Pros and Cons of Slate Worktops

Jun 17th 2015 at 2:40 AM

Although marble and granite are the most popular choices one can make for use in kitchen worktops, there are other options available that have similar properties but are easier on the pocket. Slate is one such alternative that is very effective as a kitchen worktop, reasonably attractive as a material, well suited to use in kitchens and costing much less than marble and granite. However, its pros and cons, as given below, need to be carefully analysed before opting for its use.

Although generally used for flooring and roofing purposes, slate usage is now getting increasingly popular as a kitchen worktop material. Oozing ardour and charm, slate is an economical choice for home interiors that gives an overall classy, yet domesticated look.

Pros and Cons of Slate worktops

Here’s a list of its pros and cons that can assist you to decide if slate is the right material for use in your kitchen:-

1) Appearance

If a matte worktop that has no reflectivity suits your style and preference, slate is the material for you. Its sheer sheen gives it a uniform look that some find too boring to view while others choose its sober countenance over every other material.

2) Financial Flexibility

Slate is generally considered to be an inexpensive material when compared to its glossier counterparts like marble. It is available in a variety of colours like red, brown, black, green, blue, gray and plum that afford you a lot of choice for your kitchen interiors. However, black and red tones are the most exclusive amongst them and thus the most expensive as well.

3) Relative Density and Grain formations

This stone is available in a wide variety of textures like natural cleft, calibrated, honed and polished. The honed grained texture is the most suitable for use as a kitchen worktop. The edges need to be rounded and smoothened before use.

4) Resistance to stains

Because of the high relative density of the material, it is highly resistant to stains and spills from substances like vinegar, wine, etc. Any scratches on the worktop surface can use the polymer patch up treatment. It also shows high resistance to heat, that adds to its in demand qualities for use in kitchens.

5) Preservation and Maintenance

It is very important to get the edges of the slate counters rounded and smoothened before use as it is this care that will increase the longevity of the worktop. Use of sealants at regular intervals is a must to ensure maintenance of its high quality. Matt worktops always require more maintenance than polished ones as these can easily show finger and lime scale marks.

A neutral pH cleaner can be used once a week along with a damp cloth to clean the surface. Avoid the use of surface damaging abrasive cleaners. If the splash water test turns out negative (i.e. splashing some water on the counter and observing whether it forms beads or is absorbed into the surface) resealing of the surface is required.

Slate kitchen worktops add drama to the overall design of the kitchen, along with a grace and charm reminiscent of old school design ideas. MKW Surfaces supply and install this classy material that is kinder on your pockets as well, and is a suitable long term investment in your home. For more details about these and other materials like quartz worktops in London, visit

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