Here in sunny California, tile flooring is a favorite among homeowners. Not only does it look great, it also helps keep your home cooler during the hot summers. Many popular natural stone tiles are made of metamorphic rocks. Metamorphic rocks are those that have undergone change via high heat and pressure under the earth’s surface. There are many different types of metamorphic rocks that are used as flooring and other home décor pieces, but here we’ll focus on slate, which is one particularly trendy tile made of metamorphic rock.
The Basics of Slate
Slate is a natural stone that is admired for its dark and rustic appearance. It is very versatile, as it’s solid, durable, and holds up well against daily wear and tear. After the first few months of installation, slate is prone to breaking off into smaller pieces, allowing dust to accumulate. This is normal and should subside once the slate has settled. More frequent sweeping will most likely be necessary the first few months in order to keep the dust at bay. After it’s settled, regular sweeping and occasional damp mopping are generally all that is needed to keep the slate tile floors looking great. Some people like to apply a color-enhancing seal during installation, which can bring out the vibrancy of the natural tones, mimicking the appeal of wet rocks.
Design Uses of Slate
As mentioned above, slate is very versatile. This versatility not only applies to its practical uses, but its stylistic ones as well. Slate tiles range in color from dark blues to warm rust tones, which allows slate to be seamlessly incorporated into many different interior design styles. Many people find the varying colors an intriguing quality of slate, while others see the inconsistency among tiles as a drawback. When opting for slate in your Concord home, it really comes down to your personal style preference. Slate is often used as flooring, around fireplaces, as shower tiles, and on outdoor patios. It’s a natural fit for craftsman style houses that incorporate wood and stone materials both on the inside and on the outside of the home.
If you are interested in learning more about slate tile and how it can be applied to your home, call Floor Coverings International Concord today! We proudly serve the Concord, Walnut Creek, & Lafayette, CA area and are here to help you through the entire process. From an initial free in-home estimate and consultation to the final cleanup after installation, we are with you the whole way.
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