It can be quite pricey for the commencing cost to buy natural slate flooring tiles especially when buying the type of grade-A quality materials but it will last for years and decades thus replacement can be avoided.
The cost may go beyond because tiles aren’t the only material needed but complementary materials including grout and adhesive must be bought, and the transportation cost when renting heavy equipment for forming tiles. Allocating the cost of a contractor as well as in most cases professional help is necessary upon installation.
To keep a slate tile floor looking alluring, there is a certain amount of maintenance that is needed. The need to use two different substances during the installation, before grouting, and immediately after everything is (1) a quality below surface sealer to block the very small pores in the stone, and (2) a top barrier sealer to produce an invisible layer over the material. These may need to be reapplied periodically yearly or so depending on location and use.
Since grout is not a solid material as it is made to be malleable in aid to the expansion and contraction pieces of stone do not shatter during extreme temperature.
Sad to say, grout lines are the most susceptible point in the installation, and they are prone to stains, including the growth of mold and mildew. To some extent, regular sealing can reduce the elimination of above-mentioned factors. Without uninstalling the tiles themselves, it is also possible to totally remove and replace grout lines.
Preventing the occurrence of slips and trips, this cleft finish is most often engaged in wet environments where the traction is provided. However, it can be uncomfortable in gentler environments where bare feet touch the ground. For the honed and brushed finish, this will never be an issue.
Slate tile is poor at keeping them, which can drive for an intensely cold and unbearable floor during winter mornings although it is great material for transmitting heat and cold. In places like bedrooms, bathrooms, and other locations where people often go barefoot, this can be a particular drawback. It can still be offset to some extent by the placing rugs on areas, and or beneath surface heating systems.
It is difficult and the back-breaking installation process considering the weight of slate, which will either eat your budget to pay contractors or solid work daily wages. If not impossible, this also makes it difficult to install this material in high story locations, with a restriction on environmental changes.
The problem of having individual uniqueness is that it is difficult to pre-plan around this stone, since samples and pictures may vary from the actual vein strain available at any given time. You should always dry lay out a slate flooring installation before committing to mortar and grout as it can also lead to design quandaries.