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Slate Vs. Porcelain Tiles
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A Stronger and More Sophisticated Alternative to Slate

Slate tiles are a popular choice for home owners, they are sleek, durable and can add a sophisticated feel to the home. However, despite all of the positive attributes that slate flooring has to offer, porcelain is far superior. Slate is a metamorphic rock that is formed over years in coastal regions, but this means it is not often clear how the finished product will behave. Some batches of slate are more porous than others, and porosity in flooring can be a disaster! Although slate has generally lower porosity than some natural stone, it still doesn’t come close to the water-resistance of porcelain which never needs to be sealed, unlike natural stone. This means Porcelain is far less likely to stain as it doesn’t soak up liquids like other natural stone.
Porcelain is also more durable than slate, it is tougher and harder to scratch and chip. Slate’s density depends on the mineral composition of the soil it is formed within – unlike porcelain you cannot be 100% sure that it’s quality will be as good as the previous batch. However, our porcelain tiles and paving are all fired at incredibly high temperatures, ensuring the finish product is vitrified and therefore as dense and strong as possible.
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Low Maintenance

Porcelain is incredibly low maintenance, whilst maintaining the attractive appearance of natural slate. Our stunning large format porcelain slate tiles and paving come in 4 shades; Ivory, Silver, Grey and Black – this allows you to enjoy the natural aesthetic of slate, without the associated issues that comes with it. There is no denying that slate tiles makes for a beautiful flooring product, which is why we have recreated its natural beauty in this low-maintenance form!
For a more in depth look at our Porcelain Slate range or to order a free sample click here. Or if you would rather see the quality of our full range in person, why not visit one of our showrooms?
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