Slate is not as porous as other natural stone varieties like travertine, limestone and sandstone. This impermeable nature has made it a popular material for roofs. Slate is a metamorphic rock and is generally grey in colour but is available in other shades like pink, green and red which is evident in several varieties available. Slate is easy to wipe clean which is why it was used as a tool for writing upon in schools during the Victorian period. Slate is still used as a menu in traditional pubs where it is written on in chalk, often listing the specials for that particular day. The only surface which is similar to writing slate is that of our honed slate which comprises of a smooth, even surface. The majority of our slate kitchen flooring options has a visibly riven surface which provides an incredibly rustic look. Slate, in its dark pastel like shades is particularly good at absorbing light, making it useful as a conservatory floor as it prevents the glare from the sun. The rock texture of slate also creates a high level of slip resistance. In outdoor areas slate is resilient against weathering, making it ideal for patios and pathways. Affordable, imported slate from countries like Brazil in recent years has made it easier for UK residents to acquire this much sought after natural stone. We source slate wall coverings direct from the quarry and pass these savings onto our customers.