Slate Backsplash Pros and Cons

A slate backsplash is one of the most popular focus points in many new kitchens today. They are installed in kitchens with a wide array of looks and styles. Here are some of the pros and cons of a slate backsplash.


  • Looks- Slate tile provides you with a look unlike any other material. It has a very contemporary, natural look that goes with many decorating themes.
  • Good with water- Slate tile is good around water and durable when you are cooking. Slate tile allows you to wipe off water messes without any issues.


  • Strength- One of the biggest drawbacks of slate tile is that it is somewhat brittle. While you will not have a lot of wear and tear on a wall tile, there is a chance that you could hit it with something at some point. When you have a brittle tile like slate, you may have to deal with chipping and breakage.
  • Requires sealing- In order to properly prevent staining, you will have to seal the slate periodically. Most experts recommend doing it every year for best results.