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Slate

Slate, being a slip-resistant medium, is often used for different flooring applications. The colors and subtle textures of a slate floor complement most of the interior design scheme. Natural slate has a look that cannot be matched using man-made alternatives. The durability of a slate floor makes it a cost effect option, in the long run. Its combination of hardness and beauty also makes it a choice for commercial applications as well as the home. It can hold up to heavy and repeated traffic and still maintain its natural beauty. Slate Lasts for Hundreds of Years, with No Maintenance Required!!

Slate is a fine-grained rock formed by the composition of mud and stone sediment. Being a natural material, slate is found beneath the earth’s surface in many countries throughout the world. With subtle variations in color and texture, slate resonates warm undertones and rustic charm. A metamorphic rock, slate forms from the low-grade metamorphosis of the sedimentary rock, shale (“mudstone”). Like its precursor, slate is a very fine-grained rock consisting of microscopic clay minerals combined with microscopic quartz and calcite. Some slates also contain a few of the minerals found in granite, resulting in iridescent or hard surfaces. The alteration of shale by heat and pressure produces the pronounced partings (cleavage) that give slate its layered characteristics.

Uses for Slate

Types of Slate

Sizes of Slate

Special Considerations

Natural shade variations are inherent in slate. Be sure to inspect multiple samples of the stone before selection to ensure satisfaction with colors and patterns. Shalling (material splitting from the surface) is possible. This will cease over time.

Maintaining your Slate