When it comes to countertops, one of the natural stones that are rising in popularity is slate. Slate is very simple, yet elegant, giving off an aesthetically modern look and feel. Slate is a durable and consumer-friendly stone naturally available in a range of shades from green to red, gray and mottled purple. Its versatile features make it equally suitable for kitchens and bathrooms with unusual qualities like low cost and little maintenance requirements. For homeowners who are tired of the traditional granite or marble look and prefer something more stylish, affordable, and easy-to-maintain slate countertops are a great option to consider.
What is Slate?
Slate is a homogenous and foliated metamorphic rock created during a transformation process of shale and mudstone under relatively low temperatures and pressures. Slate is considered as the finest grained metamorphic rock.
Slate is mainly composed of mica and quartz materials, including illite, biotite, and muscovite. It often contains hematite, chlorite, and pyrite.
Due to its metamorphic history, slate is very durable, durable enough to resist heat and staining, easy to clean, and stylish. The subtle coloration shifting in slate is less bold than other natural stones, but this feature helps fabricate countertops with a unique uniform appearance. Gorgeous shades of charcoal, gray, black, brown, pewter with highlights of blue, red or green are naturally found in slate.
The durability and hardness of slate countertop surfaces make it a great choice for kitchens. These countertops resist scratching, chipping and high volumes of heat. Even hot pans and pots don’t mar the surface easily. Slate is non-porous, unlike other natural stones, making it very easy to clean and doesn’t harbor bacteria, resulting in hygienic countertops all the time.
Slate Countertops Transform Your Bathrooms
The qualities of slate make it an excellent choice for bathroom vanities. Since slate has a very low porosity it is resistant to staining caused by water or moisture. With slate, you have an option for a matte or glossy finish for your bathroom vanities.
Being easy to clean and prohibiting moisture and bacteria from accumulating on the surface, slate countertops uplift your bathrooms to a new level with simplicity and elegance.
Maintaining Slate countertops
Scratches on the surfaces can be removed with a sponge, or steel wool for deeper scratches. Since corners of the countertops are a bit brittle and sharp, we recommend rounding them off to avoid injuries.
How Much Is Slate Stone?
The average cost of slate countertops ranges from $30 to $75 per square foot, making It considerably cheaper than other natural stones like granite and marble.