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Denver Slate Flooring Options

December 13, 2017

Slate is a beautiful natural stone that is quarried from mountainous regions of the world. It is known as one of the most durable and versatile natural stones, which is why so many homeowners choose to use it on their floors. There are several different types of Denver slate, each with its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to learn about each option before choosing which one is right for your home.

Honed Slate

The surface of honed slate has been polished so it is much smoother than other types of this natural stone. Many people prefer the smooth look of honed slate, but there are some downsides to this option. Polishing the surface of slate can affect the color, so honed slate may not look brilliant and the color variation may not be distinct. Imperfections such as stains, cracks, and chips are also more visible on honed slate, so be prepared to clean this natural stone on a regular basis.

Gauged and Ungauged Slate

Slate is rough with uneven edges when it is pulled from the earth, so a lot of work needs to be done to the stone to transform it into a high-end flooring material. Gauged slate is any type of slate that has a flattened back. The back of  this stone needs to be flattened so each tile will lay flat and set into the mortar.

Ungauged slate, on the other hand, is only used in outdoor areas. This type of slate is rough and uneven on both sides, so it doesn’t lay flat when installed. It is often used to create a rustic, earthy atmosphere near outdoor seating areas.

Cleft Slate

The rough and raw material taken from the ground will eventually be cut into tiles. At this point, the slate is the right size and shape, but it still has somewhat rough and uneven surfaces. If it is left in this condition instead of polished and transformed into honed slate, it is known as cleft slate.

Cleft slate can be used both inside and outside the home. It is the perfect choice for homeowners who would like a flooring material that feels natural and rugged since it doesn’t have a smooth surface. But, some people find that walking across this type of slate is uncomfortable, so it’s recommended that you try to see a sample in person before committing to this option.

Polished Slate

Slate is typically thought of as a matte stone, however there is a way to get a more polished look. Applying multiple layers of sealant to the slate will give it somewhat of a shine, but it won’t be as glossy as polished marble or granite. Learn how to apply sealant on slate tile.

To learn more about slate floors and determine if they’re right for your home, contact Natural Stone Sales today. Our expert staff has been helping customers in the greater Denver area incorporate hardwood into their homes for over three decades. We are known for our exceptional customer service and for using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!