Soapstone is predominantly Talc, like the powder, and is quite soft (1.5 on 1-10 scale). However, it is non-reactive and non-porous so it will survive almost anything. It is virtually impossible to stain soapstone because of its density. Oiling Soapstone will darken it over time. This should be done by the homeowner to their liking.
Slate is a fine grained stone, smooth, dense and durable. Some varieties of slate are soft and easily scratched (which can be remedied with an application of mineral oil), while other varieties can be almost as hard as granite. Slate resists stains very well and is temperature tolerant.
Quartz These materials are made of natural quartz chips encased in a resin base. They typically are very consistent in their colors because they are made in factories, of specific mixtures of material. They do not require resealing. You can buy quartz under the following names: Caesarstone, Technistone, Zodiaq, Silestone, etc.
Corian is easy to look at and easy to care for. It can be thermoformed, carved, molded, textured and routed to conform to your imagination. Normal cleaning only requires a damp cloth and a mild cleanser. Avoid using strong acidic cleansers. Do not place hot pots or pans on your Corian Countertop. Integrated Corian sinks are also available.
Stone selection subject to change. To view slabs online Click Here