Slate tile is known for its rustic charm. A stone frequently used in farmhouses and craftsman architecture, its rich colors and earthy texture make it an excellent floor covering indoors and out. If you’re interested in adding slate tile to your Hillsborough home, you can learn more about the benefits of this natural stone tile here, and contact our team at Floor Coverings International Hillsborough for a free in-home design consultation.
Facts About Slate Flooring
Slate is a metamorphic stone formed underground by low heat and pressure to become the layered stone we recognize today. As a building material, it’s very tough and durable and requires little maintenance. It must be professionally installed and properly sealed, but once in place it will be a worry-free surface for many years to come.
Slate is naturally water and slip resistant and a great option for high traffic spaces and other areas where traction is important. For this reason, it’s frequently used on patios, around swimming pools, in bathrooms and on stairs.
Slate is available in a wide variety of colors. Although darker than other popular stone tiles, such as limestone, slate ranges in color from dark greys and blues to lighter tans and even rusty reds. It’s typically associated with a rustic look, but it fits beautifully into contemporary spaces as well.
Availability and Cost
Slate is available in different grades, and the density of the stone relates directly to the cost. Lower quality or improperly installed slate can have a tendency to chip or crack, so the investment in quality materials is well worth it. Porcelain tile is available to mimic the look of slate for a fraction of the cost, but the texture and durability won’t match the real thing.
If you are interested in learning more about slate or other stone flooring options contact our team at Floor Coverings International Hillsborough. We’ll provide a free in-home consultation to help you find the perfect floor covering for your home.
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