Quartz Vs Soapstone | Countertop Comparison
Quartz and soapstone can both provide stunning beauty as countertops or accent pieces in homes, apartments, and businesses. Though both are stylish and will increase the equity of any home, the durability and composition of these two materials greatly differ since quartz is an engineered stone and soapstone is natural.
Quartz that is used for countertop purposes is actually an engineered stone created by man from natural quartz minerals. Slabs of quartz used for countertops contain about 93% crushed quartz combined with about 7% polyester resin. These stones contain consistent patterns, and can come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures. Since quartz is man-made, it is completely non-porous, and the consistent patterns make it easier to hide seams. The stone is also highly durable, and can do well in a high traffic area. Quartz is made by a variety of popular companies, such as Caesarstone, Quantra, and Santa Margherita.
Soapstone is a natural stone like granite, so no two slabs are ever the same. It is composed of mineral talc, which makes it quite soft, but the balance of quartz included the composition of soapstone countertops will increase its strength. Soapstone comes in varying shades of grey and can have hints of green, black and blue. Soapstone will not stain and is also heat resistant. Since soapstone is non-porous, bacteria will not be able to penetrate it. The color of soapstone darkens with age, giving a beautiful worn look that is sought after but many elite interior designers for luxury projects. It will require some applications of mineral to darken evenly.
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