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Richlite
Paper Composite Panels

Richlite is an FSC® certified product, made from post-consumer recycled paper. Sheets of paper are stacked up and saturated with a phenolic resin, then heat and pressure are applied. The resin then thermosets permanently with zero off-gassing. Learn more about how Richlite is made.

First used in 1943, the U.S. military made drop boxes out of Richlite. Because these boxes were dropped from supply planes, they needed to be durable and waterproof. After World War II, Richlite was used for industrial applications at Boeing Airlines. Because of Richlite's durability and the way that it machines just like metal, Boeing has used Richlite for machine parts on their airplanes. Later on the material was used for skate ramps due to its smooth, flexible makeup.

Richlite has become a popular option for interior and exterior architectural surfaces and furniture. The durable, waterproof material is perfect for exterior cladding and rainscreens, but is also aesthetically pleasing enough for interior wall paneling, countertops and cabinetry.

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Richlite has become a popular option for interior and exterior architectural surfaces and furniture. The durable, waterproof material is perfect for exterior cladding and rainscreens, but is also aesthetically pleasing enough for interior wall paneling, countertops and cabinetry.

In the U.S. we distribute Richlite to New England, as far west as Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennesse and as far south as South Carolina (View Our Distribution Territories). Keep scrolling to learn even more about Richlite.

Applications

  • Counters & Table Tops
  • Restaurant Surfaces & Furniture
  • Retail Surfaces & Fixtures
  • Kitchen & Bath Surfaces
  • Interior Paneling
  • Exterior Façade & Cladding
    (see Richlite Exterior)
  • Industrial & OEM Applications
  • Flooring & Stair Treads
  • Skateboard Ramps & Surfaces

Benefits

  • Durable & Scratch Resistant
  • Head & Stain Resistant
  • Safe & Sanitary
    (NSF Certified Options)
  • Non-Toxic & Odorless
  • Naturally Warm
  • Milled with Standard Tools
  • Beautiful Patina
  • Extended Cantilevers & Long Spans
  • Made in the USA

Certifications

Size Options

  • 5’ x 12’
  • 5’ x 10’
  • 4’ x 12’
  • 4’ x 10’
  • 30” x 120”
  • 30” x 144”
  • Thicknesses range from 1/8” to 3”
  • See Sizing Chart

Product Lines

As Richlite ages, its color will become darker, richer, warmer and more dramatic. Richlite has a "mottled" appearance, due to the variation occuring naturally within the fibers of the paper that Richlite is composed of.

Black Diamond

Black Diamond

Grays Harbor

Grays Harbor

Chocolate Glacier

Chocolate Glacier

Browns Point

Browns Point

r50

r50

Maple Valley (r100)

Maple Valley (r100)

Redstone

Redstone

Blue Canyon

Blue Canyon

Northwest Series

Richlite's Northwest line is available in FSC® Certified and recycled colors named after landmarks near Richlite's headquarters in Tacoma, Washington; Grays Harbor, Chocolate Glacier, Yellow Island, Blue Canyon, Redstone, Black Diamond, Browns Point, and Green Mountain. Other recycled products include r50 and r100, names which reflect their percentage of recycled content.

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Rainier - 1 1/4

Rainier - 1 1/4"

Shasta - 1 1/4

Shasta - 1 1/4"

Adams - 1

Adams - 1"

Hood - 1

Hood - 1"

Little Tahoma - 1/2

Little Tahoma - 1/2"

Baker - 1/2

Baker - 1/2"

Cascade Series

The Cascade Mountain Range is the inspiration for Richlite Company's line of layered products. Rainier, Shasta, Adams, Hood, Little Tahoma and Baker are the six tallest peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range.

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Applied Finishes

These are finishes that can be achieved by a professional millworker or fabricator. Please consult the Richlite Fabrication Guide for more details.

NOTE: These are finishes that can be achieved by a professional millworker or fabricator. Richlite panels are shipped with a mill finish. Please consult the Richlite Fabrication Guide for more details.

Honed Finish

Looking for more of a satin look? A simple sanding process and an applied finish will achieve our honed look.

Leathered Finish

Keeps the texture of Richlite, but an added applied finish enriches the color and adds a layer of protection.

Mill Finish

Straight out of the press and on to your application. No applied finish needed to appreciate our mill texture.

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