Slate

At Marble 2 Marvel we offer slate for a host of applications from flooring to fireplaces hearths. Whether your job is a small or large – we can help. If you know what you want or if you are looking for advice on the marble, or other stone products we offer, then the best thing to do is get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

What is Slate?

Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism. It is the finest grained foliated metamorphic rock. Foliation may not correspond to the original sedimentary layering, but instead is in planes perpendicular to the direction of metamorphic compression.

The very strong foliation is called “slaty cleavage”. It is caused by strong compression causing fine grained clay flakes to regrow in planes perpendicular to the compression. When expertly “cut” by striking parallel to the foliation, with a specialized tool in the quarry, many slates will form smooth flat sheets of stone which have long been used for roofing and floor tiles and other purposes.

Slate is frequently grey in color, especially when seen, en masse, covering roofs. However, slate occurs in a variety of colors even from a single locality; for example, slate from North Wales can be found in many shades of grey, from pale to dark, and may also be purple, green or cyan. Slate is not to be confused with shale, from which it may be formed, or schist. Ninety percent of Europe’s natural slate used for roofing originates from Spain.

The word “slate” is also used for certain types of object made from slate rock. It may mean a single roofing tile made of slate, or a writing slate. This was traditionally a small smooth piece of the rock, often framed in wood, used with chalk as a notepad or noticeboard, and especially for recording charges in pubs and inns. The phrases “clean slate” and “blank slate” come from this usage.

How and where can it be used?

Slate can be used in the following applications:

  • Flooring
  • Countertops
  • Wall Coverings
  • Shower Room
  • Staircases

Marble 2 Marvel are the company to use….. Everyone …  Avi the owner, Vanessa, the fitters and  Ian ‘the amazing templating guy’ are extremely professional, so friendly and,most importantly, are perfectionists. We are absolutely  thrilled with our  stunning work surfaces and would,without doubt,recommend this company. We have had so many ‘wow’ comments already!! 

Liz & Mike 

 

I must say how impressed I was with your installation team. I understand it was a very complex situation and it took 5 operatives to finally get the stone in place! However it now looks fantastic and the whole kitchen has exceeded our expectations.

Mr O’Neill, Stone Cross.

 

We are very satisfied with the service and very happy with the result, we obviously made a good choice and we would certainly recommend you.

Mr Oaten, Sedlescombe.

We wish to put on record our appreciation of the way we have been served right from the initial viewing of the worktop choices through to the efficient installation and finish of the worktop that now graces our new kitchen.

Mr and Mrs Kadwill, Eastbourne.

I was really happy with the excellent service provided by Marble 2 Marvel when I recently purchased new work tops. Every detail mattered to them and because of that I am a completely satisfied customer. Many thanks to their team.

Mrs Sandaver, Hastings.

I thought I should let you know we are absolutely delighted with our new Silestone worktop. It looks spectacular and finishes our new kitchen off perfectly…

Review by Mrs Pont in Bexhil on Sea who purchased the Silestone worktop.