UPDATED: A guide to using slate in bathrooms

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Natural stone is a very versatile and durable material that you can find in many homes. From kitchens to bathrooms and even floors and walls, natural stone surfaces stand out when you walk into a room and hold up extremely well. One stone surface that works extremely well in any bathroom is slate. 

At Firenze International, our team consists of  experts on all things natural stone. Below, we provide a guide to using slate in a bathroom. 

What is slate?

Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock that is composed mainly of clay minerals or micas. Its durability and look have made it a popular material for many builders. This natural stone is used for flooring, tiles and even roofing. 

Slate is mainly available in light to dark grays that complement any design. Occasionally, slate can also appear in greens, reds, blacks and even browns.

Can you use porous stone in a bathroom?

Bathrooms deal with a lot of moisture. When it comes to choosing slate, it is important to remember it is a porous stone. Natural stones that are porous easily absorb liquids. 

That is why slate and other porous stones will need to be sealed. If the stone is not sealed, especially in bathrooms, the natural stone can crack or get stained. It is recommended that you seal the slate after installation. Then it should be resealed every three to five years.

How can you use slate in your bathroom?

There are many ways anyone can utilize slate in their home’s bathroom. Below, we go over the most common ways slate is used in a bathroom setting.

Slate bathroom floors

Slate bathroom floors are the most popular way homeowners utilize slate in their homes. Slate has a dark, modern design that can fit almost any style. On top of aesthetics, slate flooring is also very durable and easy to clean!

Slate shower tile

Another popular way homeowners utilize slate in their bathrooms is in their shower. Slate tile is a great shower material, as it’s so easy to clean and maintain. However, since slate is a porous material, it’s important that you seal the slate tile once installed, and then regularly every three to five years afterwards. 

When it comes to using natural stone within your bathroom, slate is a perfect choice! A slate bathroom offers homeowners a durable and nice-looking surface that is very easy to clean and take care of. 


At Firenze International, we are your slate bathroom flooring experts. Visit our website to learn how we can help with your next bathroom remodeling project.

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