Slate tiles are a popular choice for home owners because they are sleek, durable and add a sophisticated feel to the home. However, despite all of the positive attributes that natural slate flooring has to offer, we believe that porcelain is far superior.
Slate’s density depends on the mineral composition of the soil it is formed in. The quality of slate tiles can be inconsistent because you can never be 100% sure that its quality will be as good as the previous batch.
Porcelain tiles are fired at incredibly high temperatures, vitrifying the material and creating incredibly dense and strong tiles. This is a highly uniform process that we have used to create tiles that look just like slate but aren’t so unpredictable.
How Porous is Slate?Slate is a metamorphic rock that is formed over years in coastal regions, so it is often unclear how the finished product will behave. Some batches of slate are more porous than others, and porous flooring can be a disaster!
Although slate is generally less porous than some other types of natural stone, it still doesn’t come close to having the water-resistance of porcelain, which – unlike natural stone – never needs to be sealed. This means porcelain tiles are far less likely to stain, and won’t soak up liquids like other types of natural stone.
Low MaintenancePorcelain is incredibly low-maintenance, and it easily matches the attractive appearance of natural slate. Our stunning Slate range ccomprises 4 different shades: White, Ivory, Silver and Grey & our Slate Riven Range comes in: White, Grey and Black. This allows you to enjoy the natural aesthetic of slate without the associated issues that come with it.
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