Soapstone countertops have become quite fashionable ... again. Once known as the "original stone countertop", soapstone was commonly found as countertop and sink material years ago. At the turn of the century it was not uncommon to find soapstone counters in kitchens.
Soapstone offers a warm, traditional look that is naturally soft to the touch. Many people are attracted to soapstone because of the unique soft feel. Colors range from light greenish gray to blue gray with light flowing veins.
Soapstone tops are typically more expensive than granite countertops. The raw material is more expensive than most granites and the fabrication is different than with granite tops.
Given that, what does soapstone cost? It's generally higher than other stone. See Granite Prices for some price comparison of countertop materials.
Is soapstone a good countertop material? Well, for example, onyx slabs almost always have a fiberglass mesh material on the back to hold the stone together. This is an indicator of just how fragile the stone is. Soapstone, on the other hand, is very dense and doesn't need reinforcement.
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