Do you know what paperstone is? What about paperstone countertops? Paperstone is said to be the "greenest architectural surface on the planet". I have been studying the paperstone product and evaluating it as a possible countertop option....
What is paperstone and what is it made of?
Paperstone is a paper composite, although it’s called paperstone, it has little in common with stone. It’s basically paper bonded with phenolic resins. So it’s marketing is really set on its green credentials.
It’s fabricated in the US, by a company called Paneltech Products, Inc.. They’ve been in business since 1996, and are located in Hoquiam, Washington. The manufacturing facility includes their own resin plant, as their phenolic resin is also a featured product, as it’s trademarked PetroFree phenolic resin.
How to make countertops and other cut to size pieces from paperstone?
Paperstone like all other composite materials, are sold in panels, with three different standard sizes: 5' X 12'(1524 x 3657mm), 5' X 10' (1524 x 3048mm), 5' X 8' (1524 x 2438mm). They have a wide range of thicknesses available, namely: for the 5’x12’ they have it available in 1/4” (6mm) and 3/8” (9mm) thickness; the 5’x10’ panel they have these in 1/2”(13mm) and 3/4” (19mm) thickness, the 5’x8’ panels are sold in 1”(25mm) and 1 1/4” (31mm) thickness.
It is said that paperstone is easily worked, unlike composite stones, paperstone is managed with carbide-tip woodworking tools. So it’s far from being a composite stone, as it may be solid and resistant, but not a stone like composite.