Soapstone is the Perfect Material for Homes
Soapstone is becoming more and more common for households. It’s a natural stone that seems to fit perfectly with every style and every design. Neutral tones with subtle veining characteristics add an element of timeless elegance that doesn’t draw attention to itself, but never goes unnoticed. Because no two slabs are ever the same, your soapstone will always be unique. Soapstone is more than just an aesthetic choice. Here’s what homeowners need to know.
Soapstone is Dense and Durable
Soapstone is naturally nonporous, so it is heat-resistant, water-resistant, and stain-resistant. It does not require a sealant. Because it is unaffected by water and humidity, it is perfect for sinks, tiles, and other indoor and outdoor settings. Soapstone can withstand direct heat and substantial temperature fluctuation. This means you can place hot pots and pans directly onto your soapstone without causing any damage. It’s a heavy material, so countertops with a 3 cm or 13/16″ thickness will weigh approximately 22 lbs./sq.ft.
Soapstone is Sustainable and Healthy
Because of its nonporous qualities, soapstone does not harbor bacteria or stain. No harsh cleaners or chemicals are needed for the upkeep of soapstone countertops. Fabricators typically recommend organic soapstone oil or organic soapstone wax for upkeep, to ensure an even aging (patina) process. Garden State Soapstone frequently partners with Alberene Soapstone for Churchill and Old Dominion soapstone. Alberene soapstone is quarried in the USA and does not use chemicals, explosives, or environmentally unfriendly products. As a natural stone, no artificial products are needed to produce it.
Man-made countertops can be devastating to the environment, and other stone products may require toxic sealers for protection and enhancement. But not soapstone.
Soapstone means a Return on Investment for Homeowners
This material will last forever. If scratches occur, it can easily be sanded out by the consumer without the help of a professional. That’s why adding soapstone is one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s value. According to HGTV, Homes with stone countertops and floors have reported excellent returns on investment when listing and selling their home.