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Natural Slate has the ability to bring unique and powerful beauty to a flooring installation, combining the functional durability of hard tile with the awe-inspiring essence of a towering mountain range. However, there are both benefits, and drawbacks to the use of this material, which are often dependent on the environment where it is being installed. Understanding these can provide you with a framework not only for choosing slate but also maintaining it over time.
Slate is one of the strongest among all natural stone. Slate has an inherent durability that makes it resistant to cracks, scratches, breaks, and chips. It does have to be sealed against stains on a regular basis depending on the environment where it is installed, but if properly maintained these materials can last for decades, looking great without having to be removed or replaced.
There are many colors and multi colors available when choosing slate. This is enhanced by the fact that all features found in these materials are natural, and thus occur in unique ways across each individual piece. That means that every floor produced is a one of a kind work of earth-born artistry.
Slate is considered to be a relatively upscale flooring material. While its initial price can be quite high, especially for grade A quality materials, it does have the ability to add real estate value to an entire home. This is especially true when installing in locations such as the kitchen and bathroom.
In some cases, a tile may be damaged due to violent impact, natural chipping, weather, or slating over time. While this can be unsightly and dangerous, it is also possible to repair these pieces to restore the surface perfection of the floor. Blue Moon's Stone Care Team is capable of repairing all different types of stone, including slate.
The important thing is to make sure you hold extra tiles over from a fresh install. Because it tends to vary in color and appearance so much it can be difficult to match new veins to old strains.
Natural stone and slate flooring are great for transmitting, if not retaining heat. That means that it is the perfect medium for radiant below surface coil heating systems. These can be installed underneath the tile and can help to not only make the floor toasty but the surrounding environment, as well, since heat will rise up throughout the space.
Slate is quarried in large slabs from metamorphic rock and is typically found in green, gray, and black. However, it can also come in gold, purple and blue. Although Slate is chosen to cover floors due to its durability, it is also a very brittle natural stone. The rustic almost jagged, uneven surface of Slate is the reason many interior designers choose this natural stone as a floor covering in residential and business settings alike.
Your Blue Moon Stone Care team can ensure that your Slate floors are properly maintained. We use the finest solutions to make certain that your Slate is always aesthetically pleasing and wears extremely well. We are the natural stone care experts of choice!
Due to the rigid uneven surface of slate, it can be a challenge for many homeowners to manage. Our proven Slate cleaning strategy ensures that your natural stone is properly cleaned and ready for use as quickly as possible. We use solutions that are specifically formulated for natural stone.
Vinegar and lemon juice can leave permanent stains in Slate. Sealing Slate and resealing Slate as needed is vitally important. Blue Moon uses a specialized impregnating sealant that provides maximum protection against the staining of natural stone and especially protects Slate.
Blue Moon's Stone Care Team understands that Slate can only be polished if it has been properly honed until the surface is smooth. However, the most effective way to add a sheen to Slate is to apply a topcoat. A topcoat will not compromise the integrity of slate.
Slate is honed in only special instances. The rough jagged surface of Slate is indicative of its very nature. This is the reason honing of Slate is only performed when a smooth, uniformed surface is desired. We can provide proper consultation if honing is desired.
As with most natural stones, special care must be taken when stripping Slate. However, Slate is a flaky natural stone that can easily chip. Stone Care of Arizona can ensure that the stripping process is executed with the greatest care, making certain that Slate is not damaged in the process.
Slate can break under impact and sometimes requires repair. At Stone Care of Arizona, we can repair Slate cracks, fissures and chips. Sometimes, tiles will need to be replaced. In other cases, some of the grout may be missing. Whatever the case may be, we are natural stone repair experts.
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