Slate tile is a great way to add style and value to your Clearwater home or business. This beautiful, low maintenance, natural stone tile is a solid investment that can last for years. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Floor Coverings International Seminole. We’re here to help you decide if slate tile flooring is the right fit for your next project!
What Is Slate?
Slate is a beautiful metamorphic rock that forms through the compression of sand and other sediments over time. There are different quality grades of slate depending on the exact composition of the stone. Higher grades of slate, such as used by our partners, contains a greater concentration of silica, a mineral that makes slate harder, less porous, and more resistant to scratching. Lower quality slate contains less silica, making it less durable and more prone to damage.
Where To Use Slate
Slate comes in a range of colors, from the more commonly seen grays to warmer browns, greens, reds, and even purples. Like marble and travertine, every piece of slate is unique and will have a subtly distinct appearance. Quality slate is an extremely durable material and will perform well in areas that experience a lot of foot traffic. A major benefit of slate tile is that, because it’s relatively non-porous, it is more stain resistant and less slippery than other tile options. This makes it a great choice for areas like kitchens or bathrooms. Slate is less prone to breakage cause by freezing, inhibits mildew growth, and is fireproof. While it’s naturally rather chilly underfoot, slate tile pairs wonderfully with radiant heating to create a stylish, but comfortable, floor.
Caring for Slate
Slate tile is fairly easy to maintain through regular sweeping and damp mopping with mild detergent to remove grime. However, because every piece of slate is different, some tiles might be more durable than others. For this reason, we recommend that you reseal slate tiles every two to three years to ensure even protection across your floor as a whole. Doing so will help ensure that the slate stays looking beautiful for years to come!
Want to use slate tile in your next project? Contact Floor Coverings International Seminole today to schedule a free, on-site, design consultation and project estimate. We’re locally owned and proudly serve the Clearwater, Seminole & Largo areas!