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Seiche

06:57AM | 06/10/03
Member Since: 02/10/03
23 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
We just picked up natural Indian Slate from Home Depot...sounded like a special limited deal at $1.69/sq ft...to install in a 9'x18' kitchen. We tore up the linoleum and the top layer of plywood subfloor. We're planning on installing a layer of Hardiback and laying down the tiles with mortar... tightly together with no grouting inbetween the tiles. Does this sound like it will work or is there something more we should be doing with slate?

Should we be sealing the floor when it is done? How should we care for our slate? Heard Indian Slate is softer than other slates.

Thank you!

carpetman

04:07PM | 06/10/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
you will need to grout,with an unsanded grout.leave a fine line 1/16 between the tiles.after you thin set down the tiles seal them with 3 coates of sealer(buy the best one)then grout...about once a year(or as needed)apply another coat of sealer
p.s. sealing before you grout is critical.you might think about using a grout bag
p.p.s. sweeping / vacume / damp mopping

Graham Flooring

06:20PM | 06/17/03
Maybe I am over stepping my bounds here, but isn't it normal practice to seal the tiles before you put slate down?
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