Typical Pricing of Soapstone Countertops
|What is Soapstone?|
Soapstone countertops are delicate to the touch, but they are very durable and can last for a long time. They are also very beautiful and elegant, with neutral colors that look great in any room. This is why soapstone has become an ideal material for countertops. However, most people are turned off by their price. A medium-sized soapstone countertop can cost as much as $1,000.
Soapstone is usually sold in slabs that are measured by square feet. Remember that soapstone is heavy, so make sure your counter is sturdy and stable to begin with. A square foot of soapstone weighs about 20 pounds (10 kilograms). A countertop with a weak foundation can easily break or crack under such weights.
The most important factors in determining the price of a soapstone slab are its thickness, surface area, and weight.
$70 to $100
Within this price range, soapstone slabs are priced by thickness rather than surface area. Most slabs in this range are three-fourths of an inch thick, the standard thickness for all countertops. The thickest slab of soapstone you can find is about two and a half inches thick and could be worth about $90 to $100. However, these slabs may be very heavy and difficult to install, not to mention risky for your entire counter. Low-end soapstone slabs are always readily available and may be bought straight from the store.
Soapstone countertops in this price range are fully customized and are usually cut in unusual shapes or with edge and border details. The customer decides on the thickness and surface area with the help of a contractor, and the countertop will be priced accordingly. Extra charges apply for add-ons, such as border accents, backsplashes, and custom shapes. Installation may also cost more.