More on Paper Countertops

More on Paper Countertops

Regina Yunghans
May 18, 2010

We briefly touched on high density paper countertops in the Corian Plus Six Alternatives post. But we think the material deserves a little bit closer look since it's so new to the world of countertop materials:

  • It's green: The material's made from post-consumer waste, recycled paper and resins.
  • It's beautiful: We just saw a newly-installed "paper" countertop last weekend. It was matte in finish and had a color like slate with ever-so-slight variation. It felt very dense and hard, but warm at the same time. It has more of a material quality than solid surfacing, which feels somewhat cold and sterile.
  • Workability: The material can be worked with traditional and readily-available woodworking power tools like circular saws and routers.
  • Cost: The material cost is comparable to stone or Corian countertops. However, the installed cost may be a bit lower due to ease of workability.

For further information on the various manufacturers of resin-impregnated paper countertops, visit re-nest. If you would like to try out the material on a small scale before making the jump to a kitchen full of it, we recommend a test run with a $25 cutting board like one of these made from Richlite or PaperStone.

Related: Good Question: What Is the Best Material for a Kitchen Work Surface?

(Image: Ecolution NW)

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