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Richlite Cascade panels are made of a FSC-certified recycled paper composite that is weather resistant.
These panels s consist of several layers in different colours, pressed together. Since the panels are coloured through, the sides of the panels have an attractive appearance also.
This material is a pressed product – not cast, nor extruded. Due to this process, there are slight variations in the thickness of the panels. The surface texture is a result of the pressing process and has a ‘mill finish’.
Richlite has a mottled appearance, which patterns in a striated effect lengthwise. Over time and with use, the product will develop a seasoned appearance characteristic of the material. It is very durable, but it can scratch. Scratches will eventually patina and are superficial. There will be more luster or burnishing in areas of heavier use. Overall it will appear softer and deeper in colour and pattern. It is similar to the manner in which natural wood ages over time.
The colour of Richlite is the result of the combination of the paper colour and the colour of the resin. No dyes are added in the manufacturing process. As they age, the colours darken, become richer, warmer and more dramatic. As the manufacturing process does not allow absolute control over the colour of the final product, slight changes between sheets will occur, but will lessen as they age. Richlite Cascade is available in six colours. Cascade is also customisable and layered to specification.
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