Slate

Slate countertops have a lot going for them, including dark good looks, impressive durability and a non-porous surface that makes them easy to clean and less in need of maintenance than granite or marble. The subtle, shifting coloration and dark shades of slate offer less variation than marble or granite -- but if dark, dramatic and natural is what you are after, then slate fits the bill. Slight irregularities add to the uniqueness and natural appearance of slate worktops. As well as black, you can also get shades of charcoal, grey, pewter, brown and even some with highlights of green, blue or red.

While the difference in slate slabs is not as distinct as you find in granite or marble, each countertop is still unique.

Slate is non-porous, which means that it’s easy to clean, doesn’t harbour bacteria and won’t get stained by juice, tomato products, oil, or cleaning products. It doesn’t chip or scratch easily and stands up very well to heat -- so hot pans are not an issue. Finally, slate countertops are generally more affordable than granite or marble.

Benefits of Slate

Impact resistant

Scratch resistant

UV resistant

Hygienic

Every piece unique

Frost resistant

Heat resistant

Why choose slate worktops?

Slate offers a distinctive, rustic finish as well as offering a practical and hard-wearing surface, very low liquid-absorption levels with a luxurious warm feel to the hand. Unaffected by normal extremes of temperature, slate worktops can withstand heavy use, are non-fading and stain-proof.

They make for a highly durable cooking, preparation and serving surface or, in the bathroom, make stylish plinths and vanity areas. Slate is generally a more affordable option than other natural stone surfaces.