When you are shopping for countertops for your DFW kitchen, there are so many choices out there. For many, the beauty and durability of natural stone appears to be the clear winner. Yet, even if you decide to go with natural stone, there are still many choices. Take the time to do some research and decide which stone you like the appearance of and will best suit your needs.
One popular natural stone countertop is soapstone. This beautiful material is a metamorphic rock that comes from magnesium-rich talc. Soapstone resembles soap in appearance, hence how it got its name. Soapstone is usually gray in color, although it is sometimes available in white. The stone tends to darken over time and take on a greenish hue. This process makes it look antique. For some, this is a welcome change, while others may prefer their countertops to keep their original color. Here at Wholesale Granite Direct, we offer soapstone countertop installation in DFW.
Marble Vs.Soapstone Countertops
Marble and soapstone are both popular for countertops. Both materials have pros and cons and similarities and differences to one another. Marble is available in more colors than soapstone, but it doesn’t have the cloudiness of soapstone. With both stones, choosing common colors means a lower cost
Both marble and soapstone are softer than granite or quartz, however they are still very tough. Soapstone may look especially soft because of the soapy appearance, but it is quite hard. On average, marble is tougher than soapstone, but it really depends on the individual composition of the slab.
In terms of cost, soapstone ranges in price from $70 to $120 per square foot, while marble ranges in price from $60 to $85 per square foot. Soapstone is a little easier to care for, but both tend to scratch easier than materials such as quartz or granite. Keep in mind that these prices fluctuate constantly.
Quality Soapstone Countertop Installation
If you decide to go with soapstone countertops, our expert installation team take care of your needs. Our team will show up at your home on time and carefully install the countertop that has been fabricated to meet the exact specifications of your kitchen. Our team will cut holes for the faucet and take care of everything that you went over with the designer. We will inspect the installation thoroughly and can answer any questions that you have.
Soapstone Countertop Care
Once your soapstone countertops have been installed, it will be very important to take care of them. By performing proper cleaning and maintenance, you will help your countertops to look great for many years. Unlike most other natural stone countertops, soapstone does not need to be sealed. However, soapstone does need a regular application of mineral oil if you would like to help it darken. Most people think that darker soapstone looks better, so they want to help it along. If you would like to help your soapstone darken, apply mineral oil once a month until it reaches the shade of gray you desire
If you don’t oil your soapstone it may become splotchy. Drips will become more noticeable. If you do apply oil regularly, this will help to keep drips and splotches at bay. Soapstone tends to scratch easily, but you can usually polish or sand scratches off, so it’s usually not a big deal. Soapstone is also heat resistant, but it’s still a good idea to avoid setting hot pots and pans directly on the surface.
On a daily basis, clean up spills right away. Also, clean the countertops with an all-purpose kitchen cleaner or mild soap and a dishrag. Always use a cutting board. Do not chop and dice food directly on your countertop.
Soapstone Countertops With Wholesale Granite Direct
When choosing new countertops for your DFW home, its best to work with experienced professionals. New natural stone countertops are a big investment and you want to do business with someone who knows what they are doing. At Wholesale Granite Direct, we have a great staff that will help you through the entire process. We can help you learn about the different types of natural stone countertops so that you can make the best decision for your needs.
Our team can then help you visualize your space with your chosen product and help with any design needs. After that, we can install your new countertops and make sure you have the knowledge you need to take care of them.
We are a family-owned and operated company and have more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Because of recommendations, we have grown into the biggest retail slab yard in the entire DFW area. A full design team is available to customers at all times and our showroom has a variety of choices for any type of natural stone countertop.
If you would like to learn more about soapstone and see what it looks like, come into our showroom today. Also, feel free to contact us online or give us a call with any questions you may have.