The Pros & Cons Of Slate Worktops

Slate worktops have become increasingly popular in the past few years and it’s easy to see why.

Slate is a beautiful material that has incredible texture, colours and patternation.

It is also very durable, which makes it perfect for busy environments like stone kitchens and bathrooms.


This article will share the pros and cons of using slate for a worktop, to help you decide if you should use it in your next project.

What is slate?

Slate is a foliated metamorphic rock, created from sedimentary shale or mudstone.

In layman’s terms, it is a thinly sheeted rock that has been formed under very high pressures.

It is a fine-grained stone with a beautiful texture.

Slate can contain many different minerals, including quartz, muscovite, illite, biotite, chlorite, and hematite.

These minerals help to determine which colour each piece of slate is.

Most slates are a shade of grey, red, black, green, purple or brown.

Some pieces of slate are quite mottled in appearance and have beautiful patterns.

Slate has been a popular building material for thousands of years.

It is often used for roof shingles, worktops, workbenches, tables, and flooring.

Slate remains a popular material today because of its durability, affordability, and stunning appearance.

What are the pros and cons of using slate?

Slate worktops have a lot going for them, including that beautiful fine grain — but is slate right for your next project?

Here are some of the pros and cons of slate.

Pro: Slate is very beautiful

Slate is an attractive material with a fine grain that makes it stand apart from other surfaces.

The texture of slate is its most attractive attribute — it can give a space a natural or rustic aesthetic.

Running your hands over a slate table feels very different to granite, marble, or porcelain.

It feels like a very warm and natural material.

Pro: You can give your kitchen or bathroom a uniform appearance

It is very easy to secure large pieces of slate that are the same colour.

Instead of having random colours and patterns like you might find in granite or marble, a slate worktop will have a fairly uniform colour.

You can use it as a base, which other colours work off.

Pro: Slate is waterproof

Slate has an extremely low water absorption index of less than 0.4% — making it completely water proof.

You can place a slate worktop in your kitchen or bathroom with no risk of water penetration.

Because water cannot penetrate its surface, slate worktops are very hygienic.

Pro: Slate is more affordable than some other materials

Slate is usually more affordable than other materials like granite or marble.

That means you can afford larger worktops and use it in more spaces throughout your home or business.

Pro: Slate is relatively easy to clean

You only need to use a pH neutral cleaner once a week on your slate worktops to keep them clean.

Pro: Slate resists heat well

Slate can handle very high temperatures, which makes it ideal for worktops in a kitchen.

You will be able to place hot pots and pans on your worktop with no risk of damaging it.

Pro: Slate is not a reflective material

Slate has a stunning matte appearance that is very attractive.

It often works very well as a counterpoint to a kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Pro: Slate is resistant to etching and stains

Slate is less porous than some other materials like granite and marble — making it less likely to stain.

The surface is also extremely durable and scratch resistant.

If you do manage to scratch your slate worktop, it is easy to remove.

Simply use a stain pen, mineral oil or sandpaper to scratch away.

Con: Vulnerable to chips and nicks

Although slate is less porous than granite or marble, it is more brittle.

That means it is more likely to chip around the edges of your worktop.

This is something to be aware of if you intend on using the worktop in a kitchen.

Con: The edges can be sharp

The edges of slate worktops can be sharp.

Professionals recommend that you round back the edges to reduce the risk of injury.

Con: Some people find the appearance of slate boring

Although most people love the look of slate, some people can find it a bit dull.

The matte finish and uniform appearance are a little boring to some people.

The colours that are available are also slightly limited — if you want something other than grey, black, brown, red, purple, or green, then you are out of luck!

Con: Using the wrong cleaner can damage your slate worktop

Although slate worktops are resistant to acid and stains, a harsh chemical cleaner can damage the slate.

If you use the incorrect product, you may have to reseal your worktop or sand it back to remove marks.

Thank you for reading The Pros and Cons of Slate Worktops.

If you have any questions about slate worktops, contact Carrara Marble on 020 8838 4604 or view our slate worktops online.


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