Slate flooring is becoming more and more popular and we can see why, it’s stylish, hard wearing and will suit almost every home. In this blog post we’re going to explain some of the main pro’s and con’s of slate flooring to help you decide if it’s the right option for you.
As floor tiles go, slate is just about the most hard wearing material you can get. If you have a busy household, or a daughter or wife that wears stiletto heels then slate is the flooring material for you. Another great thing about slate flooring is that it is totally fire resistant and requires very little maintenance.
Waterproof and stain resistant.
Slate is a fantastic flooring option for people with children and pets due to its water and stain resistance. The fact that slate is water resistant also makes it a great option for outdoor spaces, driveways and poolside areas. Slate is also the perfect choice for a kitchen, as any drops or spills are easy to clean up and will cause no lasting damage.
Look and cost.
A real plus point of using slate is there are so many different varieties and colours to choose from, meaning there is something to suit all tastes. Whether you live in a modern house, or somewhere that is older and more traditional there will be a slate tile for you.
The initial purchasing of slate might seem more expensive than other flooring options, however when you consider the durability and longevity of the stone, over time it becomes a very cost effective option.
In the winter, any stone flooring will get cold and slate is no exception. However, there are measures that can be taken to ensure your feet stay toasty over the colder months. The first option is to properly insulate the tiles during the laying process and the second (and costlier) option is to invest in underfloor heating which is rapidly becoming more and more common throughout the UK and will keep your feet and the rest of the room warm.
Scratching and chipping.
Although extremely durable, slate is not invincible and can scratch and chip. The easiest way to combat this is to add padding to the bottom of your furniture. Not only does this reduce the chances of your floor getting scratched but it also reduces the noise your furniture will make when being moved along the floor. A great example of this are dining chairs that get dragged in and out from under a table, pop a felt pad on the bottom of each leg and you will be protecting your floor and your ears!
Regardless of these con’s, slate is still a great flooring option to go for throughout the home. We have a wide range of styles available to view in our showroom.
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