Stone tile is a great way to bring natural elements into your Ottawa home. Our team at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East has gathered the facts about slate tile flooring to help you decide if it’s the right fit for your home.
What is Slate Tile?
Slate tile is a type of all-natural stone flooring. Slate tiles are usually gray in color, although this material can also have a blue, orange, or reddish tone. For home use, there are two key varieties of slate tile to consider: honed slate tile and clefted natural slate tile.
Honed slate has been polished down to minimize the texture of the stone, which improves comfort underfoot. This type of slate creates a surprisingly sleek and modern look in any room. Clefted natural slate tile has only been honed on one side. This flattened side will adhere to grout during installation, while the natural side (only lightly buffed) preserves the natural look and feel of the stone. The rustic beauty of clefted natural slate tile is undeniable.
Benefits of Slate Tile
The appearance of slate varies greatly according to its source, and slate tiles are prized for their one-of-a-kind quality. Versatile slate comes in many colors, with a hue suitable for almost any aesthetic. Slate is also the least expensive of all the natural stone flooring options, including granite and marble.
On the practical side, slate tile is both durable and water repellent. Resistance to moisture makes slate a great choice for areas in the home that are prone to this sort of damage. Slate tile flooring will add a rustic charm to a mudroom or laundry room, and it can also be used in the bathroom or kitchen for a modern look.
Slate is very hard, making it resistant to scratches and most damage. With the right sealant, it’s nearly stain proof. Low-maintenance slate is easy to clean and resistant to bacteria and mold, making it a great option for people with allergies.
Slate tile is made from stone, so it’s hard as a rock (literally). This can make it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time, especially for those with joint problems. The hardness of slate can also be a double-edged sword when it comes to durability. While slate tile can be counted on to stand up to wear and tear from muddy boots or unclipped puppy nails, it can prove brittle if extreme blunt force is applied.
Since slate is a natural product that comes in a great diversity of colors and patterns, finding an exact replacement for a damaged tile can be difficult. One solution is to use a higher quality of slate for your project. High-grade slate will be denser, thereby increasing its resiliency to chipping and cracking from the get-go. Problem solved, although the buyer will pay a premium for this peace of mind.
Our team at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East would love to help you improve your home with slate tile flooring. Contact our team for a free in-home design consultation in the Ottawa, Orleans area today.
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