Slate Tile Flooring – Characteristics, Pros and Cons

Slate tile is the most sought after flooring materials of the present day as it has very good functional qualities. They are available in a vast selection of patterns, designs and colors that enhance the visual appeal of any area they are installed in. It is very convenient to maintain slate tile flooring and needs minimum efforts to keep it shining and radiant. Installing slate tile flooring in your home or office will enhance the monetary worth of your property. It is a natural product that is available from the mines and mountains. Slate tile flooring is considered as one of the most preferred bathroom flooring options.

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Slate tile flooring is also available in varied grades of quality. The most exclusive and fine quality slate is found underground and needs to be mined. Slate flooring obtained from the mines is very expensive as it is of exceptional quality and needs a lot of time, money and effort to extract it. Lesser quality slate flooring is available on the surface of the earth’s crust. It is of less quality and is easily available. It has many pores on its surface as it is less used by customers as a flooring material.

Fine quality slate tile flooring has numerous exclusive features. It is naturally resistant to stains and slips. Slate is resistant to stains for its lifetime and is considered a non-porous flooring material. It is extremely resistant to water and fire and cannot be damaged easily. Due to these features slate is considered the safest natural stone flooring material. It is very easy to clean and maintain as it needs regular sweeping with a broom and a floor mop with a mild soap. Slate is liked by many customers and is the most popular flooring material to be installed as it is flexible and provides a wonderful visual appeal to the area it is installed in.

Lower quality slate also has similar characteristics; however it does not stand the test of time.

Drawbacks/Cons of Slate Tile Flooring

  • Slate tile flooring can be subjected to the maximum impact but sometimes there are changes that the flooring might chip or crack.
  • The colors available in slate flooring are less as its color comes from the different minerals that are deposited on its surface at the time the slate was removed from the mines.
  • This flooring material is very expensive and is considered as a luxurious flooring material in the market. However, it is an investment that gives you complete value for your money with its matchless performance and longevity.
Slate Tile Flooring – Characteristics, Pros and Cons was last modified: May 8th, 2013 by Jason Valasek

14 thoughts on “Slate Tile Flooring – Characteristics, Pros and Cons

  1. Marilyn

    Slate is beautiful and gives a natural appeal anywhere. I didn’t know it was so expensive but hey when you want quality you pay for it. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Olga Bates

    Perhaps it would be practical to have this type of tile on areas in the house that are most at risk for slippage like the kitchen. Another problem with this type of tile is that it has the tendency to expand or shrink because of the minerals it has thus will make the floor uneven.

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