What is Richlite?

Richlite is a paper-based fiber composite material manufactured by Richlite Company. Based in Tacoma, Washington, Richlite Company pioneered the paper-composite surface industry beginning in 1943. Intectural is proud to offer this innovative, sustainable material made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper.

Richlite starts out as pulp and is turned into paper before being transformed into a beautiful, durable, weather-resistant material. This product can be used like wood for a variety of commercial or residential surfaces or design accents, from sink basins and exterior wall cladding to bathroom partitions, guard rails and pillar wraps. Stain, water, scratch and heat resistant, Richlite surfaces come in a variety of colors and collections to suit all design tastes.

An Indoor and Outdoor Material

Richlite’s Rainshadow Collection takes everything designers and architects love about Richlite and brings it outdoors. A sustainable alternative to other exterior wall paneling or wood, Rainshadow is manufactured to withstand outdoor elements with little to no maintenance.

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  • FSC-certified paper-based composite material
  • Greenguard certified
  • Contributes LEED points


  • Interior kitchen and bath, retail and restaurant surfaces
  • Wall caps and stair treads
  • Interior and exterior wall cladding


  • Dense and durable
  • Heat-resistant up to 350 degrees
  • Handles long spans and cantilevers without extra support

Richlite Product Lines

Note that images of materials below are a close representation of color and texture, but actual product color and texture may vary.

Heritage & Northwest

Richlite’s Northwest Collection comprises through-color products whose names reflect natural and historic landmarks near Richlite’s manufacturing facility in Tacoma, WA. It also includes Richlite’s recycled series, r50 and r100, whose names which reflect their percentage of recycled content.

As this material ages, its color will darken and become richer, warmer and more dramatic. Richlite has a ‘mottled’ appearance, which patterns in a striated effect lengthwise, due to the natural variation in the way fibers lay within the paper used to make the material.

Richlite Black Diamond

Slate Black
Richlite Northwest R50

Richlite R100

Maple Valley (R100)

Chocolate Glacier
Richlite Browns Point

Browns Point
Richlite Blue Canyon

Blue Canyon
Richlite Northwest Gray's Harbor

Gray’s Harbor
Richlite Redstone



The Cascade Mountain Range is the quintessential backdrop of the Pacific Northwest and the inspiration for Richlite Company’s line of layered products. With solid-color tops and two- to three-tone edges, this collection offers designers a creative alternative.

The multicolor paper composite surfaces blend the best of the natural and design worlds with subtle accents that enliven kitchens, baths and commercial environments. Cascade’s unique layering system can also be used for signage when the material is machined to reveal several contrasting colors.

Richlite Adams

Richlite Hood

Richlite Ranier

Richlite Shasta

Richlite Baker


Richlite Little Tahoma

Little Tahoma



Richlite Company partnered with Smith & Fong Plyboo to create a layered paper and bamboo surface material. Stratum’s exterior features dense and durable Richlite FSC Certified paper composite materials while the core is made from Plyboo’s 100% rapidly renewable bamboo and soy adhesives.

Natural beauty, longevity and sustainability give Richlite Stratum a mark of distinction in the architectural community. It’s a versatile building material with character that complements rugged to refined designs, from contemporary urban centers ]to rustic mountain hideaways.

Richlite Stratum


With Piece-o-Sheet, you can buy small pieces of Richlite for testing/prototyping and small projects. You get the same high-quality material without buying an entire sheet and paying freight charges.

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