Slate kitchen floors are made of slate stone which is a naturally occurring stone and is available in many shapes, colors, and styles that you can get to blend with almost any decor you have or are planning on having. An ideal flooring material for kitchens because of its durability and natural slip resistance, which in a room like the kitchen is definitely a huge plus. Another big benefit is the resistance to moisture and stains but this will only apply with proper sealing initially an yearly maintenance after that.
The most common colors for slate stone kitchen flooring are black and white but it is also available in many other colors to match almost any style that you are going for in your kitchen. If you want to go for a truly unique look you can mix and match different colors along with different shapes and sizes to create a one-of-a-kind floor. Another big benefit is being able to match the floor to the countertops in your kitchen which will help to blend the entire room together and achieve a very uniform look.
If you live in a colder climate slate is a perfect kitchen flooring option because it is ideal for a home with radiant heating system. The radiant heat warms the tiles and makes a very comfortable material to walk on in the cold winter months. Slate flooring is on the softer side of the stone family which is good and bad. Good because it is a little bit easier on the joints and body in case you fall (plates and anything breakable will still break on it if dropped). On the downside is the fact that it is a little more likely to dent in comparison to say granite but it is still very durable for every-day use.
Pros of Slate Kitchen Flooring:
Resistant to both slipping and stains (stains resistance when properly sealed and maintained)
-Easy to match to any decor and blends well with many countertop materials that are popular today
-Very durable and able to withstand rough day-to-day use
-Most be sealed yearly to maintain its look along with its stain and slip benefit
-On the more expensive side of the flooring choices that you have
Slate kitchen floors range from between $ 14-35 dollars a square foot. Slate, like other types of stone, are not a DIY most people can do unless they are very experienced and also have some experience working with different types of stone.
On top of the cost of the materials themselves figure on adding about $ 5-7 dollars a square foot for installation cost. If you can get past the cost of slate flooring it does truly offer many benefits along with a beautiful look that can last you decades if properly taken care of.