Slate Tiles

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Slate tiles have been used to great effect in homes all over the world for hundreds of years. They are traditionally used for hallways, kitchens, rooftops and even counter tops nowadays. Although the real thing is undeniably beautiful, it can be expensive. Slate is fairly easy to take care of, although it can break easily if subjected to trauma. Slate can be cold in the winter, so area rugs may be used to great effect at certain times of the year!

There are several different types of synthetic slate tiles on offer now. Some are made out of concrete, and some are made from such materials as recycled waste, so can be considered another "green" choice. These synthetic tiles (roofing mainly) have another advantage over the real thing though: they don't break which means far fewer of them will be unusable by the time they're delivered. Slate tiles are well known for being a little fragile. Contractors regularly write off a percentage of their purchase knowing that they're going to arrive unusable.

Where do Slate Tiles Come From?

Slate is quarried in many different parts of the world. If you pick local slate, which mostly comes from the Vermont and New York slate belt, it's likely to be a lot cheaper than the imported version. Slate commonly comes in a variety of colors such as black, grey, green, red, and even a few shades of purple! Although it is considered a traditional material, slate tiles lend themselves to modern decorative schemes remarkably well.

Prices for slate tiles vary considerably. You can decorate very economically with slate, or you can pay top dollar if you go for an imported variety. Some types of slate work out more expensive than marble tiles! Remember when you're decorating that although one color of slate always looks stunning, you can create different effects and patterns by using coordinating colors, or different shades of the same color slate tiles.

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