Slate is another natural stone material that has become popular to use in construction. It is most often supplied in the form of slate tiles which are used for flooring. Slate flooring is not only luxurious and stylish, but it will also serve as a long-term investment as slate is a durable material. At Artmar, we supply beautiful slate tiles in a variety of hues to meet our clients’ décor demands.
Slate is a natural stone material that is mostly sourced in quarries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The area that the slate comes from will determine its characteristics and appearance. The natural stone products supplied at Artmar are all extracted from our own quarries in Turkey. Generally, slate is extracted from stone quarries in large, rough slabs which are then cut into smaller slabs and tiles that are easier to manage. These smaller slate slabs are then exported and processed further to meet clients’ décor requirements.
Slate flooring is resistant to impact and is therefore ideal to apply in areas where a high volume of traffic is expected. It is also a good choice in areas where moisture is expected, such as a bathroom or around a pool, as it is naturally slip resistant.
Slate tiles are available in a variety of finishes, including clefted, which means that the slate is still in its natural state, honed, which is polished but still offers a bit of slate’s natural surface, and polished, which is refined slate that offers a glossy finish.
Best of all, slate tiles require very little maintenance due to it being stain resistant. To clean it and keep it looking brand-new, nothing but a sweep and a mop is required. So, if you are weighing your options for natural stone flooring, slate is a stylish and cost-effective option to consider.
Besides the unique beauty it offers, slate tiles also offer the following advantages – making it a popular choice in high-traffic areas, both in residential and commercial properties:
• It is an ultra-durable material
Slate is one of the toughest, most durable natural stone materials, which is why it is such a popular flooring option. Characteristics of slate include hardiness and resistance to cracking, scratching, breaking and chipping. If properly sealed and cared for, slate is also resistant to staining and will last for years to come, without the need to remove or replace it. With the correct sealant, it is also suited for high-moisture areas such as kitchens or bathrooms.
• It adds value to your property
Slate is seen as a prestigious flooring material and therefore, by applying slate in your home, you are boosting the value of your property. Some of the most common areas for the application of slate flooring include entryways and foyer, kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor entertainment areas.
• Tiles can be replaced
Violent impact can cause slate tiles to chip or flake. In such instances, it is possible to easily remove the affected tile and replace it with a new one. It is important to note, however, that the colours may be different as the new tiles may not be from the same stone batch. A good idea may be to purchase a few extra tiles when buying your tiles to use as replacements when required.
• Great for radiating heat
Just like other stone flooring options, slate is a recommended idea when combined with underfloor heating equipment. Slate radiates heat very well and homeowners can expect the floor, as well the surrounds, to heat up fairly quickly. This attribute makes it a preferred choice in bathrooms.
• It offers a unique appearance
Slate tiles offer a vast variety of colours and patterns, allowing for a unique appearance when applied in your home. Some tiles come in solid colours, whereas others are multi-coloured and ensure a more unique finish.
To ensure a successful and lasting installation of your slate tiles, we also offer a selection of high-quality adhesives and other application products at Artmar. Our finishing products include sealants, grouts, and adhesives that have been specifically created for the application of natural stone products.
Feel free to contact us directly to discuss your slate tile requirements.
Due to the inconsistency of the printing process, there may be colour variantions between the products in this brochure and the actual product supplied by Artmar.
The onus is on the purchaser to ensure that the colour of the products provided is acceptable to them.