Granite is rock-hard, literally. It’s second only to diamond in terms of the hardness of natural materials. When properly installed, it will be the last countertop you ever need. If you replace it down the road, it will be because you want to and not because you have to. It resists chipping, scratching and cracking. Because of their hardness, granite counters are also heat resistant. If you do manage to chip or crack the granite, it is a relatively easy thing to fix, depending on the severity of the damage. While it’s not recommended, if you occasionally set a hot pan or tray directly on the countertop, it won’t damage it the way it would laminate, wood and other softer materials.
Solid-surface countertops also eliminate much of the hassle of upkeep. They’re easy to repair, resist stains and scratches, and require little to no maintenance.
Perhaps the most endearing quality of solid-surface countertops is the fact that the material can be cut, carved, cast and formed—without any visible seams—to the shape of your choice. This means homeowners can integrate design features like a sink or backsplash while at the same time eliminating those tiny but pesky gaps (where the counter meets the sink or the wall). This means water, crumbs, and bacteria won’t have a place to hide on them.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock with soapy-feel surface. Soapstone is natural stone as like granite quarried that is also extracted from mines. Soapstone has the composition of the mineral talc in a great amount of concentration. This makes it soft and unlike other countertops.
As the soapstone carries a higher percentage of quartz that is why it is typically used as countertops. They are also temperature resistible and they are perfect for kitchen countertops.