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Slate Floors

Slate floors offer a beautiful natural look. They are both waterproof and extremely durable, making them a good choice for any high traffic areas including kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, utility rooms, and sunrooms. They can also be installed in basements and porches. Slate come in a range of colors, and some slate has a wonderfully natural multicolored shade. Slate flooring is easy to maintain.

The following should be considered when buying a slate floor:

  • Color - blues and grays are not as warm looking as tones of brown and orange. Multicolored types will look busier than plain ones.
  • Size and shape of the cut tiles - they can be square, rectangular, octagonal or randomly cut. Installing tiles of the same size and shape will result in a more formal look than the crazy paving resulting from using a mix of shapes.
  • Texture of the tiles - rougher slates are not as formal as smooth ones.
  • Grout lines between the tiles - contrasting grout color gives a more patterned look than matched grout. Very thin grout lines are more formal than thicker lines.

Slate can be slippery, so be careful when using products that seal them for a polished look. Clean them by vacuuming and occasionally mopping them with clear water.

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