Keeping the House 101: Slate Tile Flooring

Slate Tile FlooringSlate flooring comes from natural stone quarries. The material splits into thin sheets easily, which makes it easier for manufacturers to transform it into tile form. Manufacturers cleave quarried stone into uniformly sized tiles. Slate is a lovely metamorphic rock with deep colours. This was created deep in the crust of the earth when heat and pressure transform shale, a sedimentary rock, into a denser and more compact material. Slate tiles stand out because of their deep shades of green, grey, black and red. This flooring is slip resistant, stain-resistant and fire-resistant as well.

Choosing the right raw material for your home

When the slate tiles come from near the surface, the quality is lower than stone mined deeper in the ground. Since the stone is more exposed to natural processes like erosion and weathering, its surface is more porous, and tiles may be more prone to breakage. Ask the manufacturer to give you slate tiles mined from deeper sources to be sure of the quality. Denser tiles mean longevity and lesser tendencies to break.

Slate installation is not complicated. In no time at all your living areas will shine with the natural beauty of slate floors with the help of a flooring expert.

Maintaining your flooring system

It may be necessary to apply stone sealers to slate floors. Despite its natural stain resistant quality, certain types of compounds in beverages can leave unsightly stains on the stone. Don't wax the floor because it will only detract the stone’s natural sheen. The sealer is enough to bring out the deep tones of your slate floor.

Slate is a great flooring material. Buy the highest quality tiles you can find and you will enjoy its natural beauty for many years.