Slate tile is tile made from slate, a metamorphic rock which can be found in large deposits all over the world. Slate tile has been used in roofing and flooring for centuries, and this stone has a number of other uses around the home. For example, it is an excellent surface for counters because it has great thermal resistance, allowing people to set hot pots and pans directly onto slate tile. Slate comes in a range of colors, which is part of the appeal of slate tile. It can be gray, bluish, green, red, orange, or brown, often with veins of color running through the tile.
Slate is natural stone that from time to time needs professional cleaning and sealing. Slate also comes in several different textures. There is a smooth slate and a cleft finish which is a rough finish. Slate is a porous stone and needs to be properly cleaned and sealed after installation.
We can advise on proper care of your slate surfaces and recommend appropriate aftercare and cleaning products.
Typically we will use a topical seal to give the slate a glossy or satin finish. Topical sealers provide surface protection, chemical & stain resistance by forming a film on the surface. These are generally used for matt textured porous surfaces, such as: Terracotta, Slate and Concrete. Topical Sealers will alter the appearance, slip resistance and are generally only used internally.