Common Slate Applications: Slate is used for flooring, cladding and landscaping.
Slate is a siliceous stone like granite. It tends to be gray, dark red, black or dark green. It has a unique cleft texture. Slate tiles come in a variety of shapes colors making it a viable choice for any application. These can be applied to both indoor and outdoor settings with the same, elegant outcome. Slate’s versatility allows its use for flooring, countertops, fireplace surrounds, walls, furniture, and even cabinets.
When using slate for countertops, the most popular slab thickness is 3-5”. This give your kitchen a bold look. Thick slate slab countertops have the ability to define a kitchen.
Common Slate Applications
There are numerous, distinctly different types of slate available, with each offering its own unique features and colors. Most people tend to choose Vermont slate for its uniformity in color and smooth, natural finish. Vermont slate can be found in blue, red, black, and green tones. Another commonly used slate is Brazilian slate which features more colors and patterns. Vermont slate is also a very hard material. For a softer slate, you might choose Chinese or Indian Slate.
Sealing slate tile is mandatory to increase the life span of the product. It is recommended to reseal Slate every 3 years. When you clean or polish slate, the surface can become very slippery, so you have to take care when walking on it. If there is dirty wax buildup on top of your slate, you will have to remove it before cleaning, after which you will want to sweep away any leftover dirt or debris. Vacuuming slate is not recommended, as it can damage the surface. You are much better off using brooms or wet mops and natural stone cleaners to clean your slate.
Slate is heat-resistant but it is not scratch-resistant. It does not scratch easily, but it is prone to scratch if the wrong object comes in contact with it. Furthermore, everyday occurrences such as a pet stepping atop the surface could scratch slate. Though it will ultimately last for many years, homeowners just have to be more cautious with slate.
If you do allow for your slate to get scratched then it’s unlikely you will be able to remove the scratches. Certainly, you’ve been in a situation where you just had to deal with an annoying scratch that just wouldn’t go away. On a countertop, for example. You could find yourself in that situation with slate. Your options would likely be to let it be or have it replaced.
Slate is known to fit in nicely with older-styled homes. Homes that aren’t quite modernized. Slate offers more of a rustic, sleek appearance given its matte finish. Its black/dark grey appearance plays as a nice compliment to hardwood flooring.
All things slate can be addressed by Galaxy Granite & Stone. We offer all sorts of granite designs. We also offer granite, marble, quartz, travertine, limestone and silestone. Give us a call at (972) 525-4989 and we will answer any of your slate or other stone questions.