Slate tiles are a sleek and stylish stone flooring solution for homeowners here in Chicago. With a deep dark hue and striking durability, slate is a smart modern choice for many areas of the home. To help you learn more about slate, the experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago have all the facts for you here.

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About Slate

Slate is a metamorphic rock, which in simpler terms means that it’s formed over time from existing types of rocks. A piece of slate can be composed of pieces of mica, quartz, muscovite, calcite, kaolinite, graphite, and pyrite—just to name a few. The stone then compresses slowly under heat and pressure under it’s formed.

Design Benefits

Slate is a popular choice for homeowners looking for a cheaper alternate other stone flooring choices like marble or slab granite. It’s a smart flooring option for kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. We also recommend it for uses beyond flooring. From kitchen backsplashes to full countertops, slate will add sophistication and elegance no matter how it’s used.


Like most natural stone flooring choices, slate needs to be carefully maintained so it doesn’t discolor or crack. You should only lightly vacuum or mop with water occasionally. Be sure not to use chemical cleaner on your slate floor, as it can etch or damage it. Aside from those small precautions, slate will stay strong for years.


Stone flooring is a higher end item. While slate is cheaper than whole slab granite and marble, it’s still a more expensive choice overall. On average, slate tiles range between $9 to $20 per square foot when installed professionally. However, once it’s installed, you’ll never need to install a new floor in your home again. If you’re looking for a cheaper option with a similar look, consider luxury vinyl tile or laminate.

Start Today!

Are you interested in installing slate stone flooring in your North Chicago home? The friendly experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom. We’ll walk you through the entire process, from free estimates to installation. We proudly offer a wide variety of stone flooring products to the greater Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square area.

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