Top 5 Common Misconceptions about Slate

Slate is a highly versatile stone that can elevate any project to the next level. Whether tiling a roof, fitting flooring, or adding a bespoke piece, slate combines durability and effortless elegance, with stunning results.

Despite this, certain myths about slate abound which prevent homeowners, architects and business owners alike from enjoying the many advantages it provides. Here we aim to help address any doubts or questions you may have by debunking the most popular myths about slate.

Misconception #1: ‘a slate’s a slate’

Perhaps the most common misconception about slate is that all slates are the same. While formed through similar processes over millions of years, the result of this process yields huge variation, most visibly in terms of colour: the striking green of Elterdale couldn’t be further from the purple hue of our Welsh Heather Blue. This variation is visible even within a single slate: the greens and purples of our Vermont Mottled result from the fusion of two separate colour ‘veins’ within a single quarry.

Lakeland High Tran Green Honed Finish.
Elterdale Grey Green Riven Finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Added to this the huge number of finishes available in our flooring range, from smooth Honed through to the more natural texture of Riven, it’s clear that, on the contrary, no two slates are ever the same.

Misconception #2: ‘Slate is too expensive’

A homeowner’s most common gut-reaction when it comes to slate is thinking that this stone is too expensive for their budget. On the contrary, slate can be affordable, with a range of options 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!

 

Kentdale Blue Grey 7mm 500x250mm.

 

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.

Misconception #3: 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 many cars.

Elterdale Grey Green Riven Finish.

 

Misconception #4: 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 stock a range of sealants and cleaning products, and will happily offer advice to help you take care of your slate.

Despite this, slate is easy to clean, with mild soap, warm water, and a non-abrasive cloth usually doing the job; hardly high maintenance! More detailed info is also available in our earlier blog about this.

Misconception #5: Slate is Too Cold in Winter

Sure, when winter arrives slate, like any stone, can be quite chilly because of its natural thermal conductivity. This very quality, however, means that this works both ways.

Slates can be easily warmed through either under-floor heating or natural heat, as well as insulation. All of this means that you’re able to enjoy your beautiful slate floor, while also staying cosy during those harsh winter nights. Check out our blog specifically about this if you’re still not convinced.

 

Here at UK Slate we’re more than happy to address misconceptions about this stone in order to ensure that nothing prevents you from enjoying the full array of benefits which accompany this high-quality material. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more about our services and products, and see what we can do for you.

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