Origin: When coastal soil, clay, and other minerals are compressed and heated over millions of years, the result is what is known as slate. Slate demonstrates a rough-hewn beauty, that is also helpfully naturally slip-resistant too.
Appearance: Slate tile is of varying surface thickness, which is why it is so slip resistant and appealingly contoured. It’s generally calibrated and squared, which makes it relatively straight-forward to install as natural stone tile goes. You have a number of finishes to choose from with slate, from a flat finish to a high sheen finish for that classic ‘wet’ look. Color variation in slate is a big theme you’ll notice, even from batch to batch. But, you can work this to your advantage when it comes time to creatively lay out each tile.
Effects: Slate tile is used extensively as an interior flooring surface all over the house, with a rustic, casual, and welcoming effect.
How to use slate: Flooring, wall cladding, patios and pool surrounds.
Advantages: Natural slip-resistance, wide color range even in the same batch.
Challenges: Slate is heavy, so be careful if heavy lifting is a problem. Also, be sure to ask your vendor about exterior use of slate tile in relation to your specific climate. Slate won’t thrive in certain climates.
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