Alberene soapstone

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[Alberene Stone Corp.] A trademark for a dense, homogeneous soapstone quarried in Albemarle and Nelson Counties of Virginia. The color of Alberene soapstone can range from a medium blue-gray to a deep black. Alberene is used for laboratory benches, sinks, stair treads, and flooring because it is durable and chemically inert. Soapstone is also used for radiant heat floors because it absorbs heat well and cools slower than Slate, Concrete, or Brick. Alberene stone is used in outdoor monuments, sculpture, and architectural features because it is resistant to the effects of Weathering and Acid rain.

Alberene stone

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alberene stone

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 734
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Frank A. Lent, Trade names and Descriptions of Marbles, Limestones, Sandstones, Granites and Other Building Stones Quarried in the United States Canada and other Countries., Stone Publishing Co, New York, 1925

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