Soapstone is used for sculpture, tile, and kitchen countertops, sinks, wall tile and even for woodstoves and fireplaces. Soapstone (also known as steatite or soaprock) is a metamorphic rock, a talc-schist. It is largely composed of the mineral talc and is rich in magnesium.
Soapstone is an excellent, high end countertop material for any type of decor. Soapstone offers a very relaxing, earthy appeal. Soapstone is an all-natural stone that almost all synthetic countertop materials try and emulate, but nothing is as appealing, durable (if properly maintained) or beautiful as real soapstone countertops.
Even though Soapstone is often emulated, there is no other countertop material that comes close to the rich texture and relaxing appeal of this age old stone. Soapstone is the definition of warmth in a kitchen or rest room. Soapstone has been used in countertops and great architect for hundreds and even thousands of years for this very purpose. As far back as architecture and art can be traced in history, Soapstone has been taken advantage of.
Soapstone colors and designs are all natural, extremely aesthetically pleasing, warm and inviting. That is why there are so many imitators on the market place today, because the warm and inviting nature of Soapstone is one of a kind. Soapstone offers many different relaxing colors and designs to choose from, from small specked, deep patterns to designs with large, calming patterns deep throughout.
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There are various types of Soapstone used in the construction industry, as the softness of the stone is affected by the amount of talc contained, but various densities offer many, extremely appealing uses for Soapstone, the most frequent of which would be Soapstone countertops anywhere countertops are used.
There are many fantastic benefits to using Soapstone on many projects, including:
* Durability: Soapstone differs in density but is very heavy, so simple care and it will last for a long, long time
*Ease of maintenance: Unlike limestone, soapstone is not porous
*Ease of cleaning: Soapstone is cleaned easily with over the counter cleansers and soap and water
*Tough: As Soapstone is resistant to heat, it is difficult to burn, so hot pots will not destroy it
*Unique colors and patterns: As soapstone is natural stone formed over time, it will have various designs and colors that differ slightly, and even mature and develop patina over time
*Many uses: Soapstone is good for more than just countertops, it can be used as hearth for fireplaces, as sinks or stoves, as trim work and in many, many other places
Soapstone, like anything else on the planet, is not perfect. While it is suitable for many uses, with will scratch fairly easily as it is a soft stone, so this must be taken into consideration when choosing how Soapstone will be used.
Fairfax Marble understands that choosing soapstone is a personal taste. The look and durability may not suit everybody. You will see many marble, granite, travertine, and onyx slabs in our warehouses in addition to soapstone slabs. If you like the look of soapstone but want something scratch free, please consider some of the quartz options as they have soapstone imitations. Fairfax Marble is a authorized fabricator and installer of following quartz countertops brands; Silestone, Cambria, Caesarstone, and Zodiaq.
Please use this material index as a reference to some of the most common stones we offer. Due to the nature of the products, color selection varies per location and as we frequently receive new shipments of slabs, some colors may not be available for viewing on this website.
Please visit our slab showrooms to see our latest Soapstone Countertops inventory if you are looking to purchase soapstone kitchen countertops or bathroom vanity tops in Northern VA or in MD.