Slate is approximately 500 million years old. Slate is a fine grained, metamorphic rock exhibiting cleavage, which allows it to split into thin sheets. It is formed from shale, which is a thin-bedded, fine grained; clastic sedimentary rock compacted from mud that is a mix of flakes of clay mineral and tiny fragments of other minerals like quartz and calcite… Slate colors are shades of gray, red, brown and green ranging from dark to light. Slates are moderately hard, compact and less homogeneous with varying textures. Slate is cleft and rough by nature.
Slate is popular for outside applications such as patio areas or around pools, but it is also popular for the inside of the house. Slate comes in different sizes like the Versailles pattern which consists of four different sizes to give a unique pattern and appearance. Using a sealer on the slate will bring out the deep rich colors of this natural stone intensifying its beauty and making it easier to care for.