Fabrication differences: granite v. soapstone

peridot44October 10, 2012

I'm going to search for a soapstone fabricator soon. My GC has never subbed out for soapstone before. And, my cabinet guy "has only heard bad things about how fragile it is."

So, needless to say, I'm not asking them for fabricator recommendations.

Based on what I've learned on GW, soapstone and granite should not undergo the same fabrication process. So, I need to be wary of a fabricator who can't articulate how he would do soapstone differently from granite.

But, if I'm going to be an educated consumer, I need to know the right answer when I ask, "how do you do handle a soapstone fabrication?" Basically, I'd like to know what part(s) of the granite fabrication process are no-nos for soapstone.

Can anyone tell me the key things to look for? Or, just as important, what responses would tell me I should avoid a certain fabricator?


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You would do best to find someone who just works with Soapstone. What part of the country are you in?

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 8:00AM
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I'm in the western suburbs of Baltimore (Go O's!)

But, I'm willing to travel, if the fabricator is excellent and my house is within his range.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 9:13AM
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any competent granite fabricator should be able to fab soapstone. In most respects soapstone is easier to fabricate.
anyone thats been fabbing for a while should already have soapstone experience.

Sealing is a good question to ask; soapstone can be oiled repeated after installation, sealed, or sealed with enhancer. Oiling or seal & enhance bring out the most color in the stone. A good fabricator will explain the difference and give you a sample before they apply the oil or sealer.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 2:27PM
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Please feel free to call me at my work. Avanti Marble & Granite, Inc. We are a distributor of Soapstone and I can answer any questions you might have. 301-874-3900 We are in Frederick, MD.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 2:26PM
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Hi again - I hope you didn't take my above message the wrong way. I am not trying to sell you anything. We do not sell to the general public. It struck me that it might sound like a sales pitch. I truly would just answer any questions you might have.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 12:50PM
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Gardenstate Soapstone in N.J. (others have found them great, though I didn't have a great experience with them...needed Fla. Joshua to refinish my counters.) Bucks Co. Soapstone in Philly, M. Texeria in NY will all come to Baltimore. If you go local....GET REFERENCES and go see the soapstone installed to see if it meets your expectations.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 1:13PM
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