Why Choose Soapstone or Slate

At Garden State Soapstone, we love natural materials everywhere in your home. Soapstone and slate have characteristics that translate into benefits for every room in your house, from the kitchen to bathrooms to your patio.

For Your Kitchen: 

Natural stone is always a popular choice for a kitchen, but homeowners often overlook soapstone and slate in their countertop considerations. Here are a few characteristics to consider when making your selections.

Increase Home Value

Let’s start with the obvious: natural stone countertops always increase the value of your kitchen. Buyers are looking for this feature to consider a home move-in ready, so either of these options would make a great choice.

Non-porous & stain resistant

In contrast with marble, soapstone and slate will not absorb any wine, coffee, or juice splashed on the counter. When you apply our Original Oils, you’ll have a quick clean-up that keeps your countertops looking great.


When compared with engineered stone or laminate countertops, natural stone always wins in the heat-resistant category. Soapstone and slate are no different: they will not burn or melt under heat. The binding materials in engineered stone, like quartz, may discolor or melt when exposed to a hot pot or pan.

For Your Bathrooms: 

Soapstone and slate look striking in the bathroom, the dark stone contrasting well with contemporary white tiles. Both are naturally anti-bacterial, which means you only need to use a mild cleaner, hot water, and mild soap to keep your bathroom sparkling. Both soapstone and slate work well as floor tiles because they retain heat, especially in radiant heat flooring.

We love the soapy texture of soapstone in a bathroom, whether on the floor, shower walls, or even as a custom sink. This luxurious stone will add a spa-like element to your bathroom.

For Your Walkways:

Slate has always been a common choice for walkways. Because soapstone and slate are both naturally non-porous, they won’t hold onto water and crack when temperatures drop below freezing. They are also available in different shades and colors, so either stone will create beautiful walkway designs.

For Your Outdoor Patio:

While slate is always a favorite for walkways and patios, we’ve seen an increase in soapstone for outdoor kitchens. Soapstone countertops stand up to the elements. Again, the non-porous nature makes an ideal choice: leaves and debris will not leave marks or stains behind. You don’t even need to cover the surfaces at all. 

Why We Love Soapstone and Slate

Soapstone and slate add warmth and texture to any room of your home. Here are the top reasons homeowners and designers choose them again and again:

  • Natural stone increases home values
  • Consumer-friendly
  • Unique, dark color choices
  • Non-porous
  • Naturally anti-bacterial
  • Stain-resistant
  • Heat-resistant
  • Retains heat
  • Easy maintenance
  • Withstands outdoor elements

With choices for kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces, Garden State Soapstone can be your partner for renovations in almost any room. From custom sinks to beautiful countertops, we can find the best option for your home and provide high-quality materials that will stand the test of time. Request a walk-through of our showroom to see all the possibilities.

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