Monday, February 22, 2010

What is Slate Tile Flooring?

slate tile flooring, slate tile, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, bathroom floor tile, kitchen floor tileWith all of the various types of flooring you can do for your next home renovation, there is one that is known for its organic-looking flair. It is called slate tile flooring. This type of tile flooring gives the appearance of truly living in the outdoors or having a holistic feel to your humble abode.

While there are just as elegant-looking floorings, such as ceramic and porcelain tiles, slate tile flooring consists of unique cuts of different rock mineral elements to give the entire surface area a nice and balanced appearance while actually remaining quite robust and durable.

Slate tile flooring is not man-made. This is unlike the vinyl ones that you typically would see in apartment bathrooms and kitchens. Understandably, those are much cheaper materials that are rather thin and will most likely break down and crack sooner than later. (Yes, they are that cheap in quality).

No, these slabs of fine-grained quartz, chlorite, mica and calcite are literally slates of metamorphic rock that are quite robust.

And just how are these rocks formed in the first place? Slate are formed in ocean or riverbeds. This is where sediments collect, become compressed through heat from the earth and its crust. Then, when they are collected, they are smoothed down by a machine to a flat bottom surface, while the top is a naturally grooved split-face surface.

Many people wonder if this type of material is safe to place on the floor, and slate tile flooring is actually is suitable for home use.

They are always measured in Metrics, and are commonly cut into 12x12, 16x16, and 24x24 dimensions. The pieces are installed with a medium-bed mortar. This is so that the variations between the pieces are rather minimal, (since the natural slabs of slate do vary in thickness).

Slate tile flooring does require a bit more maintenance than porcelain or ceramic tiles, but many homeowners find that the extra effort is quite worth it. For all of the unique aesthetics and amazing quality, it just simply is better.

In addition to the standard indoor surface areas to install these beauties, there are also outdoor patio areas that are commonly desired placements of slate tile flooring. As long as there are not existences of sand, then the pieces can be mounted. Simply keep in mind that these slates are not meant to be installed in sand.

As long as there is a solid substrate on mortar outside, then installation will be possible. Just keep in mind that the slate tiles are randomized in each pallet box. Therefore, when deciding to install the pieces yourself, be sure to open all of the boxes to see all of the existing tiles.

Then, you can decide how you want to arrange the different-colored slabs together. Otherwise you will run the risk of ending up with the same colored/textured pieces with absolutely nowhere else to go but the entire remaining surface area of the floor!

Certainly, you will want to avoid this color faux pas and be able to vary the patterns ahead of time.

When deciding on purchasing your very first slate tile flooring system, you will need to be certain that your existing floor is not flexible or malleable. The substrate must be quite solid, for flexion in the surface will indeed cause the slates to move and crack.

Otherwise, the rocks will be just that. Rocks. Sturdy and durable rocks that resist wear and tear over long periods of time.

2 comments:

Rajib Hossain said...

I have already that kind of information. Thank you!

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Anonymous said...

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