PaperStone is a composite made from recycled paper and proprietary, petroleum-free phenolic resins made from raw materials like cashew nut shell liquid.
Phenolic resin and paper composites have long been known to have superior tensile, compression, impact and flexural strengths. They are very abrasion resistant, absorb very little water and are the products of choice in applications requiring high fire resistance (PaperStone has a Class A fire rating). Phenolic resins are routinely specified for cutting boards and for very demanding, high-use, exterior applications like skateboard ramps.
PaperStone has a high modulus of elasticity, is resistant to staining in kitchen applications and can easily be worked with CNC-routers and lasers to produce signs and very intricately detailed architectural components. Layering different colored resin saturated sheets in the panel production process further expands the range of design options possible. PaperStone has been thoroughly tested and certified as non-detectable for formaldehyde by the most demanding test available, the so-called desiccant method test. Like all phenolic composites, PaperStone is subject to some color shifting with UV light exposure but, to the maximum extent possible, the coloring systems have been selected for color stability. PaperStone is warm to the touch.
PaperStone-Certified is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC, Smartwood and the Rainforest Alliance. Most PaperStone products are made from post-consumer waste, recycled paper and proprietary, petroleum-free, phenolic resins. To the maximum extent technically possible, water is used as the resin solvent. There are two series of recycled paper-based PaperStone products: 1) 'Original', which is made from 50% post-consumer waste, recycled paper and 2) 'Certified', the FSC, Smartwood and Rainforest Alliance-certified product which is made from 100% post-consumer waste paper. Depending upon the project, the use of PaperStone may contribute up to five LEED points.
We recommend PaperStone for a wide variety of interior horizontal applications such as counters for kitchens, window sills and door thresholds. We also recommend these products for structural applications, landscape components, furniture, table tops and other manufactured products. PaperStone is also an excellent choice for rainscreens.
PaperStone Certified and Original both work well in vertical applications such as toilet partitions, interior and exterior paneling, exterior cabinet work, and chair rail.
Paperstone is available in five thicknesses: