Is Slate A Natural Stone?
Over the last two decades, we have seen increased usage of slate, as a material used in homes and businesses. This material is versatile and can serve as flooring, countertops, backsplashes, stepping stones, roofing, and even as the interior for showers. A common misconception about slate is that it is a man made material, much like concrete, that is manufactured in slabs. However, slate is a natural stone material that is most often quarried from mountains. Slate is what is known as a metamorphic rock, which is a fancy way of saying- formed over an extended period of time from other rocks. The popularity of slate as a material in homes and commercial spaces is largely due to its durability, wide range of colors, and easy maintenance. Slate comes in many different colors, most often presenting in black and gray tones. The most frequent way we see slate is broken down from slab into uniformed tiles, often exceeding a foot. It is thought that slate is the most commonly used natural stone today.
Protecting Your Slate
While slate is a durable material and has the ability to last a lifetime when properly cared for, it does not come without sensitivities. Slate is a material that is naturally prone to staining and also comes in varying levels of permeability. The best way to avoid having your slate damaged by staining or to have the surface of your stone compromised by outside influences, is to maintain a strong seal on the surface of this natural stone. This seal will serve as a clear barrier between your slate surface and outside influences that threaten the appearance and health of your stone. Whenever you have slate in an environment with high humidity, such as outdoors or in your shower, it will need more frequent attention from professionals in order to maintain a strong seal. This is especially important in showers because not only will your slate be exposed to moisture, it will also be exposed to soaps, hair products, and more. If you have slate surfaces in your commercial or residential space, contact the dedicated team at Modern Stone Care today. We help keep your natural stone looking great for years to come, so you can protect your investment and keep your space looking great.
When it comes to health and beauty of your natural stone surfaces, the team at Modern Stone Care is here to help. We have dedicated ourselves to learning the unique vulnerabilities of natural stone materials and can help you get the longest lifespan out of your natural stone surfaces. Schedule an appointment with our team today, to protect your stone and keep it looking great for decades.
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