Slate tiles are one of the most common natural stones used in residential bathrooms. Many homeowners use slate bathroom tiles in their showers, but it’s most commonly used as a flooring material. But what makes slate tiles such a great flooring choice?
At Firenze International, work with natural stone on a daily basis. We truly understand the versatility of natural stone, and the number of applications it can be used. In this post, we discuss why so many homeowners are choosing to use slate bathroom tiles for their shower and flooring needs.
What is slate?
Slate is a natural stone that is made of metamorphic rock. Slate tiles are composed of clay and other minerals, and is one of the hardest and most durable natural stone surfaces available. Slate tile comes in a mainly brownish-gray color, which complements a variety of interior design schemes. It can also be found in other colors with green and red tints.
Slate tile in your bathroom
Slate tile offers a number of benefits as a bathroom material. Below are some of the benefits slate bathroom tile has to offer.
Like previously mentioned, slate tile is very durable, which makes it a great flooring material for any home. It’s resistant to scratches, chipping, scrapes and dents, and has a very hard surface. This also makes it a great choice for showers, or even bathroom walls.
Another reason why slate tile is such a great bathroom material is that it is easy to maintain. All natural stone, in general, is pretty easy to take care of, but especially slate. As a flooring material, all slate really needs is regularly sweeping to keep it clean and looking nice. As bathroom floors can easily become dirty, this makes it a great choice. The rough texture and varied coloring of slate tile flooring makes it a very forgiving flooring material.
As for your shower, it does need a bit more care. Slate is a porous material meaning water can seep into the stone beyond the surface. However, all this requires is a proper seal, and slate shower tile is very easy to keep clean. If you do not seal your slate tiles, you will want to be sure that you are taking time to regularly keep them clean every day, and ensure no mold or mildew starts to develop.
Although slate is a natural stone, it’s a comfortable material to walk and stand on. Slate retains heat very well, even better than other natural stone materials, which means your warm showers will feel even better! This also means that it won’t get piercing cold during the winter months like some other natural stone materials.
Lastly, slate tile portrays a very sleek and modern design. Depending on the color you choose, slate is very easy to match with other interior design elements. Slate varies in appearance depending on where it was originally sourced, so it’s a good idea to ask your stone supplier where it is originally from, as well as bring home a large sample to ensure you are getting the exact color that you want!
Slate tile offers a great blend of durability, comfort and beauty, which is why many homeowners are choosing this material for their home bathrooms. If you have any questions regarding slate bathroom tile, or about any other natural stone materials, do not hesitate to contact us today. We are more than happy to direct you in the right direction for your next project!