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Slate is a foliated, fine-grained metamorphic rock formed by the alteration or change of shale (its parent rock) by regional, low-grade metamorphism.

Qualities of Slate

  • Due to its vast metamorphic history, slate is very strong and durable.
  • It has a hardness of 5.5 on Mohs scale and is strong enough to scratch steel and glass.
  • It occurs in diverse colors based on the kinds of minerals present. Haematite causes a red color, and chlorite causes a green color.
  • Slate is opaque and does not transmit light

Benefits of Slate

  • Highly durable with a great appearance
  • Resistant to frost and breakage
  • Fire and mold resistant
  • It absorbs minimal moisture and can easily be cut into thin sheets for use

Uses of Slate

  • Widely used for paving tiles, shingles, and roofing
  • Used for decorative purposes like picture frames, jewelry etc.
  • Used to make chalkboards for schools and as a natural canvas
  • It is used for interior and exterior flooring and decorative aggregate
  • Due to its insulating property, it was used for electrical panels in the past
  • High-quality slate is also used for tombstones and tablets

Contact Re-Vive stonecare for all your Slate repair, restoration and installation needs from worktops to floors and features and decorative stonework. 01279 315545 or mobile 0773 7655871.