Slate backsplash: Multihued wonder

Stone is an extremely popular material for the kitchen backsplash. Granite, marble and travertine are some of the common finishes for the kitchen backsplash design. But there is yet another natural stone that is widely used for floors, walls and above all, the kitchen backsplash. Slate, owning to several remarkable features, is regarded as one of the best natural stones available for the creation of the backsplash in kitchens.

Salient features of slate tiles

The slate tile is made from a natural, oily stone that is both organic and textured and offers several natural variations in color. That is because slate itself is composed of several layers that are colored different from each other. With so many hues to offer, the slate backsplash pattern is truly unique and very distinct. The slate backsplash has a naturally textured surface making it non-slip and thus an excellent exterior for not just backsplashes but also floors, fireplaces and walls.

There are drawbacks, though…

Despite the variety of advantages, there are several problems with the slate backsplash. To begin with, at times slate tends to be extremely soft and so not really the kind of material for a wet area. Also slate is highly prone to streaks, white marks, stains, discoloration, scratches and even flaking at times. To overcome these problems, make sure you pay heed to the following points at the time of installation:

* Never use a thinset or mastic as an adhesive but only a thinset with acrylic addictive while fixing the tiles.

* Since slate is an oily natural stone, the oil will come to the fore after a certain point in time. So is there a solution? Make sure the sealer you use is meant specifically for slate only and not for all natural stones.

At a price of $2.50 per square foot, slate is as good as any other natural stone. Its appeal lies in the way you use it.

Increase your home’s market value

Now, while we are discussing this, we would also want to touch upon an important topic.  Choosing a particular kind of backsplash material should not be done at random. With every home decorating choice you make, you should really be seeking to significantly enhance the value of your home. Especially if you are planning to sell it after a while.

Some choices tend to increase the value of your house while others tend to decrease it. That’s right. It’s actually possible to invest money and effort and end up decreasing how much your home is really worth! Why would anyone want to do that? Maybe because they simply do not know.

Luckily, having a really nice slate backsplash in your kitchen can add to the value of your home.