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Old 06-10-2014, 12:25 PM   #1
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Reclaimed roof slate as wall tile


Hey everyone,

We gutted our bathroom last September/October, and are finally back to finishing it. We went through a couple of different design ideas, and then last week decided on reclaimed roof slate instead of tile.

Has anyone used them for wall tile? Any advice?

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Hey everyone,

We gutted our bathroom last September/October, and are finally back to finishing it. We went through a couple of different design ideas, and then last week decided on reclaimed roof slate instead of tile.

Has anyone used them for wall tile? Any advice?
Thanks!
Pretty nifty idea as far as design goes but you need to know that slate will shed wafers over time. Are the tiles weather worn and were they originally rectified or random? Are they still gauged? What color are they?
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Great idea, although they might flake off a bit, and hanging them will be a big PIA, but I approve of the concept.

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I don't have them in hand as of yet, but will be getting them on Thursday. As far as I know they were stored in a barn as extras when the town hall was built in 1860.

why will hanging them be a big PITA? They weigh about a pound each, which is what 12x12 tiles weigh.

Planning to put them up in a brick pattern, here's a photo of a shower that has exactly what we want to do:
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why will hanging them be a big PITA? They weigh about a pound each, which is what 12x12 tiles weigh.
Yeah I didn't understand that comment either. I see no problem what-so-ever.

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Why will hanging them be a big PITA, They weigh about a pound each, which is what 12x12 tiles weigh.
Actually they are probably closer to four pounds each but still no big deal.
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Are they uniform thicknesses?

Sizes vary, some thicker, some wider, some longer?

PITA.

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Based on what I've been told, they are mostly uniform. Some variation in thickness and dimensions, but that just means I have to spend a little time sorting. That doesn't bother me. We have different definitions of PITA ;-)

I tiled original plaster walls that weren't flat and weren't square to each other. THAT was a PITA. I'm at least starting with brand new walls in this room!
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Chelle: That would be a SUPER PITA, varying sizes is a minor difficulty, but still not a perfect mass produced bathroom tile.

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I guess it all depends on your point of view. I have never lived in a home built after 1920. I have no experience with square, flat, plumb walls. These tiles will just present a different set of challenges than all the other PITA challenges I've had.
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As I said earlier, I approve of using something other than the conventional to tile your walls with.

And look forward to a report of how pleased that you are with it.

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And, to be fair, you may be absolutely 100% right and this is just going to give me (more) gray hair. LOL

However, I priced actual slate tiles, and they are out of my price range. Champagne taste... beer budget! Of course, if I figured in the price of my time, I'm sure that buying new tile would be the cheaper of the two options... but my time doesn't pay for our complete roof tear off and replacement, so I'll spend the time on the bathroom walls and the cash on the roof!
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Got the tiles! From 1860, never installed. Have been in a barn for 150 years.
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They all have two holes, nice and square, with nice edges.
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What are you going to do about the holes? Other than that, holy cow, that will look awesome.


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They will just show as white dots. Not a big deal, it will be part of their charm. If I get really ambitious, I might use dark grout in the holes, but they would still show.



I think they installed these front side down to make them look more flat and square. You can definitely tell the front from the back of the tiles themselves. The fronts are more "beveled" (for lack of a better description) which gives nice depth. The backs are much more smooth and flat, and the holes seem to be smaller.

I'll look at them tonight when I unpack them all to sort them.
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