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Does Slate Tile Have a PEI Rating
The PEI rating applies to ceramic and tile, but it doesn’t apply to slate. Slate is a very strong material - if you need a resilient floor, then slate is a great option. Slate’s unique look makes the little bit of extra maintenance that this flooring needs worthwhile.
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What to Ask When Shopping for Slate Tile
Slate tiles are often the strongest natural stone flooring available.

Are you considering purchasing slate tile for your home? If so, you will want to ask the right questions about installation, quality, and cost. The more answers you have, the more of an educated decision you can make when it comes to purchasing. Here are some questions to keep in mind to make sure you get exactly what you want and need.

What is Slate Made Out Of?

Slate is a foliated, fine-grained metamorphic rock that forms when riverbed or ocean sediments get compressed and then heated by the crust of the earth. It’s mainly made of micas or clay minerals and can have quartz in it as well. The color of most slate is gray and can range from light to dark. Slate also comes in red, purple, brown, green, and black. Its color will be based on the type and amount of organic materials and iron that are found in it.

Will Extra Material Be Needed for My Installation?

When ordering your material for slate, it’s recommended that 10 to 15 percent extra is allowed to account for wastage. This could be due to a variation in thickness, the style of installation, and cuts needed to fill corners. When working with square settings, an extra 10 percent should be ordered, while an extra 15 percent should be ordered for diagnosis settings.

Is My Slate Resistant to Damage?

When applied to a substrate that’s solid, slate is very resistant to damage. When the sub-floor used before slate installation is flexible, such as a plywood sub-floor that’s thin, the slate is at risk for cracking. This means it’s important to have a substrate that’s adequate before installing the tile. A waterproof membrane and moisture management needs to be in place when used in shower areas and washrooms, as slate is very porous.

How Much Will My Slate Cost?

Slate will vary depending on the quality. For gauged-grade A quality, expect to spend anywhere from $3 to $8 per square foot. If you want to save money, you can get off-grade or ungauged quality slate for $1.50 to $6. You have to keep in mind that you get what you pay for, so it’s smart to pay more to ensure it lasts longer.

Getting what appears to be a good deal by purchasing B or C grade material won’t give you a consistent shape, color, or size. The tiles might have broken edges or cracks in them, and might even be the product of unfair labor practices on the part of mining companies.

You’ll most likely need to hire someone to install your slate unless you’re a professional yourself. You want it to look clean, and you do not want to waste extra material while you try to figure out how it works. However, labor can cost up to three times as much as the actual material. Make sure to ask the installer if the quote they give you includes the materials, pre-installation prep work, adhesives, post-installation protective sealing treatment, removal of waste, and cleanup on top of the work of tiling. You don’t want to misunderstand what they’re quoting you and be stuck with an expensive bill after.

While it’s tempting to save money and do it yourself, it’s not that simple. Stone is very heavy, so it’s hard to move it around, and it can be brutal to set every tile in its position. Hiring someone will save you time and money in the long run.

What Texture Will My Slate Be?

Slate comes in several different textures. Gauged slate tiles are popular. These tiles get flattened out on the back when they’re being refined. The straight surface of this helps bond the tile more thoroughly with the grout when it’s being installed. Sometimes the backs are slightly scored, which creates rows that are even and can better grip the adhesive bedding.

Clefted natural slate tiles are another type of tile that have gauged smooth backs and an unrefined top surface. This allows the clefts, cracks, and bristles of the stones to show through. Many people like this for the rugged, powerful look it gives the tile that feels like it’s from the mountains. It also has good traction when it gets wet, which is something to consider if you’ll be putting it in the bathroom.

Honed slate tiles have an even and smooth surface. Some slate can take more honing than others, although it’s rare to see one as polished as marble. The look ends up being an even floor that looks precise. It’s also very comfortable to walk barefoot on a honed slate tile floor. However, a disadvantage is the stone colors will lose their vibrancy and luster over time. Their traction is decent, but can still be slippery when wet. The honing process has tiles that scratch easier and show stains more than others, especially solid color or lighter materials.

What Color of Slate Can I Buy?

here are hundreds of various slate colors that are available to choose from. If possible, go to a store in person to see how the color looks and get samples to bring back to put on your floor. You should buy one extra box at the minimum of the color in case you need to make repairs in the future. This way they’ll always match.

The hue of tile can change by different degrees based on the varying types of solid color slate. Some will only be one color and not change much from each piece, while others will have different variations with shadows and shades clouding the tile’s consistency. There are also slate materials that have two or more colors that contrast and combine across the surfaces. Each color is from a different material that’s present. For example, red means there is iron in the material. This means it won’t be good for outdoor materials, as rain will cause it to break down.

When you’re shopping for slate tile, make sure you know what questions to ask. This will mean you’ll be able to make a more well-informed decision and buy the right type and amount.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is slate?
Is BuildDirect’s slate tile suitable for the floor?
What do both sides of the slate look like?
How much does the thickness of slate tile vary?
How much extra material should be considered for installation?
How much do the dimensions of slate tile vary?
Is slate resistant to damage?
What trowel size do you recommend for installing slate tiles?
Can I install slate tile outdoors?
Can I install slate tile outside on sand?
Can I install slate tile on wood?
How many defective tiles should I expect in my order?
Which type of mortar should I use to install slate on exterior grade plywood?
How wide should my grout joints be?
What type of grout should I use?
Do I need to seal slate?
Is there a PEI rating for slate tile?
After I receive my shipment, what should I do when I am ready to install?
How does buying slate tile from BuildDirect work?
Can I purchase just one box of tile before I place my full order?
How much slate tile does a container hold?
How do I obtain slate tile samples?

What BuildDirect Customers Are Saying

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This tile is beautiful!! Every piece is slightly different. We have yet to have it installed, but have looked through each box and are so excited to see it in place. Build direct was attentive to our needs and helped us through the process of picking out our bathroom tile. We are very happy with this company and will be contacting them again when it is time to renovate our second bathroom!
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Slate Tile from BuildDirect

Our Roterra and Cabot slate tile are trusted for flooring and wall tile, adding durability, permanence, practicality, and an attractive tonally varied surface that can define a space. These tiles are premium quality, cut to specification, and designed to be installed easily for impressive results long afterwards, both inside and out.

The robust nature of slate tile may be traced to its harsh beginning, formed under tremendous pressure and heat deep in the earth. The product of silt, volcanic rock, and a number of trace minerals, they reflect an earthy, rugged beauty that is instantly recognizable.

The Benefits of Slate Flooring Tiles:

  • Great Looks: an attractive color spectrum - gray, amber, purple/mauve, gold
  • Versatility: for use indoors and out
  • Practicality and Safet: slip-resistant surfaces for a level of safety for your space
  • Durability and Long-life: resistance to wear that enables them to last

Slate Flooring and Walls

Roterra and Cabot presents a range of colors to be applied to walls and floors. The subtle textures and color variations that this ruggedly elegant natural stone is known for make slate an attractive and practical choice.

They’re made to transform your kitchens, or recreational spaces. Or, our slate surfaces can be applied to areas outdoors like verandas, pool surrounds and as wall cladding too.

Why Buy Slate Floor Tiles From BuildDirect?

Wherever you choose to install them, our slate tiles for floors and exterior wall surfaces are designed to make a positive impression for the long term. Roterra and Cabot is cut to specification, their square edges and flat backs designed for a straight-forward, time-saving installation. For consistent quality, we’ve got the edge on our competitors.

And because we’ve got industry know-how to match our eye for the best, you get the best pricing too; highest quality, and lowest price.

Explore our great selection, and feel free to ask a friendly BuildDirect product specialist if you have any questions. Call us toll-free at 1-877-631-2845