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
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
- 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
using products that seal them
for a polished
look. Clean them by vacuuming
mopping them with clear water.