Slate is a popular roofing material but is equally impressive on the walls and floors of kitchens and bathrooms. Its colour combinations of reds, browns, greys and greens display its rustic beauty with a textured finish emphasising a natural ruggedness. Slate looks impressive when combined with a range of materials, with many homeowners and interior designers opting to use slate flooring and wooden units for traditional kitchen decors. The process which is used for cutting slate from quarries is what creates the distinctive surface of slate tiles which is textured but also relatively flat. Slate floor tiles look spectacular in conservatories. Slate is not as porous as other natural stone tiles like travertine, limestone and sandstone. This impermeable nature has made it a popular material for roofs. Slate is a metamorphic rock and is generally grey in colour but is available in other shades like pink, green and red which is evident in several varieties of our slate tiles. Slate is easy to wipe clean which is why it was used as a tool for writing upon in schools during the Victorian period. Slate is still used as a menu in traditional pubs where it is written on in chalk, often listing the specials for that particular day.
This smooth writing slate is a different texture to many of the tiles which we supply. The only surface which is similar to writing slate is that of our honed slate tiles which comprise of a smooth, even surface. The majority of our slate kitchen tiles have a visibly riven surface which provides an incredibly rustic look. Slate, in its dark pastel like shades is particularly good at absorbing light, making it useful as a conservatory floor as it prevents the glare from the sun. The rock texture of slate also creates a high level of slip resistance. In outdoor areas slate is resilient against weathering, making it ideal for patios and pathways. Affordable, imported slate from countries like Brazil in recent years has made it easier for UK residents to acquire these natural stone tiles. We source slate wall tiles direct from the quarry and pass these savings onto our customers.