The Visual Impact of Slate Kitchen Flooring

Slate is a metamorphic rock, and is defined as a lavered stone that can be split into thicknesses ranging from 8 to 14 mm. The rock is formed when ocean or riverbed sediments are compressed and heated by the crust of the earth.

Very few kitchen floors have the visual impact of slate which has the warmth and elegance of a natural stone. Slate flooring can provide good insulation from both heat and cold. It is known for long life and durability. Slate is resistance to chipping, cracking and abrasion.

Slate is formed beneath the surface of the earth during cooling and solidification of magma. Magma is made up of minerals such as clay, silt, mica, and chlorite. Pressures occurring in the crust of the earth then squeeze these minerals into parallel layers.

Slate has long been used as a building material due to decorating versatility, natural beauty, softness and durability. The natural colors, textures and other inherent qualities of slate match all the varied requirements of the modern kitchen.

Slate kitchen flooring is as durable as ceramic tile, or stone flooring. But also like these other materials a slate floor can be hard on the feet. Stone and slate will stain unless sealed and can be slippery.

Natural slate kitchen flooring is available in such an array of styles and textures due fact that slate contains clay and silt particles. Slate flooring is available in shades of black, green, brown, and gold. No two pieces of slate are alike resulting in each slate floor being unique and one-of-a-kind.

It is also available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns. Natural color variations in the slate ensure that your kitchen flooring will be unique.
Among the advantages of slate kitchen flooring is that it is practically indestructible. Slate is a good choice if you want a flooring material that will be long lasting. Another good feature about slate is that it can be so striking in appearance that it really jumps out at you. It provides all the warmth and elegance of a natural stone.

Slate is usually boxed in mixed sizes and often in mixed colors. Slate is also available in custom sizes for special applications. It is priced about the same as other kinds of tile. Slate is characterized as a hard, dense, and fine-grained surface that requires little or no maintenance. Slate kitchen flooring can produce a natural warm look to any kitchen.

Slate flooring are installed by gluing to the flooring. The glue is a cement-based material that contains grains of silica sand. The installation process includes a sub-floor preparation, joints that a tightly spaced, and finishing up with grouting, cleaning and sealing. Because of the micro-crystalline composition slate tiles are very stain resistant after they are sealed to the flooring. The procedure used in laying of slate kitchen flooring is similar to that of laying a ceramic tile. Slate is a better material for flooring than wood because it will not shrink or expand with changes in the weather.

James Mahoney is the author of many kitchen design articles, visit at Kitchen Designers Ideas.com. He also publishes a newsletter on kitchen design.

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