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Slate Formation and Uses

Slate comes from geological regions where sedimentary materials such as fine clay, sands, volcanic dust, and other minerals were subjected to relatively low heat and pressure. The most defining characteristic of this type of material is that it is comprised of hundreds of thin hard layers which give it an enormous tensile strength. This material most commonly has a rough finish left when the layers are separated from each other. Slate is used most frequently for flooring because of its naturally dimensional finish that provides excellent grip. It is also often used for fireplace hearths, entry flooring, and, less extensively, as countertop material.

Slate Sample Images

All sample images listed in this site are for reference purposes only as natural materials can vary in coloration, veining, and pattern type. Please note that individual monitor settings may also affect the coloration & contrast of sample images.

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