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What is PaperStone?

When someone first hears about our PaperStone tile collections they usually have one question:

"What is PaperStone?" 

PaperStone is a beautifully finished, earth-friendly composite surface that's used today as a sustainable building material. 

Relatively speaking, PaperStone is a newcomer to the materials market. So, don't be alarmed if you haven't heard of this revolutionary building material! 

Today, we're walking you through everything you need to know about PaperStone and showing you some of our favorite PaperStone tiles

Let's get going!

 

PaperStone, Defined

Paperstone is a sustainable, solid surface building material. It's often referred to as a paper composite because it's made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper; proprietary, non-petroleum-based phenolic resins; and natural pigments.

Today, PaperStone is popping up in buildings all across the country as more designers and architects prioritize sustainability in their designs. 

Homes, restaurants, offices, laboratories, universities, and museums are now using PaperStone products to fashion their ideal interiors. 

And it's no wonder—PaperStone allows homeowners, architects, and designers to go green with their design without sacrificing beauty or style.

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How PaperStone is Made

To create PaperStone, you start with—drum roll, please—paper. 

First, 100% post-consumer recycled paper is saturated with PaperStone's patented PetroFree phenolic resins and natural pigments.

Then, heat and pressure are applied to morph this mixture into a saturated network of cellulose fibers.

After, the mixture is compressed into a dense, non-porous, and durable final product that can be sized or shaped for a wide range of building uses.

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How PaperStone is Used

What's unique about PaperStone is its versatility. 

With its innovative composition and robust color offering, PaperStone lends itself nicely to several applications in both residential and commercial projects.

Usually, you'll see PaperStone installed as:

  • Countertops
  • Bathroom partitions
  • Wall cladding
  • Paneling
  • Signs

Other, creative uses for PaperStone include:

  • Tabletops
  • Furniture
  • Restroom vanities and partitions
  • Room dividers
  • Window sills and door thresholds
  • Restaurant food preparation surfaces
  • Fire door surfaces
  • Desk tops

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Featuring the CAPE (Flora) tile in the colorway Dandelion

 

Our collection of PaperStone tiles lets you add a pop of pattern and a layer of sustainability to the following spaces: 

  • Light traffic flooring
  • Vanity backsplashes
  • Kitchen backsplashes
  • Interior accent walls
  • Bar fronts 

 

Unique Benefits of PaperStone

Beyond its versatile application, PaperStone also comes with a host of other benefits. 

Specifically, as a building material, PaperStone is:

  • Durable
  • Sustainable
  • Warm to the touch
  • Easy to use
  • Safe
  • Free from VOCs

 

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Durability

Move over, granite. PaperStone products are nearly hard as rock!

Because of its unique composition, PaperStone is extremely durable, and even less brittle than stone or engineered quartz. 

It's so strong that you even create cantilevered designs with up to 18 inches of overhanding with this material. And PaperStone can withstand 45,000 pounds of compression pressure per square inch. 

Sustainability

There is no denying it: PaperStone products are more sustainable than traditional material offerings.

PaperStone is:

  • Made from 100% post-consumer recycled papers and regionally-sourced materials
  • Formed with PetroFree resins that are made from industrial byproducts
  • Made-in-the-USA and responsibly manufactured in Hoquiam, Washington
  • Free from VOCs (including formaldehyde) 
  • Incredibly durable, strong, and dense

At their facility in Washington, PaperStone has an on-site laboratory, complete with a paper engineer and a PhD chemist, to ensure that their products are earth-friendly and manufactured in a way that prioritizes our planet and its resources. 

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Featuring the COSMOS (Blizzard) tile in the colorway Static

 

Most PaperStone products have also been certified by the SmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance to Forest Stewardship Council standards.

And, good news! Using PaperStone products, like LIVDEN's PaperStone tiles, may contribute points towards LEED certifications.

Feel

When you're transforming any interior, it's important to consider the feel of the materials you're using.

Even though it's as hard as metal or stone, PaperStone is actually warm to the touch. This warmth can give any space where PaperStone is installed an added sense of depth and individuality.

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Featuring the CAPE (Flora) tile in the colorway Adobe

 

Ease of Use

Another attractive feature of PaperStone? Its ease of use.

Because of its material makeup, PaperStone is easy to fabricate and install by professionals. With this material, professionals can use either high-quality stone cutting tools or traditional woodworking tools. 

Safety

One of the biggest draws of PaperStone is how safe it is. PaperStone products are certified food safe by the National Sanitation Foundation.

And because of their non-porous makeup, PaperStone surfaces are stain resistant, and do not promote the growth of bacteria, mold, or mildew.

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Featuring the CHUTES AND LADDERS tile in the colorway Carbon

 

PaperStone has also earned a UL Class A rating for flame spread and smoke. It can be a good choice for interiors that require high-fire resistant materials because PaperStone products will not melt, liquefy, or explode in a fire. 

Free From VOCs

Last and certainly not least, PaperStone products contain no detectable formaldehyde and emit no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)

 

Top LIVDEN PaperStone Tiles

Here at LIVDEN, we're pretty big fans of PaperStone. 

In fact, we have 16 PaperStone tile collections, complete with innovative designs that perfectly complement this one-of-a-kind material. 

Below, are some of our favorite designs that will give you a little sustainable inspiration for your next renovation. Let us know your favorites! 

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PaperStone Perfect

Congratulations! You're all caught up on the most important PaperStone information.

Still have questions? Do not hesitate to reach out

Or, give your eyes a break from reading and check out designs from our Polar Ice Terrazzo tile collections and Crystallized Terrazzo tile collections

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