- September 6th, 2010
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Time and time again Ive been asked about the uses of Richlite and Paper Stone. There are a lot of misconceptions out there on these products. Especially the price.
Lets start from the beginning. Richlite was originally developed for the boating industry. They produce a product called Whalelite for stringers on boats. They also produce a product called Skatelite for skate board parks.
From this came a need for an architectural product for home and commercial use. Now Richlite is a parer based product and phenolic resins.
Richlite is a green product and you can read all of that here. http://www.richlite.com/countertop/faqenv.html#1
Richlite is used for counter tops, siding on buildings. Cabinet ends and many many more uses.
Fabrication is primarily the same as wood/solid surface. It will cut with carbide blades and can be routered with carbide bits. We prefer to use a cnc as much as possible. Sinks can be under mounted for a truly built in look. Under Counter tops on our web site you will see some examples of tops done with under mounted sinks.
Couple things you need to be aware of when working with Richlite or Paper Stone. It is layers of paper. If you sand through it (high probability if you are not used to working with it) it will leave you with a ring pattern like throwing a rock into a puddle of water. There is no fix for this other than starting over with new material. There is no perfect way to seam this with out proper tools. Ie. Vacuum clamps, biscuit jointer and proper epoxy.
The surface needs to be sanded with a various grits of sand paper to get a smooth glass finish. Again being watchful for sand through.
As far as costs.
There is a lot of opinions running around out there in the internet. The truth is a 4′ x 8′ 1.25″ thick sheet will run you about $1200 with shipping.
We start at $30 per sq foot fabrication/installation and go from there depending on holes, sinks, cook tops, etc. I had a gentleman complain that he knows he can get it done for under $20 a square foot because the internet said so. Since we are the only certified Fabricator in the State of Utah at this time we get the best pricing on the product. The sheet itself costs $37.5 per sq ft. Like they say.
Don’t believe everything you see on the internet.
For more information see www.richlite.com