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?
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