Soapstone countertops are by far our most popular product we make, and for good reason. It’s really not surprising to see the rise in popularity of soapstone countertops across the country and around the world.
Soapstone countertops are a completely natural surface to work on but has many unique benefits that other countertop surfaces just can’t keep up with. If you’re even considering marble, quartz or granite countertops, then you should really add Soapstone to your list to consider. Here’s why:
You probably remember from high school social studies, that rock is available in varying degrees of hardness. Softer stone – unsurprisingly is the stone of choice for sculpting, while harder, denser stones are ideal for tables, kitchen work surfaces, and even applications that require a high degree of resistance to heat such as wood burning stoves, fireplaces, hearths and floor tiles. Soapstone is about as at the opposite extreme from soft stone – being impervious to just about all liquids and chemicals.
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 Countertops are likely to outlast you, and your home.
Marble, Granite and Quartz slabs can become so ubiquitous due to the volume of the same color, quality, and finish of stone that can be quarried from any one location. Soapstone on the other hand is so incredibly unique that no 2 slabs are ever the same. The Jones’s will never have the same kitchen countertops 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 countertops. 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.
There couldn’t be a more functional countertop surface, even if science tried to create one! Hot pot from the stove or oven to the countertop? No problem! Soapstone is impervious to heat. Want to cut right on your countertop? No problem! Soapstone is the least porous stone available meaning it’s almost impossible to cut, stain, or absorb food. Your knives on the other hand may not stand up to the hardness of the surface. Stainless steel countertops come close to the functionality and abilities of Soapstone, but who wants stainless countertops?
They are non-porous so it will never absorb liquids. Spilling a glass of red wine on the counter is not a problem and any acidic liquids can be wiped right off as well. This type of stone is so dense that no type of sealant is required at all. You can oil the countertop but this would only be done for aesthetic reasons.
You don’t have to worry about germs and bacteria invading your soapstone countertop as already mentioned – soapstone is the least porous stone and will never absorb any kind of food 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 countertop 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 countertop? 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.
It may seem odd talking about ROI in relation to countertops. And no, we’re not talking about the obvious emotional ROI you’ll get from the constant appreciation of your beautiful and unique kitchen. 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 countertop surfaces from stainless steel, man-made materials, or even other natural stones would all require costly replacements should you scratch or dent them, not so with Soapstone!
If you know anyone who has a Soapstone Countertop, then likely you know how much they love it.
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