If you spent any time in high school chemistry class, you probably remember the Bunsen Burners… and the table they sat on. If you recall the table top, then this isn’t your first exposure to soapstone.
Soapstone has been a staple in labs for ages because it’s extremely durable and impervious to virtually all chemicals. Your kitchen, bathroom… or whatever room you envision a soapstone countertop in… is likely a much friendlier environment than a lab. And, I’m guessing, a much more attractive one, too.
Of the natural stone surfaces available these days, none has been time tested the way soapstone has. Unlike granite and marble, it’s nonporous and chemically neutral, so problem spills – red wine, lemon acid, tomato sauce, olive oil, and such – just aren’t a problem. The stone is also temperature neutral, so red hot cookware placed on top isn’t a problem either.
Soapstone certainly has the performance track record to make it smart for home kitchen countertops. And, since you’re on our web site, it would appear that it’s already passed your aesthetics test.
Sizes & Pricing
For kitchen soapstone countertops, we recommend using 1-1/4″ thick soapstone which, unlike thinner material, doesn’t require a sub-base on your cabinets. Most backsplash material is made of 1-1/4″ thick soapstone. We do fabricate from 2-1/2″ stock but, because it’s a heavy material, overall weight is often an issue with this thicker stock.
Generally, our slabs run 30″ x 84″, so runs longer than seven feet require more than one piece, which means there will be a seam. When done properly, seams are virtually invisible.
Following is our retail price breakdown for fabricated soapstone.