Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism. It is made of compressed layers of sediments formed under the ocean. It is an incredibly diverse material, fitting in both rustic and contemporary interiors.
Slate is an incredibly strong natural stone material. Its hardness makes it resistant to cracks, scratches, breaks and chips. It is ideal for commercial buildings, high foot traffic areas and houses that are home to children and pets.
2 Appealing Aesthetic
Slate is a truly beautiful, unique material that involves the natural patterns on the surface.
With the textured surface, slate tiles are great for creating a beautiful and rustic look in residential or commercial interiors.
Slate can last well over 100 years.
Slate is an eco-friendly material at all stages for its lifespan.
5 Affordable Cost
Slate is a cost-efficient material and it requires little maintenance and repairing during its lifetime so it will help you save costs in the long run.
6 Fire Resistance
Slate is fire resistant because the formation of slate occurs when rock layers are exposed to extreme pressure and heat.
7 Water Resistance
Slate is highly resistant to moisture, so it works great in the rooms with high moisture levels, such as in bathrooms or kitchens. They are often used in showers, or carved to produce bespoke basins and shower trays.
8 Heat Insolation
Slate can store heat well when combined with underfloor heating systems. Slate tiles can keep room warmer for longer after the heating is turned off.
1 Painful to walk on barefoot
The rough, cleft surface of natural slate can be painful to walk on barefoot.
2 Cold underfoot
Unlike carpet, hardwood or cork, slate tile tends to be quite cold underfoot.
3 More expensive than carpet, vinyl and laminate.
Natural cleft finish is a natural and pleasingly textured surface created when freshly quarried slate is manually split into sheets.
Honed finish is a soft, beautiful and smooth finish, like a satin finish.
Sand rubbed finish is a texture created by hand rubbing sand with water on the face of the stone, the result gives slate a sand surface.
Slate comes in a range of colours. It is usually black, dark green, and gray, but can also feature includes of red, purple, gold, and blue.
Rinse the surface after washing with the soup and then dry with a soft cloth.
Choose stone cleaning product.
The wide range of colours and unique texture make slate tile a popular interior material to add a wonderful addition. Its tough composition makes it resistant to fading, scratches and chemicals. However, it tends to be cold in touch and painful to walk on barefoot, as well as more expensive than other alternatives. You will have to weigh the pros and cons of slate tile and then decide if it is worth investing in.