Slate is a metamorphic rock that can be split into thicknesses ranging from 8 to 14 mm. It is because of this unique property that slate is perfect for home flooring.
Very few flooring materials have the visual impact of slate which has the warmth and elegance of a natural stone. Slate flooring provide good insulation from both heat and cold and is resistance to chipping, cracking and abrasion.
The natural colors, textures and other inherent qualities of slate marry perfectly with the varied requirements of the modern home. No two pieces of slate are alike resulting in each slate floor being unique and one-of-a-kind. Slate is available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns with natural color variations that ensure that your flooring will be unique.
Pros & Cons of Slate Flooring
- Slate kitchen flooring is as durable as ceramic tile or stone flooring.
- A slate floor can be hard on the feet.
- Slate will stain unless sealed and can be slippery when wet.
- Practically indestructible.
- Slate is characterized as a hard, dense, and fine-grained surface that requires little or no maintenance.
Installation of Slate Flooring
Slate flooring are installed using a glue down method. The glue is a cement-based material that contains grains of silica sand. The procedure used in laying of slate kitchen flooring is similar to that of laying a ceramic tile. Finished up with grouting, cleaning and sealing. Because of the micro-crystalline composition slate tiles are very stain resistant after they are sealed to the flooring.