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We at Architecture Stones offer soapstone as one of the many types of stones we have available to our customers. However, many people are actually quite unfamiliar with what soapstone is, what it is made out of it, what its main characteristics are, or what the pros and cons of soapstone are. Therefore, we will be reviewing all about what soapstone is, as well as what the pros and cons would be of incorporating soapstone into your next home renovation project. Let’s get into it.

What is soapstone?

Soapstone is a type of rock made from metamorphic rock. This type of metamorphic rock is mainly composed of talk, which is a mineral that is rich in magnesium. Soapstone is a rather versatile type of rock that can be used on many surfaces throughout a home. Common examples include tile, countertops, sinks, stoves, and fireplaces.

What are the pros of soapstone?

  • – It is a type of rock that is nonporous, so it is resistant to absorbing moisture, making maintenance much easier
  • – Soapstone is also stain, bacteria, and heat resistant (It is chemically neutral and cleaning only requires soap and water)
  • – Soapstone is pliable, meaning it is resistant to cracks because it is not brittle
  • – Environmentally friendly (not manufactured with synthetic chemicals and can be recycled)
  • – Does not need to be sealed and is simple to install
  • – Offers a high return on investment and can even increase the value of your home
  • – It can be made available in white, grey, or black making it easier to fit the style of your home
  • – Soapstone is known for its beauty

What are the cons of soapstone?

  • – It comes in a limited amount of colors and it is typically more expensive than other types of stone
  • – Oily substances can significantly darken the surface of soapstone and it can easily be scratched
  • – Some people do not enjoy its “soapy” texture

Now, as you can see, soapstone is definitely a unique type of rock that has many interesting characteristics to it. There are also various pros and cons to soapstone that should be considered by a homeowner before deciding to invest in it for their home. Some of these may be a dealbreaker to you, but may be perfect for someone else’s home project. If you have any further questions regarding this information on soapstone or if you would like to contact us for a free estimate, we would love to hear from you!