Soapstone/Slate: Natural Stone
- Soapstone – Soapstone (also known as steatite, or soaprock) is a talc-schist which is a type of metamorphic rock. It is largely composed of the mineral talc and is one of the softer stone choices. The color of soapstone ranges greatly depending upon the type of soapstone used. Over time, natural soapstone develops a natural patina. Alkalis and acids won’t affect it as they will a granite, marble, or slate. For decades, soapstone has been used extensively in laboratories and science classrooms for sinks, flooring, and work surfaces. Its durable and dense composition make it ideal for these applications. Soapstone is reputed to be one of the most indestructible countertop surfaces and is well suited to more rustic or casual design tastes. Since soapstone is a very soft material it scratches easily and it typically cared for by light sanding and re-oiling.
- Slate – Slate is a fine-grained, metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash. It is the finest grained foliated metamorphic rock. Slate has a distinctive cleft pattern and is usually uniform in color. It has a defined appearance and comes in different colors including green, black, dark red, gray or even mottled purple. Slate is a very hard stone, durable and waterproof. Great choice for floors, fireplace surrounds, countertops and outdoor applications.