What is the average cost of soapstone?

Author: Tyreek Skiles  |  Last update: Saturday, August 19, 2023

Soapstone countertops generally cost between $55 to $100 per square foot, depending on what you pick. The installation cost of soapstone can run between $50 and $65 per square foot, which could nearly double the cost of the project.

Is soapstone very expensive?

Colors are fairly limited. Most countertops are light-gray at first, then take on a charcoal-gray color with vague green tints. Soapstone is fairly expensive— around $100 per square foot or more. Countertops longer than 6 feet will probably need to include seams.

Is soapstone more expensive than granite?

Soapstone is a little more expensive than granite, although not by much. The prices can be comparable, depending on the stone. A high-end soapstone may be very expensive but also improves property values significantly.

Why is soapstone so expensive?

Soapstone is a rare stone. This makes it relatively more expensive compared to man-made countertop materials. The average cost of soapstone countertops ranges between $70 to $120 per square foot, excluding installation.

How much is soapstone a square foot?

At $50 to $120 per square foot, soapstone falls within the middle range of pricing among various countertop options.

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Is soapstone high maintenance?

Ease of maintenance and durability- Soapstone requires regular maintenance. Also, it darkens over time and will need mineral oil treatments regularly. But with quartz, the ease of maintenance is unmatched.

How big is a slab of soapstone?

The most common size of a soapstone slab is approx 70” x 118” and 3cm (1-1/4” thick). However we've seen slabs come as large as 80” x 135”!! That is approx 6.5 feet by a little over 11 feet!! The size of the slab is determined by the density of the stone and of course the size of the machinery the quarry uses.

What are the disadvantages of soapstone?

Soapstone counters can scratch easily, and they require routine oiling to maintain their appearance. They also come in limited color options and are more expensive than other countertop materials.

Can you put hot pans on soapstone?

Soapstone is both chemical resistant and heat resistant, so you can set hot pots and pans directly on soapstone without risk of cracking or scorching. Soapstone is much softer and more prone to scratching than granite or quartz however, so preparing food directly on your soapstone counters could easily scratch it.

Does soapstone need to be sealed?

Soapstone is non-porous and, unlike marble and granite, does not need to be sealed. You can purchase our specially formulated Soapstone Care Mineral Oil from our online store. This is a lighter-grade mineral oil, which is easier to apply than standard drugstore mineral oil.

Where is soapstone found in the US?

Soapstone is found in the Appalachian range from Maine to Georgia with significant deposits in Vermont and Virginia. Finland and Brazil are the largest international producers of soapstone.

What color soapstone is the hardest?

Stormy Black Soapstone

This low-talc soapstone variety is harder than others. Ash gray with prominent white veins before treatment, Stormy Black soapstone darkens dramatically after the application of oils.

How much does a slab of soapstone cost?

Soapstone countertops generally cost between $55 to $100 per square foot, depending on what you pick. The installation cost of soapstone can run between $50 and $65 per square foot, which could nearly double the cost of the project.

What grade is soapstone?

Soapstone in general has a ranking between 1 and 5. Most soapstone counters rank between 2.5-3.5 depending on talc content, with a similar hardness to marble countertops. Quartz counters, comparatively, have a Mohs ranking of 7.

Does soapstone have asbestos?

The Asbestos Quandary

Asbestiform laths are obvious in some of the soapstone that we see; however, the asbestos particles do not have to be visible to the naked eye or even magnifying glass to be harmful. It has been reported that roughly 40 to 50 percent of the soapstone contains some asbestos.

How can you tell if soapstone is real?

Examine soapstone samples and put them to the test to ensure the stone is stainproof and acid-resistant—if the sample section stains or if undiluted white vinegar left on the surface for an hour causes etching or damage, it's not authentic soapstone.

Can you use vinegar to clean soapstone?

You can make various natural soapstone cleaners with water and white vinegar, water and soap, water and lemon juice, or many other combinations. The key to choosing a natural soapstone cleaner that works best for your home is considering loved ones' health conditions.

Does soapstone emit radon?

Soapstone does not emit radon. This make it desirable as a building material for homes because it does not release a toxic gas into the living environment of human beings. It is advantageous in that regard to granite which does emit radon.

What happens if you don't oil soapstone?

Soapstone surfaces need not be sealed, but we recommend treatment with mineral oil if consistent surface darkening is desired. Without treatment, soapstone will darken in uneven regions around surface areas most frequently used. Leaving the soapstone untreated will develop a patina of age that many people enjoy.

Which is better quartz or soapstone?

Quartz Countertops are your most durable option for New Stone Countertops. Scratch-Resistant, Chip Resistant, and Stain Resistant without ever having to Seal your Countertops.

Why do people love soapstone?

The nonporous, stain-resistant properties of soapstone make it ideal for kitchen surfaces. This dense material doesn't harbor bacteria, so you can easily wipe germs and contaminants from your countertop, sink, and backsplash.

Is soapstone water resistant?

Over time, natural soapstone develops a natural patina. Beneficial Features: The material is stain-, chemical-, and water-resistant but scratches easily.

What is the best countertop for your money?

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is one of the strongest materials you can use, making it one of the best-value countertops available. Both scratch- and stain-resistant, quartz countertops can look brand new for years even after withstanding heavy usage.

What colors does soapstone come in?

Soapstone slabs tend to be found in shades of grey, black, and green with some thin, light streaks. The pattern of the stone tends to be subtle and fairly consistent. Soapstone slabs are available in a honed/matte finish.

Can you cut on soapstone?

We recommend cutting soapstone with a circular saw diamond blade, however a masonry blade will work. Simple edges may be finished with common powered sanders. More ornate edges can be mastered with a router using carbide router bits.

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