slate tile flooring in St. LouisWhile you’ve heard the idioms “clean slate” or “blank slate,” you might not have questioned their origin. These expressions came about due to the use of slate for blackboards and writing surfaces, where a person would write with chalk and wipe the surface clean for reuse.

But slate’s usefulness extends past writing surfaces; it is a popular tile flooring material. Read on to learn about the benefits and uses of slate tile from the experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City, and consider if it is the right tile product for your St. Louis home.

What is Slate?

close-up of slate sample

Slate is a metamorphic rock—meaning it forms deep below the earth’s surface where intense heat and pressure change the chemical structure and physical appearance of the original rock type.

In particular, slate is a foliated metamorphic rock. This means it possesses layers, or fault-lines, which makes it possible to shear off sheets of rock. Tile derived from sheets of slate are extremely fine-grained, waterproof, and incredibly durable.

Product Variations

slate tile walls in St. Louis home

Slate tile can be used for floors, walls, and countertops. It’s most common coloring is gray with a range of pale to dark gray shades. However, other colors include green, blue, and purple as well as a range of browns and beiges.

Slate tile also comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. Mosaic tiles include 1×1 inch squares, 2×2 inch hexagons, and 1×3 inch rectangular pieces. Meanwhile medium and large sizes include 12×12, 12×24, and 24×48 inch slabs.

Slate finishes include natural cleft and honed. Natural cleft refers to the raw surface created when a sheet of slate is sheared off of a slab. Honed slate is similar in appearance to polished marble or granite.

Get Slate Tile for Your St. Louis Home!

For more information about slate tile and to see if it is right for your St. Louis home, call the team at Floor Coverings International Arch City and schedule a free, in-home design consultation. We bring hundreds of tile samples in our mobile flooring showroom. We proudly serve the greater St. Louis, MO area.

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