Recycled Paper Countertops Wow with Look and Durability

RichliteEye catching and durable, recycled paper countertops are a great green home material, and they surprise many with warmth like that of stone countertop option. Recycled paper countertops are composed of postconsumer wastepaper, nonpetroleum-based resins and pigments.  This mix is heated and compressed into a dense, monolithic slab with a feel that’s often compared to a warm, soft stone, like soapstone.

The primary manufacturers, PaperStone, Richlite, ShetkaStone and Kliptech, all offer several colors, though the material typically is available only in medium to dark hues, all in a smart-looking matte finish.  Recycled paper countertops generally cost $40 to $80 per foot.

The dense, durable, nonporous construction makes recycled paper surfaces stain resistant and easy to maintain. Because this material is a heavier weight than natural stone, slabs should always be used with a corbel or countertop support bracket to accommodate the additional weight.  The material is heat resistant only to 350 degrees, so, as with many kitchen surfaces, it’s best to keep trivets nearby.

Recycled paper countertops are easy to clean with a damp cloth, though skip the soap and wipe up any moisture to ensure that your slab and finish look great for a long time.

To learn more about recycled paper countertops or corbels visit the Metropolis Iron Learning Center.

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