Northwest: The Regional Colors
Richlite sheets come in a variety of colors and sizes to suit any design style in the kitchen, bathroom or office. The material is available between 1/4" to 3" thick sheets ranging from 4'x8' up to 5'x12'. The Northwest collection is comprised of the original through-color products, whose names reflect natural and historic landmarks near the manufacturing facility in Tacoma, WA. Additionally, it includes Richlite's recycled series, r50 and r100, names which reflect their percentage of recycled content.
The color of Richlite is the result of the combination of the paper color used and the color of the resin. No dyes are added in the manufacturing process. As they age, Richlite colors darken, become richer, warmer and more dramatic. In general, color change is least noticeable in darker colors & more pronounced in lighter colors. The manufacturing process does not allow absolute control over the color of the final product.
Richlite has a "mottled" appearance, which patterns in a striated effect lengthwise. This is less apparent, but present on dark colors, including Black Diamond. This quality is due to the natural variation in the way fibers lay within the paper used to make the material.
Richlite can be shaped with extravagant edges and routed into artistic features like drain channels.
Richlite can be joined with tight, clean seams. While not invisible, the seams will be much cleaner than what can be achieved through stone countertops. Seams will look similar to those of wood or veneers. Seams should be displayed where they make design sense. Consider the impact of the striations when determining seam placement. Richlite comes in up to 12-foot lengths and five-foot widths so most projects can be accomplished without a seam due to the size of the sheet.