Slate tile has "an air of prestige and a reputation of longevity," as HGTV describes. Formed from miniscule fragments of silt and clay compacted by high temperature and pressure, slate makes for a refined and versatile tile surface that is dependable and low maintenance.
The most common applications of slate tile are for flooring and roofing. An all-slate roof can last up to 50 years before needing to be replaced, a testament to its long-lasting durability. But stone experts will agree that the benefits of slate are more fully realized in flooring applications.
Not only is a slate tile floor a long-term investment that adds value to your home, but it also provides a soft, smooth texture is comfortable under foot while relatively easy to clean and maintain. While its natural composition results in a high resistance to stains, slate is a metamorphic rock that can be susceptible to splitting between layers. The way to avoid any type of splitting damage, however, is to simply ensure that it is installed on a solid surface foundation with mortar.
Unlike some other natural stones, slate flooring can even retain heat, making it perfect in colder climates or for spa-style bathrooms. Here are the additional benefits that can be achieved with slate flooring based on the different tile finishes that are available.
- A Natural cleft finish offers slight roughness for anti-slip traction.
- A honed or sandblasted finish creates a slick look and feel.
- A penetrating seal can be applied for a wet look without any glossy buildup.
Based in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Marble and Granite offers an extensive collection of slate tiles in a variety of colors and finishes that can help you achieve gorgeous flooring in any style commercial or residential interior that will retain its beauty and value for years to come. Builders, contractors, architects, designers and builders can purchase directly from this site and have products shipped anywhere in the world.
By Susan Teare via Houzz
By Ed Ritger via Houzz
Sources: HGTV and Guide4Home