Following are summary statements regarding Alberene’s soapstone and its production processes.
In addition to this information, feel free to visit our specs page.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at 434-831-1051. We look forward to working with you.
Achieve Your Project LEED Points
Alberene Soapstone, quarried in Schuyler, Virginia, can qualify for LEED points for projects within 500 miles of the plant as a Regional Material.
Zero chemicals during mining and extraction
No chemicals or explosives are used in the quarry.
No need for sealants
Soapstone is naturally nonporous and does not require chemical sealants once installed.
Increases Temperature efficiency
Soapstone’s natural ability to retain heat makes your stoves and heaters more efficient, your sub-floor heating more effective, and is the best natural stone for passive solar applications.
Low Carbon Footprint
Our soapstone has the smallest carbon footprint of all soapstone sold in the United States. In fact, most stone sold in the U.S. is imported from China, India, Brazil, Italy and Iran. Our quarries and reclamation sites are within five miles of our mills located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.
A portion of our inventory comes from reclaimed blocks quarried a generation ago. We pull from these blocks what can be used, whether it is full-size slabs or flagstone, nothing is wasted.
All material at Alberene is put to use. If a block does not yield large slabs, it is used for smaller products like pavers, flagstones, or tiles.
Does Not Harm Air Quality
Our products do not offgas. We do not use epoxies to fill our slabs or apply chemical sealants like almost all other stone products; we do not “back” our materials with epoxied mesh weave; and we do not use adhesives as they do in laminated or composite wood products, which employ formaldehyde-based bonding agents. In fact, at no point in our process do we deploy chemical agents – from extraction to finishing.
Just Stone, Truly Green
Many “green” countertop materials are created or processed using significant energy. Whether the chemical binders and resins used in solid surfaces or the transportation of recycled glass for terrazzo surfaces, most other “green” products on the market require much more of the environment than Alberene Soapstone.