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Rock Solid Marble and Granite LLC
1345 N Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257
One of the most popular stones we install is Soapstone. A New England favorite. A traditional use of this material was the laboratory table top in chemistry labs. That application alone should serve as a great testimonial to the chemical resistance of this material.
Soapstone (steatite) is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. A main mineral component in soapstone is talc, giving a warm, soft feeling to the touch. Color ranges from from light grey to dark charcoal as well as a green/blue hue. Slabs vary from little veining to dramatic white/light green veining.
Although it is a softer stone with less scratch resistance than other stone varieties Soapstone is nonporous. Its dense makeup makes it naturally antibacterial. It will not burn or stain and requires very little maintenance. Acidic food and wine won’t etch soapstone as they will other stone surfaces.
Soapstone does not require any chemical sealers. All that is needed is an application of mineral oil or wax which will enhance the color and bring out the natural veining found in this stone. Over time, Soapstone develops a natural patina.
Are you looking for a Soapstone Sink? Rock Solid fabricates custom Soapstone undermount and farm sinks from the same slabs used for your countertops to provide a perfect match.
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock which is predominantly silica that is formed from sandstone. Quartzite is extremely popular due to its marble like appearance and granite like properties which makes it an ideal choice to be used in kitchen. Hardness of quartzite makes it extremely resistant to water absorption, heat & scratches. It’s a perfect choice for kitchen countertops because chemically it has a very high resistance to anything acidic. (There are instances when a particular block of a quartzite can have traces of calcium carbonate which can be a cause of localized etching if that particular section comes in contact with anything acidic. Quartzite even in this situation will give you more time to clean up before it starts to etch).
Limestone, Travertine and Slate are also commonly used in a variety of applications within the home. Visit our showroom to learn about and view all the possibilities nature provides.