bathroom tilesTile is one of the most popular surfaces chosen for a bathroom because it can be easy to keep clean, ignores water, and comes in any color or texture. It also is the subject of many a complaint from someone whose job it is to keep the bathroom clean. Why is there such a difference of opinion? Usually, it has to do with the choice of tile and grout or the way the tile is installed.

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Slate has been used as a building material for centuries. Look around at historic buildings in Montreal and you will probably see slate tiles on the roof. Usually, a slate roof will last the life of the building, but occasionally one or two tiles are damaged somehow and building owners were talked into replacing the entire roof with “modern” shingles. This generally leads to regret, because the modern shingles don’t have the lifespan of slate.

slate tilePeople also use slate on the ground as pavers for a patio or walkway. The natural texture of slate helps keep it from being slippery when wet. Indoors, slate is a popular flooring choice because the natural variations guarantee a unique floor like none other. It’s also used as a fireplace surround and in many other applications.

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