Below is a list of answers to questions we are regularly asked regarding our products. If you cannot find the information you're looking for please contact us.
Q: Is the top surface completely natural and does the pattern repeat?
A: The top surface is completely natural just like traditional stone and slate tiles. The pattern will repeat if it repeats in the block of slate the sheets are processed from.
Q: What is on the back of the slate to make this format possible?
A: On the back of the slate is a special mix of fibre glass / cotton and polyester resins which enable our product to be strong, thin, flexible and light weight.
Q: Is Slate veneer ok to use as flooring and wall covering?
A: Our Slate veneer sheets can be used for any internal wall application. For internal flooring it has a PE2 rating which means they are suitable for bathroom floors and general low to medium usage residential and commercial areas. They are not suitable for heavy usage floor areas.
Q: Can Slate veneer be used in a shower enclosure or wet room?
A: It can be used in wet rooms and shower enclosure, but it is important to tank the room before fixing the Slate veneer sheets to ensure the area is water proofed and use the recommended epoxy resin based adhesive.
Q: Is the Slate veneer fire retardant and can the material be used as a fire place or cladding around an AGA?
A: It is heat resistant up to 120 degrees and has reached fire protection rating Cfl-s1. It is also possible to make the veneer fire retardant to European standards Cd0s3 at an additional cost. It can be used near an AGA and as part of a fire place but not directly under an open log burning stove.
Using the material:
Q: How easy is Slate veneer to install?
A: Our slate veneer can be installed by any kind of contractor, joiner or decorator or a keen DIY enthusiast. It does not require any specialist masonry adhesive, tools or knowledge to work with Slate veneer.
Q: Does the material require sealing?
A: The top surface does require sealing just like traditional slate tiles. This depends on the application and different sealers will have varied effect on the colour of the sheets, please contact us for more info.
Q: What can I use to cut Slate Veneer?
A: A normal tile saw or wet blade on an angle grinder is sufficient for making cuts in the sheets for an installation.
Q: What adhesive should I use for Slate Veneer?
A: This depends on what type of surface you're fixing to. If your fixing to wood you can use a polymer wood adhesive such as Soudal Fix All. Slate Lite recommends Soudal Fix All wall and floor for most applications and we sell this adhesive.
Q: How do I joint the slate veneer sheets?
A: It is possible to both joint the sheets close together like wall paper and grout joints for a traditional tile effect. It does depend on the application for more information please contact us.
Q: Do you offer slate veneer in different sizes?
A: The standard sheet size is 1220 x 610mm and the jumbo sheet size is 240 x 120cm, if you require jumbo size sheets please contact us.
Q: How do you deliver the slate veneer sheets and how long will it take after placing my order?
A: We deliver the sheets by a normal courier service and we deliver up to 15 sheets nationwide at a standard rate. For orders over 15 sheets contact us for a delivery quotation. We send an image for approval before shipping. Once we receive your approval we usually dispatch within two working days and the couriers deliver within 2 – 3 working days of the package being dispatched.
Q: How do you deliver your samples and how long does it take after placing my order?
A: We deliver our samples by Royal Mail and we dispatch within 2 working days of receiving your order.
Q: Do you give any guarantees for the Slate Veneer?
A: The overall quality of your finished projects depends on how well the material is installed so we do not give a guarantee for supply only orders.