Please could you just outline the main differences between the calibrated, brushed, honed and natural finishes of your black slate.
Asked by... Kirsty May from Knaresborough

The Question

Please could you just outline the main differences between the calibrated, brushed, honed and natural finishes of your black slate.

I am looking at tiling floors and walls of a bathroom / wet room.

Thanks
 

The Answer

Hello Kirsty

Thanks very much for your interest in our Brazilian slate. The main differences between the four choices you mention are the thickness and the finish.

You may notice that our Brazilian 'Natural' riven slate has the thickness measurement of 10mm (+/-2mm) so can be between 8-12mm thick. The calibrated riven slate however has a thickness measurement of 10mm. Natural riven slate has the same texture on both the surface as well as the underneath of the tile which is why this range has the variance in thickness, the calibrated option however has been machined on the underside of the tile to ensure that it has an even thickness. The benefit of buying a natural riven slate is that you have double the amount of floor space to choose from, as you can pick either side of the tile to be the visible surface whereas the calibrated range has only got one usable surface...But will be great for engineered floors where thickness is a consideration.

The 'honed' and 'brushed' option denotes a surface finish. Brushed tiles are 1 step away from the calibrated riven, in so far as they have an even thickness and riven texture but this texture has been lightly machined to simulate wear. The honed finish is one step further on from the brushed in so far as the riven texture is completely machined away leaving a smooth, flat surface. both the brushed and honed finishes will be calibrated (machined) on the underside to ensure an even 10mm thickness.

You can find out further information about each of these options by watching our informational videos for the natural riven, calibrated, brushed or honed finishes on our website.

- Monday 2nd May 2016
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