Although not widely used yet, slate countertops offer a surface that is as strong as granite and easy to clean. Slate is becoming a material that is being used in many applications in kitchen construction. As a natural substance, slate provides a beauty and durability that one can only find in natural stone.
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Properties of Slate
Slate comes in a variety of colors to match any décor. With the tones being medium to dark, slate is available in red, deep purple, grey, and black and occasionally turquoise.
Slate creates an understated look that is simple, strong and elegant. It can be oiled for a glossy look, but is mostly honed for a subdued effect. Its simple elegance can enhance any décor.
Slate has a unique graining pattern. In some cases, slate can have a highly textural look with bold veins running through it. Other times it can have a mottled appearance. Because its appearance, you can be assured that no two counters will look the same.
Slate is known for its slow absorption rate, making it virtually non-porous. Most slate is stain free; although some colors may need to be sealed to ensure stain prevention. It is virtually maintenance free. Slate is very durable and any cleaner can be used on it.
Slate is non-combustible, so hot pots and pans will not mar the surface of slate countertops. Slate has long been used as hot plates to protect other surfaces from heat exposure.
Other Slate Uses
Slate is a versatile material that has many other applications. It has long been used as flooring. With its durability and variance in appearance, slate floors are a popular option in high traffic areas. Since it is available in tiles, installing a slate floor is as easy as installing ceramic tile flooring. It is more durable than ceramic and adds a rustic feel to any room.
Along with the countertops, slate sinks and backsplashes are another great application in the kitchen. A sink constructed of slate provides protection against the everyday assaults that a kitchen sink endures like denting, scratching, chipping and staining. When combined with a slate counter, a sink made form slate provides a seamless durable look to enhance any kitchen. Add a slate backsplash for a complete customized look. Since it is available in small tiles, in different colors, creating a unique backsplash with slate is easy. With a few tiles and a lot of imagination, you can create a custom look that enhances the overall look of the kitchen.
When considering materials to use in your kitchen remodel, consider slate for its versatility, durability and beauty. Useful for many applications from floors to countertops, slate can bring a unity to a room with added beauty and functionality. Slate is a great alternative to other natural stone, like soapstone or marble that requires special care. Installing slate countertops is a great way to increase the value of your home, enhance your kitchen and provide a functional and beautiful atmosphere for you to live in.
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