Q: What do people think about porcelain tiles that look like slate?
My friends recently redid their bathroom. They used a slate-style porcelain tile. We're about to redo a couple bathrooms in our house and I really like this look. I thought the porcelain "slate" turned out very nice. What do pro's think of these tiles? How do they compare to the real thing cost and value-wise? Do you think real slate would be a better move for resale value?
Also, any good brands to recommend? Daltile's Continental Slate was the first thing that popped up when I googled this...
A: Getting the slate look with porcelain tiles
Slate is a fantastic product, it is natural,-- - - mined from the earth in huge slabs that are cut down to size depending on the needs. It is used as roofing tile, stepping stones, steps, and floor tile . for most outside use it holds up very well.
The first problem with using slate as a tile is that it is very soft, if you use a car key, you can easily scratch it--( or say a pebble stuck in a shoe)
The second problem is that it stains easily --in the eighties people would put a heavy coat of sealer or wax to protect it, but it didn t look natural and would yellow after a while, and look awful
I think porcelain is easier to install and holds up much better that a natural product. Initially it might cost more , but a good install will still look great for years to come with very little maintenance.
As far as resale value goes -- it would be a draw if the slate stayed in great condition when you sell but that would be a long shot
Keep the slate for the back yard -- I think you would be more satisfied.
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