Soapstone countertops are durable, stylish and all natural. It has the dark beauty of granite and the light veining of marble, adding striking detail to any kitchen. It is a worthy competitor to quartz, granite and marble.
Soapstone comes in varying degrees of hardness. Harder stone is desirable for tables, wood burning stoves, tiles and kitchen surfaces. Because it is non-porous, it doesn’t have to be sealed like granite countertops, and it doesn’t stain. Durability is one of soapstone’s biggest selling points. It is a beautiful investment that could last you a lifetime.
Soapstone countertops have a unique aesthetic value. Since no two slaps are the same, your countertops will be uniquely yours. Colors tend to range from a pale green to a light grey depending on the area they are coming from. Although applying mineral oil is not necessary, the oiling process creates a darker look that some people like. This age-less stone goes well with high-end luxury homes and older traditional homes. You can also choose from a polished or slightly rough finish, and it can be refinished according to your preference.
Another benefit of these countertops is their workability. You can take a hot pot straight off of the stove and set it on the counter without worrying about the heat damaging the stone. The only other countertop material that can compete with soapstone’s heat and stain resistance is stainless steel.
Soapstone countertops are softer than other options, but they age well. They are prone to scratches, dents and other imperfections, but unlike other natural stones, the initial integrity can be restored with a little sanding.
Soapstone is not for everyone, but it might be an option worth considering. If you choose this beautiful stone for your countertops, go with the harder slab to reduce denting and scratching. Professional craftsmen can help you choose a stone that fits your home and is sure to stand the test of time.