The Natural Slate Company is the UK’s premier natural slate tile specialist, supplying over forty different and uniquely coloured flooring slates from around the world.
The Natural Slate Company is the UK’s premier natural slate tile specialist. We stock all the natural slate tiles in our own dedicated warehouse, every order is packed by our experienced staff and can normally be dispatched within 48 hours.
The different finishes available in natural slates
Riven flooring slate – This product has a natural riven surface, these vary from very lightly riven Brazilian slates with the least texture, through to the rustic slates which are very heavily riven, creating a rustic farmhouse characteristic.
Honed slate – This is when the surface of the slate has been machined to be completely flat and smooth. The surface can be further polished to create a shiny finish. Honed slates generally do not have a shiny appearance.
Chipped edged slate – This is when the slates have hand cut chipped edges, rather than diamond sawn straight edges, this instantly creates an aged antiqued appearance when laid.
Tumbled Slate – This slate has been sawn to size, and then put into a rotating drum rounding off the sharp edges, giving the tiles a softer almost worn appearance.
We also supply a selection of the above riven and chipped edged slates in a thicker more robust size, better suited to withstand our British weather. These are either a nominal 30 mm thickness suitable for driveways and heavy traffic, or a more competitively priced nominal 20 mm suitable for slate patios and pathways. Bullnosed steps available from stock and bespoke bullnosing for all Slate and Quartzite paving.
We also stock a range of premium paving stone, consisting of riven, honed, sandblasted and tumbled Paving stones suitable for patios and paths driveways.
For those looking for a competitively priced product we also have a range hand cut Indian sandstones in the most popular colours ideal for patios and paths at extremely competitive prices.
It is not generally recommended to use the thinner flooring slates externally, as they may not be robust enough to withstand the British elements.
2015 “Why Dark Grey is a Bright Idea” We are pleased to supply all the Brazilian Grey flooring slates for Wendy and James Aldridge, throughout their London Home. See full article here Guardian Article
2014 Telegraph winning extension of the year 2014 Neil and Turner
Photos supplied by Neil Turner of Howarth Litchfield Partnership
Please click here for PDF of full article HB&R mag dec 2014