Slate tile floor in modern Goshen kitchenSlate tile is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners in the greater Goshen area for its beauty and versatility. Slate is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock that is formed from clay or volcanic ash in layers underneath the earth’s surface. Slate is available in a wide variety of colors, from dark black to dark browns and greens, and is quarried from different regions around the world, including the eastern coast of North America. With large quarries for colored slate here in New York, slate can even be considered a local material, an added bonus for homeowners looking to source products locally.

Benefits

Slate is one of the most durable natural stone tile choices, making it a great option for many flooring applications. Although it requires a special sealant to protect it from stains, its natural qualities make it highly resistant to cracks and scratches. Properly treated, slate also holds up well in spaces with high moisture, making it a great option for wetter areas with high traffic, such as kitchens, mudrooms, and bathrooms. Although it’s natural stone, slate is also very good at transmitting and radiating heat, making it an ideal candidate for those heated floors you’ve always wanted.

Slate floor tiles

Design

Considered an upscale flooring material, natural slate tile adds beauty and elegance to any space, and the wide range of tones and variation of color means you’re sure to have a truly unique floor. Slate comes in both solid- and multi-color varieties, which allows you to choose as bold or subdued floors as you desire. No matter the choice you make, just be sure to order extra tile: in case a tile is ever damaged or breaks, it can be very difficult to match the existing floor years down the road.

Maintenance

A simple maintenance routine will keep your slate tile floors looking their best for many years to come. Regular sweeping and dust mopping is important for removing dust and debris that can cause scratches and surface wear over time. Proper sealant must be applied every 2-3 years to help protect the floors, and the surface should never be mopped or washed using chemical-based cleaners that will wear away at the finish.

Considerations

The biggest downside of slate tile is often the cost. It is also very heavy and difficult to install due to specific preparation of the tile and subfloor, and not recommended for do-it-yourselfers. Although it is a more significant investment than other flooring options, the overall cost will be spread out over the lifetime of this very durable material, which can even add value to your home.

If you think slate tile is the right choice for you, or if you’d like to learn more about it or other natural stone options, call Floor Coverings International Orange County NY to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. We’ll bring a great selection of flooring samples right to your home to help you find the perfect flooring for your needs!

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