Slate Worktops

Slate is a very modern and popular choice for kitchen worktops. Better known for traditional roof tiles, slate is increasingly used inside the home and is now highly on-trend. It’s a beautiful material that has incredible colours, texture and patination and it’s a hardwearing, practical choice for kitchen areas.

At Chandler Stoneworks, we have a huge selection on offer when it comes to natural stone worktops for your kitchen, flooring or fireplaces – just take a look at our online gallery. Alternatively, visit our Arundel showroom and let us show you some samples of the most beautiful stone surfaces available.

What exactly is slate?

Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock that forms when shale undergoes metamorphosis over millions of years to form layers. In its polished or honed state, slate is an ideal material for worktops and fire hearths due to its durability and low liquid absorption levels.

What are the most popular slate colours?

Slate colours vary depending on the minerals contained in the shale from which it formed. Contrary to the popular belief that slate kitchen worktops are just black or grey, slate also comes in a variety of other beautiful hues. Commonly available colours are black, green, grey and even red and purple. With a unique matt finish, grey slate is bang on-trend.

Which finishes are available for slate worktops?

Slate has a non-absorbent surface that does not need sealing or polishing. This makes it possible to offer different finishes, the most popular ones being:

Honed – A subtle, smooth finished look achieved through a process of grinding and polishing the natural surface to leave a soft lustre.

Riven or Cleft – A rough texture displaying naturally formed textures on the surface of the stone, giving a rustic look.

Where does slate come from?

Slate can be found in many places all around the world. The main places renowned for slate are Spain, Brazil and the eastern coastal states of America. China and Australia also have vast slate reserves.

Europe also has many smaller slate-producing regions such as Wales, parts of France and northern Italy and Portugal. Slate is not a product made by man, so you can expect some differences in the type and quality of slate, depending on its origin.

Why choose a slate kitchen worktop?

Slate has been quarried for many hundreds of years, but it has reached new heights of popularity in the home in recent years. Here are some excellent reasons for choosing slate for your new kitchen worktops:

  • Non-porous – Slate is a naturally occurring non-porous stone. This makes it a great choice of material for surfaces where liquids may be spilt, including kitchen worktops.
  • Maintenance-free – Due to its naturally low porosity, slate worktops are easy to look after and will not stain easily. Slate worktops require next to no maintenance!
  • Heat-proof -Slate is a good insulator; it is heatproof and fireproof, meaning it will withstand hot pans on countertops with ease.
  • Hardwearing – If you are looking for longevity, slate is one of the most durable, hardwearing kitchen worktops surfaces you can choose.
  • Affordable – The cost of slate kitchen worktops compares favourably to other natural stone surfaces.

At Chandler Stoneworks, we have 15+ years of experience and a passion for supplying the best natural stone worktops to both private and commercial customers. We provide a highly personal service, have a fully equipped workshop and a skilled team of stonemasons who produce exquisite, top-quality kitchen worktops that have delighted our customers for decades. Call 01903 885941 or email us at sales@chandlerstoneworks.co.uk to find out how we can help with your next kitchen project.

How to look after your slate worktop

Slate is an attractive choice for a worktop. It’s a trending material, versatile and doesn’t harbour bacteria. Caring for your slate kitchen worktop couldn’t be easier – it is virtually maintenance-free!

  • Clean slate work surfaces with a mild detergent and a light sponge. Avoid using anything acidic such as lemon or vinegar, and some household cleaners containing acidic substances as these can discolour slate surfaces.
  • For general day-to-day dusting, it is recommended that you use a non-abrasive cloth to wipe down. Abrasive or steel wool-type cleaners may scratch the countertop.
  • Even though slate is a non-porous stone, it still benefits from periodic sealing. If water droplets stop appearing as beads, then it’s a sign that your slate worktop needs resealing.
  • Beware that slate can be prone to breaking because it is a brittle stone. Cracks caused by dropping heavy pots or pans onto their surface are almost impossible to repair.

 

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Lucy Harris
Lucy Harris
2024-03-26
We found Chandler Stoneworks on good old google, and what a find that was. If you want to work with a family-run business who take great pride in their product, service and reputation at a very fair price, you've come to the right place. The office staff were 'on it' with revised quotes as our spec changed and welcomed me when I came to view the raw slab. The skill of the templating and fitting was an absolute joy to watch. We couldn't be more delighted with our Caesarstone Bianco Drift quartz worktops!
paul dallain
paul dallain
2023-12-24
Absolutely delighted with the service we received at our visit to the showroom, the templating and the installation. Would definitely recommend
Gail Race
Gail Race
2023-09-28
Chandlers supplied and fitted a gorgeous marble worktop for my utility room. Professional and courteous at every stage from my first email enquiry, visit to choose the marble, templating and installation. I would definitely recommend, and would have no hesitation to work with again on my interiors projects.
Joanne Roe
Joanne Roe
2023-09-04
Absolute pleasure doing business with this company. Communication was brilliant and workmanship was outstanding. The guys that came to template and fit were really friendly and professional. Will definitely recommend. Thankyou Joanne Roe Hailsham
Clare Blatchford-hanna
Clare Blatchford-hanna
2023-08-30
We were delighted with the greeting and service on arrival at the showroom and found a great selection of high quality products. The experience and knowledge shared while choosing the surface was very useful. The team arrived on site to template the worktop spaces and did this very thoroughly. They took into consideration the age of the house and explained all the finishing details. The tops were promptly fitted the following week with the same care and attention. The team are friendly, very professional, take great pride in the work and did an incredible job. The new worktops look amazing and we are really happy. We would recommend Chandlers and will be using them again for our next upgrade project.
Clare Marler
Clare Marler
2023-08-01
Fantastic customer service from beginning to end. Really helpful staff in the office who advised without being pushy. Great communication throughout. The guys fitting the worktops were amazing and incredibly professional. The worktops themselves are fantastic. We couldn't be more pleased. Would absolutely recommend.
John Millam
John Millam
2023-07-27
A nice clear and layout yard .easy to view slabs. Nice staff very helpful too
Chris Brown
Chris Brown
2023-07-03
Wow, what an amazing customer experience end to end! Mikala and Stacey where brilliant from help choosing the right worktop, to super quick quotations and replies to mails. Also being really accommodating and flexible in re-arranging dates in line with some delays to our project. Luke and Oli where super professional, efficient and friendly for both the templating and installation. The attention detail and quality of workmanship was exceptional. We are over the moon with our new sparkly white quartz worktops and adds that layer of quality to our kitchen. Huge thank you again to the whole Chandler Stoneworks team 👍
Sam Greenfild
Sam Greenfild
2023-06-09
Amazing service from makala and Stacey at start to team installing my new granite window seals to my new garden room the level of detail is brilliant and would highly recommend this company I'm so pleased with ever aspect of this firm from start to finish many thanks Sam 😊
Lois Fearman
Lois Fearman
2023-05-31
What a fantastic service Chandler Stoneworks give you. From a huge choice of products and help in chosing one that's suitable, to the communication in the office and the templating and fitting service was first class. I now have a beautiful work surface in the kitchen which fits like a glove. A five star company all round.

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How much do slate worktops cost?

The cost of a slate worktop depends primarily on its size and thickness and the bespoke design of the worktop. Compared to other natural stones such as granite, it is a cost-effective alternative. Slate is very durable, which makes it a good long-term investment.

Is slate safe to use as a kitchen surface?

Slate has many qualities that make this natural stone an excellent choice for kitchen surfaces. As a fireproof material, it is ideal for high-intensity kitchen use, while its low heat transmission makes it safe for hot pans. Slate is non-porous and does not stain nor inhibit bacteria. It’s easy to wipe up spills and requires very little cleaning maintenance.

Are slate worktops difficult to maintain?

Not at all, in fact, slate kitchen worktops are among the easiest kitchen surfaces to look after. These high-quality kitchen surfaces can last a lifetime. Heat and scratch resistant, non-porous and hygienic, all that is required is a pH neutral cleaner for general cleaning and a daily dusting. You will be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful or convenient worktop!

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