Soapstone flooring is flooring for the most discerning home owners looking for a stone with a one-of-a-kind?finish and unique to the touch.?
Soapstone floorings is a completely natural surface to walk on but has many unique benefits that other flooring surfaces just can?t keep up with. If you?re even considering marble, quartz or granite flooring, then you should really add Soapstone to your list to consider. Here?s why:
Soapstone is impervious to just about all liquids and chemicals. Add to that it?s high degree of resistance to heat, and its longevity and you?ll soon see why Soapstone is the choice for anyone looking for durable, yet luxurious flooring.
Soapstone is so durable in fact, that it?s not uncommon to come across stoves and sinks manufactured in the 1800?s still in use today made from, you guessed it ? soapstone.
Soapstone flooring is likely to outlast you, and your home.
Beauty And Uniqueness
Marble, Granite and Quartz floor tiles are quarried from large mines that produce millions and millions of square feet of exactly the same looking floor tile. Soapstone on the other hand, is completely unique. No 2 slabs are ever the same, meaning your floor has character, and uniqueness, and your neighbours will never have the same flooring as you.
Colors vary greatly, but depend largely on where the soapstone comes from. Colors vary from greens to grays,and everything in between. ?Veining? usually reserved for the finest marbles, are common in Soapstone flooring. Because the slab color is a natural process doesn?t mean you?re powerless to personalize it ? mineral oils can be applied to darken or lighten the tones, or you can go ?Au Naturel?.
Soapstone is ideal for many styles of homes from older traditional, or cottage style homes, to high end luxury homes ? Soapstone appeals to the most discerning tastes.
Germs and Bacteria
You don?t have to worry about germs and bacteria invading your soapstone flooring. Soapstone is the least porous stone and will never absorb any kind of dirt or residue. A simple wipe and you?re done.
It may sound strange to talk about something removed from the earth as being environmentally friendly, but consider this:
Soapstone is sustainable because it is harvested in far smaller amounts, is 100% natural requiring no artificial products to produce it, no sealers or toxic chemicals are used to finish it, and is 100% recyclable.
Man-made flooring alternatives are almost all made from products that are devastating to the environment, and even other stone products require toxic sealers to enhance their appearance.
Don?t want a super smooth highly polished flooring? No problem, we can finish it to varying degrees resulting in interesting textures that can fit any kitchen design and makes for some interesting design features. Whatever finish you choose, you?ll be blown away by the uniqueness of the way Soapstone feels ? it?s unlike anything else out there.
Return On Investment
It may seem odd talking about ROI in relation to flooring. And no, we?re not talking about the obvious emotional ROI you?ll get from the constant appreciation of your beautiful and unique flooring. We?re talking about cold hard cash ROI!
Homes with Soapstone Countertops have reported a 50-80% increase in ROI when listing and selling their home. Seems the word is getting out about Soapstone, and buyers will pay for quality finishing materials.
Yes Soapstone slabs are more expensive than other natural stone countertops. However, there can be substantial savings in sure longevity of Soapstone, and the fact that it just never goes out of style. These make a strong case for the cost effectiveness and long-term value of Soapstone over alternatives.
It?s not uncommon to hear of Soapstone being passed on from one generation to the next, lasting many generations in some cases. And why not ? if it does get scratched or dented you can easily sand these out. In fact, this is one of the most unique things about Soapstone. Other flooring surfaces would all require costly replacements should you scratch or dent them, not so with Soapstone!
If you know anyone who has a Soapstone Flooring, then likely you know how much they love it.