It’s not unusual to see soapstone countertops in both older and modern homes. This classic but versatile material has been used for many generations and is still popular today for many different reasons. Here are a few you may want to know about.

Environmentally Friendly

Many people consider soapstone counters to be an environmentally friendly choice. The processes used both for the manufacturing and removal of the stone from it’s quarry are both considered to have a low environmental impact. In fact it was considered safe enough that there were once many quarries in the New England area, although much of the process has moved to Brazil.

Great for Countertop Functionality

One great feature about soapstone countertops is that their non-porous nature gives them the advantage over other materials. This makes it harder not only for things to stick to the surface, but for liquids to seep in and stain the countertop. The non-porous nature of soapstone also makes it harder for bacteria to grow. In fact this hygienic attribute is also why many medical labs choose soapstone as their work surface. Soapstone is also considered to be very durable as it is fairly dense.

Timeless Style

Soapstone has been popular for generations. In fact is can still be seen in Colonial English homes as everything from countertops to floor tiles. This, perhaps, is part of how it’s come to have a reputation as a traditional material; however, it’s still a popular choice for many modern and contemporary homes as well.

Many people are pleased with the addition of soapstone countertops to their home. Not only does it have a timeless appeal usable with a variety of decor styles, but it’s non-porous nature helps you keep your countertops clean and bacteria free. It’s durability and low environmental impact are other reasons you may want to consider this great material for your countertops.