How much does slate flooring cost?
Slate flooring can provide a visually appealing and functional option for any home. This natural stone flooring option is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and foyers and can be both slip and stain resistant.
Typical Slate Floor Costs
Low-End Estimate for Slate Floors
- Basic slate tiles: Basic slate tiles typically cost from $1 to $3 per square foot.
- High-quality slate tiles: High-quality and designer slate tile costs range from approximately $4-$10 per square foot.
- Mosaic tiles: Mosaic tiles typically cost from $8 to $35 per square foot.
- Installation: Installation for the various types of tiles increases in price per square foot as follows; basic slate tiles with installation cost from $6 to $13 and high-quality slate tiles with installation cost from $9 to $20.
High-End Estimate for Slate Floors
- For basic slate tiles in a 10'x10' bathroom or entryway with do-it-yourself installation: About $700-$2,300.
What to Expect
- For high-quality slate tiles in a 500 square foot room with professional installation: About $4,500-$10,000.
- Materials: The materials needed for slate flooring installation include the tiles, grout, adhesive mortar, sealant, brushes (or other applicators), and a wet saw.
- Timing: A slate flooring installation project typically takes about two days, and that includes drying time.
- Mess: Care should be taken when installing a slate floor to ensure that adhesive, grout, and sealant are properly applied and that there is no related spillage or mess. Grout easily sticks to the surface of slate, so the process should be handled carefully to avoid getting residue on the tiles. Unless old tiles require disposal, there is little mess involved with installing slate tiles.
- If slate tiles are treated with a polyurethane finish, the sealant will penetrate the pores of the slate and is not easily removed. Therefore, a polyurethane finish will require care in order to avoid scratches. You should treat it the same way you would a hardwood floor.
- It's important to test tiles for movement once they have set for a day. This will ensure that they are properly adhered to the surface underneath and do not become detached once the process is complete.
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