What is Slate?
Slate: “a dense fine-grained metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments (such as clay or shale) so as to develop a characteristic cleavage”
Aside from its wide-spread use as both indoor and outdoor flooring, slate has historically been used in roofing shingles, billiard tables, chalkboards, and cemetery markers. Early electrical panels used slate for its insulation abilities. Today we enjoy the same insulation properties by noticing how quickly slate warms up when we turn on the in-floor heat below it. Also, if you have sun hitting the floor, the heat transferred to the slate is an added bonus. It feels great under foot and will radiate heat for quite a while after the sun has set (or after you’ve turned that in-floor heat off).
The technique for installing slate is similar to installing ceramic or porcelain tile. The subfloor must be properly level, and an anti-fracture membrane (substrate) must be used. Extra care must be taken when installing calibrated slate to ensure each tile is installed with a minimum of lippage–you don’t want people tripping over that natural texture!
As with all natural stone, slate should be sealed after it is installed. Proper sealing protects the stone from water damage (a must in exterior applications), as well as staining. We suggest a premium sealer such as Dry Treat’s Stain proof or Intensifia. Stain proof will protect the stone for 25 years (no re-sealing needed), while keeping the same look and feel it had before sealing. Intensifia enhances slates colour for 5 years, while simultaneously providing a premium sealing element. If you like the way your slate looks when you put water on it, consider sealing with Instensifia.
Installing slate tile flooring in your home or office will enhance the monetary worth of your property.
The enduring beauty of slate tile enhances any setting, making it a perfect flooring option, no matter your style or design preference.