Slate tile is a beautiful, upscale addition to any Madison WI home. At Floor Coverings International Madison, we’ve installed slate tile to create stunning showers, kitchen backsplashes, and floors in homes throughout the Madison WI areas. To help you decide if slate tile is a right for you, here are a few of its benefits along with a couple of considerations.
Benefits of Slate Tile
Natural Beauty Slate tile gives your home a distinctive, natural and elegant feel. Your choice of colors includes cool greys and blues, rustic greens, and warm ambers, to name a few. Along with color, there are choices of texture too. Cleft, honed, and polished slate tile range from highly textured to highly refined.
Superior Performance in Every Area of the House Slate tile’s natural characteristics help it perform well throughout the house as well. Slate is one of the most durable flooring materials available. It’s naturally resistant to cracking and chipping, and can stand up to the foot traffic in busy rooms and entryways for years. When sealed correctly, slate tile is also resistant to water and stains, making it an excellent choice for kitchens. Cleft or honed slate can provide natural slip resistance in bathrooms. Slate is also capable of resisting temperature fluctuations, making it great to use around fireplaces or on patios.
Maintenance Slate tile is also one of the easiest types of flooring to maintain. Simply sweeping or vacuuming daily, and using a damp mop as needed, is all it takes to keep slate looking good for years.
While it’s difficult to damage slate tiles, it is possible. Because slate comes from quarries where the area being mined moves over time, finding matching replacement tiles can be difficult if a significant amount of time has passed since your flooring was installed.
Another thing you may want to consider is that slate tile flooring can feel cold underfoot, especially on a chilly Wisconsin morning. If you do decide to install slate flooring, you may want to consider pairing it with radiant heat, or layering it under an area rug to provide some warmth.
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If you’re thinking of starting a project using slate tile, Floor Coverings International Madison can help. Our Design Associates are experts at helping homeowners in Madison WI and surrounding areas get the look they want and performance they need. Call or schedule a free, in-home design consultation today!