Soapstone Fireplaces

Soapstone fireplaces are a popular, beautiful and simple way to add a touch of class to any fireplace in your home.

Soapstone fireplaces are a natural stone surface with a touch and feel like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt. Thinking about a granite, quartz, marble, or even a concrete fireplace? Then you have to add Soapstone to your list. Here’s why:

Durability

Soapstone ranks highest among all options for durability. Remember those high school lab tables that were impervious to just about any liquid, chemical or heat? Those were likely Soapstone tables, and what’s more – they’re probably still there. Soapstone is the surface of choice for any area expected to take a bit of a beating. Which makes it the perfect choice for a fireplace.

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 soapstone.

Soapstone Fireplaces are likely to outlast you, and your home.

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Beauty And Uniqueness

You are a unique individual, and you probably want your home to be as unique you are. Soapstone is the perfect way to put a “one-of-a-kind” stamp on your home.

Marble, Granite and Quartz slabs are quarried from very large locations, meaning they will only supply granite if they can supply thousands and thousands of slabs that look exactly the same. 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 fireplace 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.

Density

Soapstone slabs are non-porous so it will never absorb liquids, spills, soot, or stains from hot coals. Charcoal cleanup is not a problem as they 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 fireplace but this would only be done for aesthetic reasons.

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Environmentally Friendly

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.

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Cost Effectiveness

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.

Longevity

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 natural stone surfaces would require costly replacements should you scratch or dent them, not so with Soapstone!

If you know anyone who has a Soapstone Fireplace, then likely you know how much they love it.

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Here's What Our Clients Have To Say

I worked with both Wendy and Greg during the process of specifying, ordering, and installing my soapstone hearth pad. I was delighted with the quick response, knowledge, and willingness to answer my specific questions. Although Soapstone Werks did not install my hearth pad, they did not abandon me during the preparation and actual installation. They provided a wood pallet to fit perfectly in the bed of my truck and secured the stone to ensure its safe transport over 250 miles. Greg also provided recommendations so that I was able to accomplish a successful and attractive installation on my own. I enjoy everything about this natural material. It nicely compliments a variety of existing stone and wood features in my log home. The color and veining are beautiful. I’ve left the material un-oiled for now to see how it darkens naturally over time. I expect it to subtly radiate heat from my wood stove this coming winter. During installation of masonry above the hearth pad, I covered the soapstone with an old rug to protect it. After removing the rug, I was able to easily vacuum, sweep, and mop the hearth pad. Wendy provided a complete scratch repair kit with my hearth pad. During installation of the actual cast iron wood burning stove and stove pipe, a ladder scratched one edge of the stone. It was so minor that I just used super fine steel wool to buff it smooth to the touch. If necessary, I can use the kit to repair more serious scratches in the future. My grandmother had a soapstone kitchen sink that my mother thoroughly enjoyed using. I’ve been able to incorporate soapstone into my living environment in various functional and decorative forms. I love its durability, soft look, and velvet feel. I would absolutely recommend it to my family and friends. The folks at Soapstone Werks met my high expectations for product quality, cost, and delivery support. The additional benefits were their incredible responsiveness, knowledge, willingness to work directly with the end customer (someone who is not a professional contractor), and ability to enjoy humor in the process. From my initial contact to picking up the completed hearth pad took less than ten days. The folks at Soapstone Werks were fabulous to work with. They quickly responded to my initial specifications with a reasonable fabrication quote. They made it easy. Greg clearly takes pride in his work and made valuable recommendations throughout the process to ensure my satisfaction, and I am more than satisfied. My hearth pad is simply beautiful, and I’m sure it’s added to the value of my home. I’m looking for other ways to incorporate this lovely stone into my daily living and working environment! When I do, I’ll be calling Soapstone Werks for their assistance.

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