Many people today opt for slate flooring. Slate is a fine-grained material in the family of metamorphic rocks, which consists of quartz, mica, chlorite and also calcite. In the past, slate material was commonly used for outside purposes, such as for building exteriors, but today, slate is successfully used for flooring. There are both pros and cons to using slate as a flooring material, both of which are described here to help you decide if slate is your best flooring choice.
Waterproof and Stain Resistant
An excellent characteristic of slate is that it is waterproof, thus slate can be used for bathroom floors, driveways, pool areas, etc. For the same reasons slate is resistant to stains, which makes slate flooring an ideal choice for the kitchen where drips and stains are common. So, slate flooring, from a cleaning point of view, is the best choice since it doesn’t need a lot of fussy cleaning procedure.
Slate - Very Heavy-Duty
Slate flooring is very heavy-duty and is the best if you have a busy household. You can rest assure that you don’t need a lot of delicacy around slate flooring, especially if you have young children in the house or if you have a lot of visitors. Also an important feature of slate flooring is that it is fire resistant and doesn’t require heavy (and expensive) maintenance.
Price and Style
There are a lot of different designs on the market today, so eventually you will find that color and design made for you. Slate flooring when compared to other flooring option can prove to be a little expensive at first hand, but when you consider all of its features and calculated relatively how much it will serve you, then I think the extra money spent at the beginning will surely prove to be worth it. To reduce the amount of money, you can opt for a do-it-yourself installation, that way you can cut off money used for labor and invest it in the material itself. Remember that if you are a complete novice on this subject, let a professional handle the work.
Slate Flooring and Cold Weather
Maybe the main drawback of slate flooring is that in winter, slate flooring can be a little colder underfoot. The latter problem can easily be avoided by insulating properly the bed of the slate tiles prior to its installation. This is the most common problem experienced when it comes to slate, but when you compare it to all of the benefits of slate flooring, I can safely say that the balance shifts heavily on the pro side.
Scratching of Slate Flooring
In order to minimize the scratching, it is highly advisable to add proper padding to your furniture. Slate can chip easily if not taken care of properly but this also applies to other types of flooring, maybe with the exception of granite, which is quite strong in this department.
As you can see there are a lot of pros and cons regarding slate flooring, so prior to making a decision, weigh all of the options alongside with your taste, so that you can truly choose the best material and design for your home.