Soapstone countertops are beautiful but are they right for you?
There was a time when granite countertops ruled the day, but as tastes change and trends emerge, homeowners often look to other materials to give their kitchen a beautiful and unique look. Soapstone countertops are a high-quality choice for the homeowner looking for a high-end kitchen remodel. Durable, impervious to stains and bacteria, and beautiful to look at, soapstone fits well with any kitchen style and design. At Joseph & Berry, we’ve seen some beautiful kitchen designs incorporate soapstone in the Dallas area. Our in-house project managers are well-versed in using the material and can answer your questions on this attractive countertop option.
About soapstone countertops
Soapstone is a steatite stone that consists fo the minerals chlorite, magnesite and dolomite. Most of the varieties of soapstone contain a considerable amount of talc which gives it a milky or powdery look and feel to the stone. For centuries, it has been used in architecture and by sculptors for its workability and durability. While its soft enough to work with, it is durable enough for fireplaces and kitchen uses.
Soapstone has emerged as a high-end choice for countertops because of its unique properties. It is not affected by chemicals. Soapstone has a soft feel, yet stands up great to heat, so there’s no need to worry about finding a trivet for a pot or baking dish fresh from the oven. It is very dense with light veining similar to marble. Its density protects against stains and bacteria, and the gray color compliments many different kitchen styles. Looking for kitchen inspiration? Click Here
A timeless choice
In parts of the country where older homes are more familiar, it’s not unusual to find a soapstone sink from the 1800s still in use. Soapstone countertops will last a lifetime. The color is complementary to a variety of cabinet finishes and room colors and can be found in both traditional, country and modern style kitchens. For those looking for a timeless look that will stand up to years of cooking and washing, soapstone is a great choice.
Caring for soapstone countertops
While soapstone countertops are durable, it will scratch. When scratching does occur, a light sanding will make the scratches disappear. Keeping the countertop well-oiled will provide extra protection against scratching and discoloration. This wear is often questioned by homeowners, but once they have it in their home, find it adds character to the kitchen.
A well-oiled soapstone countertop will darken from gray to a charcoal gray or even black over time. For some, this shift in color does not fit with their aesthetic. While durable, it is susceptible to scratching chipping and gouging. These imperfections can be repaired, but for some, this could be a bit more maintenance than they’re looking for. The color can also be a limitation. It can vary from light gray to black often with a slight green hue. Those looking for a pink or brown accents will not find it here.
For those interested in sustainability, soapstone is not a material that can be locally sourced. Once found in Vermont and the hill of Appalachia, most soapstone is mined in Brazil today, meaning significant travel from source to your home. However, we’ve seen stone sourced from around the world, and having a beautiful slab from afar can also be a significant selling point.
If you would like to know more about the versatility and look of soapstone countertops, our team can discuss options and answer your questions about this beautiful countertop option. The professionals at Joseph & Berry Remodel Design Build specialize in custom kitchen design and have remodeled many award-winning homes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Call us today to schedule your consulting meeting with our professionals! Call us now: (800) 371-8970