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Chinese Black Slate Tiles - Honed Finish for Indoors
Silvermere Guesthouse - Wentworth Falls, NSW
Aesop, Westfield Plaza, Sydney CBD
Private home - Randwick, Sydney
Honed Black Slate Projects - Guesthouses & New Home
The charming owners of the renowned Silvermere Guesthouse at Wentworth Falls recently selected our black slate with a honed finish for their stunning new home (images above left & right).
Our honed black slate was used by the architects on the floor and staircase in a new home - image above right.Make an enquiry
Chinese Black Slate - Characteristics
This is a seriously dense stone that is suitable for almost every application including wet areas such as water features. It is a slate with a fine, silky surface that will with time reveal minor markings or pattina.
Severe scratches in the slate are easily sanded out; minor scratches may develop with time as the slate evolves in its new environment.
The slate is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and has been used on walls just as successfully as it has been for flooring.
It is available in both honed and natural split form. The black, honed treads are really beautiful and are enormously popular for outdoor stairways.
Chinese Black Floor Slate - The World's Greatest Flooring Stone?
If there is a more durable stone for flooring, we are not aware of it! The test results at the foot of this page are proof of the extraordinary quality of Chinese Black slate. This is truly, an exceptionally durable stone.
The silky smooth honed surface is vulnerable to scratching if used on a floor but this will depend on the amount of traffic and presence of grit. No probems though if used on walls like the shower recess in the image on the right.
Over time honed floor surfaces tend to develop an aged patina which are preferred by many but certainly not all - so it is something to think about.
Seal It or Leave Natural?
The test results below indicate that this slate should not need to be sealed, afterall it's dark colour is not likely to show the usual coffee, tea or red wine stains! So there is a good argument for saving your money.
However, there are two very practical reasons for sealing. When used indoors, some people prefer the colour enhancement provided by surface sealers and on the natural split surface cleaning is much easier as well.
The other reason sealants are used is to protect the slate from oil and grease stains especially around food preparation areas.
Unless these are wiped up quickly, they will leave marks on an unsealed surface.
Chinese Black Slate - Honed Finish
Black Slate Honed Tile - 600x300x15mm
Black Slate Bullnosed Tread - Honed
- Tiles honed - 600x300x15mm
- Bullnose treads honed - 1000x300x30 & 1500x300x30 + 2000x300x30mm by special order
- Honed slabs with aris edge - 1200x400x30mm
For more information on floor & wall slate, go to specifications.
Stone Quality Rating - Chinese Black Slate
(5 stars = best quality)
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|Flexural strength (wet)|
Indicative Test Results
- Density (ASTM C97-02) - 2753 kg/m3
- Water absorption (ASTM C97-02) by volume (porosity) - 0.63%
- Water absorption (ASTM C97-02) by weight - 0.23%
- Flexural strength (ASTM C880) (dried) - 29.3 MPa
- Flexural strength (ASTM C880) (wet) - 22.6 MPa
ASTM C629-08 benchmarks for the water absorption (weight) of slate are 0.25% (exteriors) and 0.45% (interiors)
For more information on floor & wall slate, go to test results
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