There is one sure way of knowing that a floor tile is natural slate – it will be unique. It’s virtually impossible to have two slate floor tiles that look identical – nature doesn’t work that way. This is one of the features that make a slate tile floor so attractive.
Slate is a metamorphic rock, the term metamorphic referring to the fact that this rock has transformed from one rock type to another. With slate, that transforming phase creates rock that is colored from dark red through to a dark bluish grey with patterning that changes through the layers. When tiles are cut from this rock, each tile then shows a different pattern, hence its uniqueness.
Some of the characteristics that make slate ideal for flooring include it’s hardness and durability, its water resistance, and its ability to absorb sunlight without getting hot – in fact, slate is the perfect outdoor tile since it won’t get too hot underfoot, even in full sunlight. Slate tiles are also one of the best tiles for wet areas because of their non-slip characteristics.
Are slate tiles a good flooring option for your project? The only sure way to find out is by talking to a tile expert like those at Éco Dépôt. They will help you compare the different floor tiles (or wall tiles) that are available to determine which is best for your project. Slate tiles are very versatile and can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, general living areas and outdoors. This makes them a sound option for most situations. Our tile experts can also advise you on how best to lay slate tiles, and how to care for them to ensure they have a long life.