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Slate is scientifically classified as a metamorphic rock that comes in a rather smooth surface that is formed due to the alteration of shale, between low-grade and regional metamorphic. Actually, shale is considered a stone made of soft clay so when this is subjected to the highest temperature, it flattens that normally result to slate formation. The slate’s composition of micas or clay will entirely depend on the metamorphism’s level of the parent shale that has been so long subjected. As both of the pressure and temperature increases during the time of metamorphism, the mineral that is present in shale finally changes to micas.

Actually, the mineral composition of slate is muscovite or illite and quartz, while its secondary composition contains tourmaline, hematite, pyrite, chlorite and feldspar. It’s also resistant to other factors such as acid spills, fire and stains. In fact, it’s also commercially available as Chinese, Vermont and Indian slates.

Furthermore, the colour of the slate is mostly found in a wide variety such as grey, light grey, purple, red, green, black and brown. Actually, the colour’s determinant factor is the form and amount of iron as well as the substance that is found in the slate. It also has its durability properties while it’s highly valued for flagging, roofing and flooring.

Slate is widely useful in most industries for the production of coverings and roofing sheets. Many people choose slate over other artificial counterparts since it possesses outstanding physical and chemical properties. It is also resistant to other factors, such as wind, cold and moisture. It also remains as an excellent insulator which is marketed as a roof for the past few decades. Additionally, it does not create harm in the environment as it remains ecologically friendly.

Not only that, slate is also beneficial for external and internal flooring. Floors that are usually made of slate can be found mostly in bathrooms, external porches, basements and kitchen. Slate can add glamour and elegance to a home as it’s versatile and durable. It can give a room to creative and unique interior designs. If you’re after home improvement, you can make use of slate for internal floors that are basically found on honed finished tiles, layered slates and various colour options. On the other hand, slate is also used for external flooring either with slate tiles or random tiles.

Now you know that slate has been immensely useful in commercial and residential buildings due to its high-resistance to pollution and weather. Other uses mainly include as a cover to exterior walls, swimming pool, paving paths, threads on stairs and risers. Oftentimes, slate is contemporarily used in making fountains. Even a smooth surface on snooker can be achieved by using a quarried slate. Billiard tables are well-built withy single slate that requires multiple slates. On the other hand, the best tables being used in tournaments include a 3-slab of slate.

Not only slate is considered excellent as it can also be used as wall cladding, bathroom shower wall panels and on barbecue tops. If you want, you can mix it on the worktops!

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