USA: Slate Flooring: Slate Flooring Manufacturers
ABOUT SLATE FLOORING
Slate is a fine grained metamorphic rock made from an original shale type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash. Slate flooring has two lines of breakability: grain and cleavage. This enables the splitting of slate flooring into thin impervious sheets. When used for interior or exterior flooring, slate flooring tiles are set on mortar and are grouted along the joints. Chemical sealants may be used to improve durability and stain resistance. Slate flooring tiles are available in a wide range of grey, green, and black colors. The surface may be naturally split or honed to a smooth finish.
Slate tiles are available in sizes from 6" square up to 24" square. Rectangular and irregular slate tiles are also available. Mesh-backed mosaic is available, as panels, and as decorative borders.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colours and materials, and care and maintenance.
American Slate Company. American Slate Company, based in Baltimore, Maryland, has been supplying slate for more than 25 years from leading slate quarries around the world. American Slate tiles, veneers, slabs, borders and mosaics are intended for floors, walls, kitchen countertops, patios, fireplaces, and shower surrounds. American Slate Company supplies Slate and Quartzite Tiles in 12", 16" and 24" squares. Slate is available in more than 60 colors. It also supplies Irregular Slate Paving, which may be used for interior floors and walls, and for patios, walkways, and driveways. Other specialist slate products include: thinset random slate fixed to a mesh backing, 12" square mosaic slate panels, and mosaic slate borders. The American Slate Company website contains sections on Slate Flooring, Slate Interior Accents, Slate Roofing, and Slate Exterior Accents.
Stonehenge Slate. Stonehenge Slate, of Middlesex, New Jersey, is a leading importer of slate, sandstone, limestone, granite tiles, quartzite, flagstone, and pavers. Its slate tiles are available in two forms: Cleft Top, and Honed. The Cleft Top flooring tiles have a natural, irregular slate surface. The Honed flooring tiles have a smooth finish. The tiles are 12" square, and 1/2" thick. A wide range of gold, green, grey, and pink colors is available. Slate colors include: Copper Slate, Exotic Qtz, Indian Autumn, Multi Pink, Red Rajah, Silver Grey, California Gold, Sea Green, Kota Blue, Montauk Blue, and Copper. The Stonehenge Slate website contains large images of samples of each of these slate flooring colors. Mesh-backed mosaic slate flooring is available, with mosaic 1"x2" or 1"x1".
Vermont Specialty Slate. Vermont Specialty Slate, based in Forest Dale, Vermont, has been supplying new and salvaged slate for flooring and roofing since 1995. Vermont Specialty Slate supplies slate floor tiles and trimmed slate to contractors, masons, flooring installation companies, and suppiers. A regular delivery schedule is provided in the Boston and New York City areas. Vermont Specialty flooring is supplied in nine colors: North Country Black, Vermont Grey, Unfading Green, Semi-Weathering Grey Green, Mottled Purple Green, Purple, Unfading Red, Vermont Black, and Salvaged. The flooring is available in Tile or Trimmed Styles, with beveled edges. Vermont Specialty Flooring is available in square tiles ranging in size from 6"x6" up to 24"x24". Rectangular tiles are also available, in sizes from 9"x12" up to 12"x24".
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