SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS

 Technically speaking Soapstone is a very dense rock with talc being one of its main components. Its wide variation on the talc component is the

responsible for its hardness variation. This hardness will vary from 30% to 80%, notice that the lowest that percentile the hardest the stone

grade will be. The talc component for the Soapstone used for architectural purposes, such as countertops, usually varies within the 30-40%.

Soapstone has a warm and soft feeling to the touch. Color wise Soapstone is predominantly grey to dark charcoal with subtle flowing veins.

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Although Soapstone is softer than most of the other natural stones, its density it’s what sets it apart from all other stones. Soapstone is very

dense and therefore, non-porous, for that reason being one of the most used stones for chemistry labs and acid rooms around the world.

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Soapstone has no natural competitors as far as its impenetrability; nothing will permeate or stain its surface. Due to its thermal

 nature soapstone is widely for different cookware applications, going from wine coolers, beer mugs to pots, pans and servers.

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CARE AND MAINTENANCE CLEANING SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS

Cleaning your soapstone countertops on a daily basis is simple and can be done using a mild detergent or a ph neutral

stone cleaner.Although chemicals and acids will not harm your stone, they will remove the mineral oil treatment given to the stone.

Regular application of mineral oil enhances its beauty turning it into a dark charcoal gray and even black.

natural soaptone kitchenUntreated  Soapstone Countertops

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Oil Treated Soapstone Countertops

Getting rid of Soapstone Scratches

Soapstone is a soft stone; therefore it will scratch much easier than granite or marble. While many soapstone lovers can

appreciate that, applying mineral oil or light sanding easily hides those scratches.

SOAPSTONE SLABS

The slabs sizes and characteristics will vary depending on its Quarry. That’s one of the main reasons why Soapstone colors

are usually named after their Quarries, such as “Santa Rita Grey Soapstone” instead of just by their main color. Soapstone slabs

average 7-9’ long by 6’ tall. The Soapstone used here in the States comes mainly from Brazil, Finland and India.

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Soapstone colors will vary from lights shades of gray and green, with subtle white Quartz veining, which gradually

darkens over time. Mineral oil application will enhance the soapstone deep colors and patterns.

Grey Brazilian Soapstone

Atlanta Soapstone Suppliers carry a large inventory of slabs where you can select the color and pattern that best fit your

application and lifestyle. Stone Connection is one of the Brazilian’s Soapstone Suppliers here in Atlanta.

SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS COST

 

Soapstone is a timeless and fit into any décor. Soapstone countertops price range can go anything from $75-$150

which is similar to mid-high end granite or Quartz.

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SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS PROS AND CONS

 

If you want natural stone in your home and also want to go almost “maintenance Free” this is the stone for you! For me and of the sales stand point, working with Soapstone is such an easy task! Customer will either love it or hate it! This for me is awesome! Soapstone lovers understand and appreciate the nature of this stone and usually pay no attention to the short “Cons” list.

In reality, Soapstone eliminates all three major concerns homeowners have when shopping for natural stones for their countertops.

 

PROS:

Soapstone is Heat, Acid and Stains resistant!

 

PROS:

Soapstone is Heat, Acid and Stains resistant!

-       Soapstone thermal characteristics make it an excellent head conductor and also resistant to high heat without suffering any damages.

-       Other natural stones, such as granite, marble, limestone will suffer a chemical reaction when in contact with acidic materials.

The sealer applied to the stone does not protect them against the acidic reaction caused by lemon, tomato sauce, wine and even plain water with a high ph.

-       It doesn’t need to be sealed. Soapstone is super dense, meaning it’s non-porous and will require no sealant.

There’s only a few granite colors will have that same property as soapstone, and don’t need to be sealed as well.

-       It’s age-old look fits the traditional and contemporary styles;

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CONS:

–       Quite honest, as someone who grew up around soapstone countertops, pots, pans and farmer house sinks, I can hardly find any cons to offset

its Pros, versatility and visual appeal, other than its narrow range of colors.

–       Oiling or treating soapstone countertops is optional (not required by any means). It will not have any effect on the appearance or characteristics

of the stone other than darken it, giving it a more contemporary look.

   mirasol soapstone countertop

Bottom line is: Soapstone brings that age-old look into the traditional and modern lifestyle.

Soapstone ages gracefully and it’s beauty and strength will certainly out do yours!

Got a Granite Countertop Project?

Don’t Stress yourself,

We  have  a Few Tips  for you…

Okay let me guess… you finally got your husband to agree with that long dream of having your kitchen remodeled…. Hahaha!  You wish!!  You might be saying…. But still, even if all you got

was the go ahead on replacing those outdated kitchen countertops… Go ahead! And let me tell you,  that  just that alone,  could be all you need for now, after all with kids and a household to run…

let’s be honest, you already got your hands full my friend!

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Here are a few tips that might help you along the way, and might end up saving you some money as well,

if you do your homework and help you get your new project done in a breeze…

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First, no matter where you are located, chances are you might have a few granite fabricators in your area, and let me tell you, that’s where you want to close your deal.

You might want to start by shopping online for granite or marble colors ideas, and even getting some Quotes online.  Then, maybe even going to one of the big box stores

for a second Quote. But remember, that Quote will serve you just for comparison  purposes; you will save money by going directly to one of the granite shops in your area!

Here is some information you need to have handy when shopping for Granite Quotes:

-        A rough drawing of your  kitchen layout with dimensions;

-        A picture of the kitchen area will help as well, (not required, but very helpful).

-        Square footage

Additional information, such as cook top cutout and sink cut outs will be needed as well. Also, if you can remove the existent countertops before installation date, that will

also save you some money.

You will have some free options for edge profile, so, take advantage of that. Most stone fabricators will give the option of choosing your own granite slab, so look for those.

Also, with Social media being such a great help these days, look up for the Company’s reviews online.

Once you narrow down, your best choices call them and get your project started. Usually you can get a good feeling about the company you’re going to do business with just

by speaking with someone over the phone. From there on each company will have their own procedures, but usually it’s pretty straight forward.   

And remember, if you want to save money and have a more personal experience during the process… look for a granite fabricator in your area with experience and great

customer service, they will provide you with a lot more service for a lot less.

Natural Stone adds Value, Beauty and Elegance to your Home

Natural Stone adds Value, Beauty and Elegance to your Home.

Natural stone has been the premium building material of choice since the beginning of time. Quarried from rock beds formed over millions  of years, natural stone s used in residential and commercial setting comes from all parts of the world, including Italy, Spain, the U.S., Brazil. Canada, China, France, and several other Countries.

Granite and Marble, two of the most popular stones among homeowners, are quarried in the form of huge blocks, some weighting up to 35 tons. These blocks are cut into slabs generally ¾” or 1 ¼” thick and the faces polished to the specified finish. The slabs are then carefully crated  and shipped to fabricators worldwide who process them into the final product.

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, natural stone offers you unparalleled beauty, permanence, and uniqueness-and adds true value to your home.

Because stone is natural, not manufactured product, no two pieces  are exactly alike, which means each finished countertop, wall, floor, mantle, or sill is distinctive and matchless.

And unlike synthetic imitations, natural stone can be three-dimensional and used as columns, statuary, balustrades, doorjambs, and even furniture pieces. When used in exterior applications, natural stone has also proven superior to manufactured or engineered stones in withstanding the effects of nature.

Val Rocha has been in the granite countertops fabrication Industry for over ten years, helping homeowners, designers, contractors and high end builders add long lasting beauty and elegance to their projects by choosing Natural Stone. She also provides online granite marketing for Local Granite Fabricators, helping them to have a stronger online presence.

Granite Countertops in Atlanta – Get your fabricator’s Help.

Getting help of your Atlanta granite countertop  fabricator when upgrading your kitchen countertops doesn’t only means that they will be replacing your old existing ones. It means that they will be working alongside with you guiding you and instructing you about what would be the best buy for your money and helping to find the specials and promotions that are going on at a whole sale level. Because, at the when those savings are transferred down to you, extreme value will be added to your project.

We all heard that a great way to add value to your home is by renovating your kitchen and bathrooms, including  replacing your  outdated countertops. Bringing a fresh, and new look into those areas. So, when time comes do it the right way and by that I mean add real value to your home and gorgeous look to your kitchen or bathroom. You can achieve that when you work with a granite fabricator that will help you find the best buy for your buck. How can you do that? That’s a great questions right?

All comes down to finding a fabricator that will work with you having your best interest in mind.

Many homeowners do an intensive homework looking for the best online deal when is time to renovate their kitchen or bathroom. One of the downsides of that is that if you have not established a personal relationship with your local fabricator, that great deal might not be a great deal at all. You might wonder, why would I want to get to know my local granite fabricator right?

For the same simple reason you get to know your pharmacist down the street, your mailman, and so on…. Do you get the drift?

I have found this relationship to be quite profitable for my customers, and they can certainly verify that.

What’s the point for that? Just recently I had a chance to help some of my clients to upgrade their kitchen  granite countertops in Atlanta  with amazing savings for them. When I say upgrading, I don’t just mean replacing their outdated Formica countertops for a lower level/standard Granite; but something that would be way above their budget if they would try to shop around or even go after online specials. Of course I had to put a lot of my time into it, but at the end… I have happy customers, and brand new referrals coming to me… bottom line: we all win!!!

Again, it comes down to service; and large companies or the Big Box Stores out there will not take time to work individually with each of the customers that walk into their doors.

A small local granite fabricator will be your best partner and will give you the same quality service you deserve for much less of what you would pay for dealing with the big chains out there.

For a few tips on how to find your local granite fabricator check one of my last blogs: “Granite Fabricator – How to Select One”.

Val Rocha has been in the granite countertops fabrication for over ten years, helping homeowners, designers, contractors and high end builders add long lasting beauty and elegance to their projects by choosing Natural Stone.

Granite Fabricators – How to Select One

Selecting a reputable Granite Counter top Fabricator in your local area might not be too difficult. With today’s technology you can have access to any information with just a few clicks of a mouse. The same is true when you’re shopping online for your granite or marble countertops.  You can compare prices, colors and even get precise quotes online.  Certain websites will allow to even place your order online, at those sites you are the one responsible for all the final measurements and  the fine print which is never read by many homeowners  tells you that they  have no liability over the information provided  when placing  order. The tops are shipped direct to you and  you are responsible for their installation. The material used is usually pre-cut  2cm product, imported from China. This process is what I call “counter tops express”, of course the final installed  result will vary depending on  each homeowner’s  skills. Having your custom counter tops  made by a professional local granite fabricator is an overall completely different experience. If this is the route you decide to travel on, here are a few tips you should consider after your final online experience is over. Just like any other savvy shopper , do you homework online, compare prices, once you narrow it down to a few local contractors, here is what you should consider before closing your deal.

1. Ask family, friends  and neighbors for referrals and call local Stone suppliers for recommendations.

2. Contact the ones you have identified as potential contractors and schedule a in home appointment for estimate. Most will offer this service for free, but confirm in advance.

3. During you Estimate appointment describe what you envision for your counter tops, and ask all necessary questions.

4. Evaluate your quotes, request references, and check them.

5. Request proof of liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

6.Select the contractor you believe is skilled and trustworthy, and with whom you feel more comfortable with. Make sure everything you and your contractor agree to is included in your contract. Don’t sign anything until you understand and agree with all the terms.

7. Plan your project carefully, then keep the lines of communication open with your contractor throughout the project. Keep a job file of all important documentation.

8. Ask your contractor to estimate a time frame for the job and plan accordingly.

Always keep in mind that  your local fabricator will be that company that for years to come will be able to serve you with all your future natural stone needs. So, building a good relationship with your local granite fabricator will certainly serve you in the long run; at least this has been the case for us. After been in business for almost eight years now, in the same area we have had the pleasure to serve hundreds of  homeowners throughout the years that repeatedly come back to us for new projects.

 

Val Rocha has been in the granite countertops fabrication for over ten years, helping homeowners, designers, contractors and high end builders add long lasting beauty and elegance to their projects by choosing Natural Stone.