Natural stone tiles are quickly becoming a popular material for kitchen and bathroom floors, and slate is one of the most popular choices for homeowners looking to install a natural stone floor. Slate is a durable and long-lasting material that offers a wide range of colors and textures to bring a unique tone to your home. Here are some reasons why you should consider slate when picking a new floor for your home.
Wide Range of Colors and Textures
Slate is a metamorphic stone, formed from minerals under immense heat and pressure for over thousands of years. This means a slate tile can offer a wide range of colors and minerals in its appearance, ranging from a solid black to shades of green to red, and other colors, and can have particles of minerals such as quartz, calcite, kaolinite, feldspar, and several others. Untreated slate tiles are typically rough and uneven, but the texture offers a rustic look to your home.
Durability and Easy Maintenance
Natural slate is a highly durable and one of the strongest flooring material, making it highly resistant to scratches, chips, and cracks. Higher quality slate flooring is naturally slip and stain resistant, while lower quality slate will need some stain treatment after installation. Slate is also water resistant, being a non-porous material; with regular mopping with water and some cleaning detergent and sweeping, natural slate requires very little maintenance over its lifetime.
Natural stone flooring is great at transmitting and retaining heat, and slate is excellent for installing over a heating system, leading to toasty floors and warm rooms on cold mornings. Although natural slate is expensive, depending on the quality, installing a slate floor can raise the resell value of a home, especially for homes with slate floor kitchens and bathrooms.
Installing a slate floor is a lengthy job, so contact the professionals to give your home a gorgeous new floor. Pittsburgh Flooring offers a wide range of flooring materials and carpeting services, and our dedicated, reliable and timely service has made us one of the most trusted flooring companies in Western Pennsylvania. Check out the site to learn more or call us at 412-347-4343 to get a free quote or to schedule an appointment today!