The Brazilian Slate industry has made a major impact on the global slate market over recent decades and is now the world’s second-biggest producer of slate. 95% of Brazil’s slate is extracted from the Minas Gerais region, an area rich in varied geology located around 450km north of Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian slate is produced from what is geologically a Mudstone, which is a sedimentary stone that has been compressed over millions of years but has not undergone the full metamorphic process that true “slate” has undertaken.
This give it some different characteristics – it is generally flatter in nature and can be split cleanly along it’s bed. The slate is very hard but can be difficult to handwork. We recommend cutting with a dia
mond circular saw to achieve the best results in most circumstances.
Both Elterdale and Ravendale flooring can be purchased in numerous finishes: Riven, Antiqued, Honed, Tumbled and Paving. See our Flooring page for more details.
UK Slate also stocks Elterdale ridge tiles – as seen in the picture.
UK Slate’s Ravendale range is a stunning Dark Grey Slate that can also be purchased as a cill. Whilst UK Slate originally produced these for use as window cills – we have seen them used as blanks for worktops, hearths, copings and steps. The range of uses is endless.
UK Slate can also produce to your exact size specifications. However, as you will appreciate these will incur a higher price. See our Bespoke page for more details.