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Slate Flooring
By Matt Callen
Flooring materials are very important in the final appearance of our homes. So to get the best possible look that matches with all of our interior décor it is very important to think about the different uses your floor will have to undergo. This makes your choice of material less tricky that way. There is one type of that is excellent for almost every area of your home. You can depend on slate to give you long lasting flooring. As you investigate the differences in slate and the other types of stone you will see that slate is by nature very durable and it is more stain resistant. As slate is naturally composed of silt and clay particles it has bonded together under high pressure and temperature to give you that is smooth in appearance like laminate. This bonding process has created a surface that is more resistant to spills and stains than most other stone floors. Slate can be found to come in many different colors, shapes, textures and

sizes. The many impurities and minerals that are present in the slate have given slate a wide range of colors that you can choose from. You will find slate in rust red, dark charcoal black, grey, green, and maroon. In addition there is a mottled slate that is a mix of all of these colors. The other added feature of slate is that it is very slip resistant. The rough natural texture of slate promotes this resistance. The cleft that is found in slate also gives the a unique appearance. To give the slate a smooth looking finish you can sand or hone the flooring. These two methods give the slate a soft look. Since slate comes in many different sizes and shapes you can you various size slate tiles to create a floor with a unique random pattern for any room that you have installed your slate in. Now earlier I mentioned that slate was very resistant to stains but there are some foods can leave a stain on the slate. To prevent this you can use a sealer that will penetrate the slate and protect it at the same time. Due to this reason you will receive a wet look to your slate flooring. With slate you can get beautiful looking stone floors that are very attractive additions to the look of your home. The added features of durability and stain resistant makes installing slate in your homes a very attractive proposition. So the next time that you are thinking of having a stone floor in your home why not try slate instead.

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