Richlite Worktops

Richlite is an innovative green product which can be used for worktops, worksurfaces and cladding within the home or business.


Richlite Worktops

Richlite’s unique paper surfaces brings a soft and comfortable ambience to a room that’s rarely
achieved through cold, hard stone and plastic solid surfaces. It is an attractive, durable,
long-lasting material that develops a beautiful patina over time and works with any design tastes.
Richlite is made primarily of 100% FSC certified paper. The paper is treated with phenolic resin,
then pressed and baked to create solid sheets. Richlite is Green Guard certified for Children &
Schools (the highest possible rating) with no detectable level of off gassing.

Richlite is different in a natural and better kind of way. The same material has been used for decades
by the aerospace industry for tooling, the marine industry for fiberglass reinforcement and the action
sports industry for outdoor skate ramp surfaces. It’s beautiful, unquestionably durable and will last for
years. Richlite is fabricated and installed by a certified fabricator (that’s us!).

Richlite is a high performance material appropriate for any residential or commercial surface application.
In fact, it’s been used for industrial purposes by the aerospace and marine industry for decades; as a
sanitary food prep surface for commercial kitchens for 50 years and as a popular outdoor skate ramp surface
for 12 years. Architectural environments are its least abusive application and its most attractive.
The material is dense and durable with comparable features to solid surfaces and stone; including stain,
heat and scratch resistance, sanitary benefits and long cantilevers and spans.

Richlite Stain Resistant

Generally speaking, Richlite resists stains quite well. As with most material, there is potential for some
staining. Richlite stands up well to anything acidic, but high-alkaline products may pull or alter color
after prolonged exposure. Stains may be cleaned with soap and warm water and scrubbed with a soft bristle
brush. More stubborn stains may be repaired by a light refinishing of the material.

Richlite Scratch Resistant

It’s significantly harder than wood but, like most countertop materials, can, under force, be scratched or
gouged. Richlite countertops should not be used as a cutting surface. Because Richlite is a solid color
throughout, when scratches do occur, they can easily be buffed or sanded out. Use of a separate Richlite
cutting board is recommended. Most cuts, scratches and nicks can be repaired with a light refinishing.

Richlite Heat Resistant

Richlite is heat resistant up to 350°F. Due to its high heat resistance, the material does not need
additional protection near stove areas though a trivet or hot pad is recommended to ensure no damage will
be caused by exceedingly hot pots and pans pulled directly out of the oven.

Richlite Durability

Richlite is an incredibly durable product, but it can scratch. Scratches will eventually patina and are
typically superficial. Due to its high impact resistance, gouges or cracks are uncommon. Because of the
way it is manufactured with stacked sheets of paper, the edge can be prone to chipping if not eased or
radiused properly.

Richlite Patina & Aging

Over time and with use, Richlite will develop a seasoned appearance that is characteristic of the material.
There will be more luster or burnishing in areas of heavier use. Overall it will appear softer and deeper
in color and pattern.

Aging is a natural process that begins immediately and may take a number of years to complete. It is similar
to the manner in which natural wood products oxidize and age over time. The speed of aging will be affected
by the amount of natural light the product is exposed to. Typically the process is noticeable after one to
three months. In general, color change is least noticeable in darker colors and more pronounced in lighter
colors. The manufacturing process does not allow absolute control over the color of the final product. Slight
variations between sheets may occur but will lessen as they age.

The effect of aging in Richlite is primarily a result of the resin component, which begins as pale amber and
deepens to a rich shade of sienna. It is strongly recommended to view this color change prior to purchase.

Richlite Sanitary

Richlite is recognized for its sanitary performance appreciated by chefs in the home and in high profile
commercial kitchens. The National Sanitation Foundation, which sets standards for food service-related
products has certified Richlite Natural for use as cutting boards with direct food contact in restaurants.
The same material is used in Richlite countertops. The surface is impervious and does not support the
colonization of bacteria.

Richlite Extended Cantilevers and Long Spans

Due to the long, tough fibers inside Richlite, the material will not bend or break under normal circumstances.
As a result architects and designers love the ability to design long spans and extended cantilevers without
additional support. As a rule of thumb, 3/4″-thick material is structurally stable with a 12″ overhang,
1″-thick material is stable up to an 18″ overhang, and 1 1/2″-thick is stable up to 24″.

Richlite Sustainability

All Richlite materials, are made using Richlite’s innovative WE™ Technology utilizing either FSC
Certified or post-consumer recycled paper. In addition, Richlite products are GREENGUARD Certified® for
indoor use in residential, school and institutional environments and can contribute to LEED points.

Richlite Colours

Richlite Recycled Colours

Richlite Northwest Colours

Richlite Cascade Colours

Richlite Stratum Colours

Additional Options

As a very versatile material Richlite Offers a variety of options and additions as a worksurface

Richlite Upstands

Square Upstands

Square Upstand Square upstands are the basic option when it comes to Corian however they are often significantly cheaper due to the reduction in fabrication time. In addition remember to ask what makes our square upstands different when asking for your quotation.

Edging Details

Our Solid surface and Stone worktops combine a variety of edging details. While some are standard and are therefore included in the cost of you worktops others require a greater amount of labour and as such will incur an additional cost.

Standard Worktop Edges

Single Square Worktop EdgeSingle Round Worktop Edge

Double Round Worktop Edge


Double Bevel Worktop Edge

Double Ovolo Worktop EdgeSingle Spanish Worktop Edge

Double Spanish Worktop Edge

Single Imperial Worktop Edge

Single Ovolo Worktop Edge

Special Worktop Edges

Stepped Back Worktop Edge

Top or Front Inlay Worktop Edge



Waterfall Worktop Edge

Pan Bars / Hob Bars

If you are looking to incorporate a staging area into your kitchen for hot pans etc we can route a series of pan or hob bars into your worktops for a small additional charge. Consisting of several stainless high quality stainless steel bars they add an elegant look and feel to your kitchen while adding a practical touch.

Pop Up Sockets / Pop Ups

Modern kitchens incorporate a void space at the back of kitchen units to allow for pipework and cabling to be effectively concealed however in many cases this space offers additional and practical use. While pop up sockets are available in a variety of sizes and shapes it is also important to consider the overall look and practicallity of the unit you choose. For this reason Falkingham Fabrication reccommend choosing S-Box

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