Slate is defined by Wikipedia as “fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism” In no small part due its relationship to shale, slate is commonly associated with its “cleavage” or layering. This is clearly indicated in the image lower left.
Slate has been a building material for centuries and has such varied common usages as the “chalkboard” of our schoolboy youth and the pool table top of our misspent youth. Very common colors have always been the ubiquitous grays, blacks, greens and blacks so typical of patio and garden paving applications.
Alyson McNutt English posted at HGTV.com that slate is “Classic and Long Lasting” and “it may not be new, but slate is a classic and sophisticated choice for kitchen flooring. For a kitchen with a neutral color palette, slate is a brilliant, long-lasting and stylish choice”. Alyson also felt that slate may serve “a double purpose” since it may well continue “onto the kitchen patio, unifying the areas through flooring”.
The cottage.market.com expands the use of slate in kitchens by inviting anyone wanting a “comfy” kitchen to use “many natural elements…the slate floor, wooden beams…butcher block counters and the heart of the room…the farmhouse table”.
Freshome.com has opined that slate is a Top Ten trending kitchen countertop by stating ” slate has a naturally uneven surface that many find aesthetically appealing. Many find this particularly appealing as these natural occurring dents make it hard to detect nicks and scratches that inevitably happen on well-used kitchen surfaces”!
Marble Systems a has a long history with slate, both as a flooring and as a kitchen counter top. Let us help you in your selection of the best slate flooring and counter tops at the best value. Again, thanks for reading and remember that Marble Systems has showrooms across America and now also in Puerto Rico.