Slate flooring is not as popular as other flooring materials. Many homeowners simply are not aware of the benefits of this magnificently versatile and beautiful flooring material. In addition to making beautiful flooring, slate is often used as a roofing material.
Ideal For The Homeowner
Slate is very versatile and durable. Slate has a smooth texture, but it is deceptively hard. Slate is both moisture and stain resistant – some slate products may require a sealant. Slate floors are not as expensive as marble floors or granite floors, yet has the same natural beauty.
Slate Floors can be heavy – always check the load bearing capacity of your sub-floor if you are fitting flooring above ground level.
Slate is a natural stone product. It is both bacteria and allergen resistant. Slate comes in a wide variety of natural stone colors. Slate does not need to have heavy waxes applied; it is beautiful in its natural state!
Slate is very hard, durable and long lasting. Most slate is water resistant, but some versions must be sealed to prevent staining. Slate is ideal for bathrooms, entryways and basements.
We advise you not to attempt installation of slate flooring unless you are a serious do-it-yourselfer or a professional. Make sure that you can handle the job before you start. Mistakes can be very costly to fix. If you’re not sure that you can do it yourself, then go to a home hardware store and ask for instruction first. Though slate is not as heavy as marble or granite, it is still heavy nonetheless and must be handled with care. Additionally, it must be installed with precision.
Thin slate tiles can be installed below ground, but if you are installing it above the ground floor, be sure that the floor can handle the increased load. If you have installed slate before, you will probably be able to install thin-cut slate.
If you plan to install slate flooring yourself, follow these basic guidelines:
1. Use thin tiles
2. Use a wet diamond blade saw to cut the tiles
3. Be sure you measure accurately
4. Get instructions on grouting properly
5. Take your time!
Check out the different color and pattern varieties of slate – I guarantee you will be surprised!
It is fairly simple to keep your slate flooring clean. Due to the natural stone in slate, the floor will probably trap more dirt than you realize! Simply sweep well and go over with a damp mop and mild household detergent. Also, be sure to keep sharp objects such as uncoated chair legs and other metal objects away from slate flooring, to prevent scratching. Slate is hard and durable, and will last a lifetime with proper care.
Advantages/Disadvantages of Slate Flooring