk about US Floor’s Castle Combe collection and their oil-finish.


Oil-Finish

When describing the oil-finish, we typically call it a European Floor finish just because it is more common as a floor finish across the Atlantic. When people think of oil floors, they think of wax and the possibility of redoing it once a year, but the technology related to oil-finishes has come a long way since then. Now, you’re not going to get the waxy build up in the seams, where you get extensive dirt like in a traditional oil floor.

It’s a one coat process where they apply it by buffing it in. The oil will then set in and has a chemical reaction with the top layer of the wood to harden it. While it does soak in, unlike a traditional finish, it will not continue to soak in year after year but instead build up on the top.

If you do get a scratch in the floor, like if a dog comes along with their nails, and the wood is exposed, it’s a lot easier to fix then a polyurethane floor. You don’t need to sand down the finish, instead you can come into those spots, buff them out to the degree you need to make the wood look more continuous and then put the oil down which will make the scratches all but disappear.

Water, wine, any liquid will puddle on top of the oil, meaning it will not penetrate the wood. With that being said, you’ll want to perform standard care and clean it up as soon as you can. You will have to recoat it, maybe not every year but it depends on how active your household is (every 2-3 years for a standard household).

The oil-finish is a one coat process since in the factory, US Floors UV cures it, which means it helps it cure harder and quicker. It is NVOC, an all-natural product so you don’t have the off-gassing.

Aesthetically, what you’re getting with an oil-finish floor is a handmade, natural looking product with a matte finish that allows you to see the warmth of the wood. A lot of the hardwoods are either wire-brushed or hand-huned.


Polyurethane Finish

One of the first things you’ll notice about the difference between the two is that the polyurethane finish has a sheen, whereas the oil-finish is matte and has a more rustic feel. The polyurethane finish looks very bright and is more common as a material than it’s oil-finished counterpart.

The original process for finishing hardwood was to install them, sand them, and then place three layers of finish on them. Most would come in either a semi-gloss or a matte finish, in which the semi-gloss would reflect more light and therefore a brighter floor. Now in the advent of floors, it makes it more affordable and quicker to install by having engineered floors that come prefinished.

Since the polyurethane is glossier than the oil-finish, scratches are more noticeable. If you do get a scratch on a board and you want to touch it up, you have to tape it off from the rest of the pieces, completely sand it down, and re-lay your finish. The one benefit of polyurethane over oil-finish is that you don’t have to refinish it every few years, as it’s finish is a one-time thing.


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