Common Misconceptions About Slate
Slate is Too Expensive
The most common gut-reaction when it comes to using slate is thinking that this stone is too expensive for a budget. On the contrary, slate can be affordable, with a range of options available to meet most budget requirements.
With the recent entry of Chinese and Spanish slates into the British market, it is often possible to achieve the desired aesthetic at a fraction of the price; only a trained eye could discern between Burlington Blue Grey, and Spanish Kentdale Ultra. Cost-effective alternatives mean that everyone can enjoy this beautiful stone without breaking the bank!
Additionally, because slate often proves to be more durable than other materials, this cost is often justified by greater longevity, and thus greater intervals between replacement.
Slate Cracks Easily
Like any material, it is important that slate is treated and installed correctly. After all, the stone is sourced in its raw state and needs to undergo the proper treatments in order to be made usable for construction. If the right underlayment is used, it is highly unlikely that slate flooring will crack. Even under the extreme weight of heavy items such as vehicles.
Slate is High-Maintenance
As a natural stone, there is a degree of maintenance required to keep your slate looking its best. When treated with the proper finishing and sealed correctly, it will not deteriorate over time. We can advise many products that can be used.
Aside from its longevity, slate is easy to clean. Just use some mild soap, warm water, and a non-abrasive cloth to do the job, hardly high maintenance!