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Jul 14, 2010 04:44 PM

Hard to find Soapstone for countertops in Ohio

Just read the old blogs on soupstone countertops. I am very sure that I want to install it in our massive remodeling project for our farmhouse kitchen. However, I seem to be getting resistance, or maybe a lack of interest in the companies around here to install. If they do have it, they only have one or two slabs and only one variety to purchase. Has anyone in Ohio (Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton area) dealt with a contractor for this and is happy with the installation/price, etc.? Thanks

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  1. Im in the same predicament in Columbus now. Did you find anyplace that carried a selection, or did you find another solution.

    It also seems there is only one quartzite slab in all of Columbus too. I feel like living in Ohio means we feel off the face of the earth.


    1. try these guys:

      If they can't do it, they'll know where to find it.. and if they can't do it, there's a good reason why.

      1. After getting no response from Chowhound, I went searching other websites, etc,. to no avail. The only soupstone I found was in Columbus, and it was green, not what I had in mind for my kitchen. Funny enough, noone was particularly enthusiastic about selling it to me. After looking at all the options out there, I finally decided to go with quartz. It is not as shiny as granite, there is no sealing, it is absolutely trouble free. What was a second choice (quartz) for me, has really turned into a lucky stroke--I really love it, I love the look, the maintenance--it turned into a great choice. Now, knowing all that I do, quartz would have been my first choice to begin with. (easyfitproductsinc. was not that helpful either.)

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        1. re: Tomlyn

          They're good folks -- maybe you just caught them on a bad day.

          1. re: sunshine842

            It had nothing to do whether or not they are "good" folks, or catching them on a "good" day--I meant that they were limited on how to help or supply, especially in the Dayton/Columbus area. The local supplier that serviced me with the quartz was excellent. Again, if I had to do it all over again, I would have saved all the time and bother to end up with quartz, which I am highly pleased with, given the lack of needing sealing and virtually no maintenance, and a beautiful un-granite like look.

            1. re: Tomlyn

              Curious to ask all on this thread as to their main reason(s) why they'd like soapstone. My curiosity is based on my college background (Geology) and also having been in the natural stone products field for a portion of my working life. Not (directly) in the industry currently, however, I am in the home remodeling field and may be able to shed some light and knowledge on the subject of counter top substrates.

        2. For me, mostly asthetic reasons. I wanted a softer look than granite, and I did not want that super shiny look in a farm house kitchen theme. It (soupstone) seemed to promise all the benefits of granite (durability, etc.) that other countertop options didn't offer. I also think it has pretty natural pattern to it- the ones I saw on the internet-not particularly the few I saw in the showrooms. Still, glad I was "forced" to choose quartz.

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          1. re: Tomlyn

            Tomlyn -- Makes sense and I figured this (shine vs. dull/soft) would be a response. Most Americans like a shiny finish on their stone whereas Europeans tend to want a less shiny finish...I'm generalizing but this seems to hold fairly true. For future reference, stone may always be finished to be less shiny -- what we know of as shiny is a finish (diamond) of 600+ grit (standard scale). Stone can be finished to what is called 'honed' which equals ~400 grit...this will appear satiny to the eye -- not reflective/shiny. All granite, marble, et cetera may be finished to this level...all it would take is asking the fabricator or supplier.

            1. re: billygoat

              The honed granite I saw resembled the look of leather to me, which to me, was as equally unappealing. Where I saw this and remarked about it, the supplier, who is also a fabricator, was rather unhelpful, so that could have also been a problem. And I agree about the American vs. European look.

              1. re: Tomlyn

                Tomlyn -- I've heard the manufacturers term 'leather' used before but am not sure of the finish/grit level used to achieve. The lack of shine...that why I figured you liked soapstone; there's a stone called sodalite that people like for counters/tables...same problems with softness though. All in CLE -- there is a supplier's yard (Universal Granite & Marble) located in (?) Oakwood Village. You'd probably need credentials (designer) to get in, but they'd have a pretty complete selection of what's out there. Virginia Tile in Beachwood is also great for seeing and staying current with substrates and trends.

          2. I can recommend Rainbow Cultured Marble in Brunswick; we have worked with them on two bathroom remodels. They carry a line called Dorado, which comes in six colors. I inquired and was also told about Mont Granite in Solon, who carries three colors. I like soapstone too and will probably look at it when we remodel our kitchen, though we'll probably end up with quartz.