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JakAHearts 04-21-2010 03:41 PM

Non square slate tile flooring
 
Hello. The wife and I are looking into putting in slate tile flooring in our bathroom. However, we dont want the traditional 12x12 or like sizes. Were looking to do something like Ive seen on peoples outdoor porches. The tiles are all uneven/unfinished however this would be on an indoor surface so the bottoms would have to be flat so I can place them with the thinset/mortar. Does such a thing exist?

Shane

DangerMouse 04-21-2010 03:57 PM

I'm sure you can do it. It sounds like a great idea to me!
You're in the right place to find out how to do it too.... Po)

DM

jlhaslip 04-22-2010 12:17 PM

buy the 12" slates and cut them to suit your layout.

JakAHearts 04-22-2010 01:24 PM

I was thinking about buying the flat ones and then just breaking them and using the pieces. Has anyone ever tried that or heard of this?

Shane

rcuerrier 04-22-2010 01:33 PM

Hi JakAHearts,

I own a flooring store and sell slate all the time, and yes we do all kinds of random patterns.

The slate we sell is available in sizes ranging from as small as 4" x 4" to as large as 24" by 24" with various sizes in between. In fact, there are some mesh mounted patterns available so you don't have to lay anything out.

As far as the actual slate is concerned, the back is generally smooth with all the texture being on top. Although you can also buy gauged slate which is means the tile thickness won't vary nearly as much from tile to tile.

I would suggest you visit a specialty flooring store or tile store (not box stores,) to find these items as they aren't a rare item.

Good luck in your search.

rcuerrier 04-22-2010 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by JakAHearts (Post 432008)
I was thinking about buying the flat ones and then just breaking them and using the pieces. Has anyone ever tried that or heard of this?

Shane

Hi Shane,

The issue, or potential issue, with doing that is sharp edges. Slate is naturally "layered" and if you break the tiles up you may end up with a floor that won't be so nice under foot.

I'm not sure how familiar you are with slate, but keep in mind that it is a porous stone and that it will be necessary to seal it before grouting. Also, keep in mind that the sealer is an impregnating sealer and while it may leave a slight shine (which will fade over time) it doesn't act to hold the stone or layers together. The sealer basically helps to prevent staining.

Hope that helps!

racebum 04-22-2010 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rcuerrier (Post 432011)
Hi JakAHearts,

I own a flooring store and sell slate all the time, and yes we do all kinds of random patterns.

The slate we sell is available in sizes ranging from as small as 4" x 4" to as large as 24" by 24" with various sizes in between. In fact, there are some mesh mounted patterns available so you don't have to lay anything out.

As far as the actual slate is concerned, the back is generally smooth with all the texture being on top. Although you can also buy gauged slate which is means the tile thickness won't vary nearly as much from tile to tile.

I would suggest you visit a specialty flooring store or tile store (not box stores,) to find these items as they aren't a rare item.

Good luck in your search.

totally agree with this. the 12x12 lowes and depot have is not flat on one side which makes an even install that much harder. they do have a gauged 16x16 available but it's costly at nearly $4/sq


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