Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 9
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JShi Love it!
We installed a back splash with the tile and love it!! It was the first time we had installed tile ourselves and we didn't have any problems.
February 21, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ryan Beautiful Slate tiles, not for all applicatons.
These tiles look great, with a wide variety of colors, with some really nice greens and golds in addition to the more usual red/blue/gray slate colors.
Two main drawbacks:
1. While my cheap wet saw may have been at fault, these are hard to cut cleanly. The vibrations of the cutting tended to cause the slate to de-laminate and split into rough fragments. Even for simple cuts in half, I probably had to throw away as many tiles as I successfully cut. If your application requires a lot of cutting for any reason, be warned.
2. There was a relatively high rate of uneven, pitted, and otherwise unacceptable tiles. Probably as much as 20% if you count the tiles with rounded corners. For my application (tiling the exterior of a dome-style pizza oven) I needed a lot of partial tiles, and so I managed to use almost all of the flawed ones by cutting off the bad part and using the remainder somewhere that needed a half-tile or less. But for more normal applications, plan on buying extra.
Also, as with many slates, there was a lot of variation in the thickness of the tiles. If you're doing a backsplash or similar and you don't mind a slightly rustic look, these are great, but I wouldn't envy you trying to make these into a smooth floor.
So far the tiles seem durable even in the outdoor setting; I installed them in August, and I've seen no damage despite a couple of snows.
December 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Roni Love the look
My Fiancé installed this in our kitchen on a wall. I think it's beautiful. Rustic sort of.
June 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jaytt Great tiles
I used these to replace the old pinkish shiny tiles that were on the fireplace, these came with the house when I bought them. These multicolored slate tiles look awesome around the fireplace. The picture they have above does not do them justice. If you go look into the more views and see the ones with the different colors that will give you a better view of how they really look. After doing the fireplace, and loving it so much, I went around the house looking for other places i could put these tiles. Maybe the bigger ones in the bathroom floors. I love the look, they have changed the way the whole living room looks.
April 3, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Handy Beautiful tiles!
Tiles are beautiful and excellent value for price. The only drawback is they are fragile and some tiles may split or separate. That is expected with slate though and thickness varies but can be adjusted for during installation.
February 3, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Slateman Beautiful... But order A LOT
Did a 30 sq foot kitchen backsplash with these and it came out gorgeous. But, there were A LOT of problems with the slate.
We knew slate could be finicky so we ordered 45 sq feet, 50% more than what we measured for. We almost didn't have enough to finish because of the condition of the tiles.
First off, they came in damp deteriorating boxes that stank of mold and mildew. Some of the tiles have a greenish tint, but we weren't sure what was color and what might be mold. So we had to wash every tile with a bleach solution prior to installation.
Many of the tiles were chipped and already broken. We were doing a diagonal layout so we tried to salvage as much of the broken tiles as we could with the small piece cuts, but almost 12 sq feet were unusable out of 45.
Secondly, they say 4 inch, but they vary a lot. Some are 3.75, some are 4.25 , most aren't square, some are slanted, and depth varies. In other words forget the spacers, you have to set these by sight and juggle them around to keep any kind of lines going. Your grout lines will be odd sizes around each tile.
Thirdly, they are fragile. Some shatter in the saw, some when setting them in place with barely any pressure, some break just taking them out of the boxes.
It came out beautiful in the end, but it almost wasn't worth the headache. Installation took more than twice as long than it would have with normal backsplash products. Even the grout was tough, because wiping took forever with all the imperfections, nooks and crannies that it would be stuck in.
January 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by coldfeet Super nice looking with some quality flaws
I used this tile for a backsplash with tan brown granite counter tops and it looks awesome. Once sealed, it gets a bit dark in color, but very pretty. The tile varies from about 3 7/8" to 4 1/8". I installed it with 1/8" spacers and it was quite challenging. I was glad I bought a lot of extra tiles. If I did it again, I would space no less than 3/16" to have some wiggle room for the larger tiles.
The thickness varies quite a bit too. Some tiles almost 1/2" thick down to about a 1/4". I also had a few tiles split apart while applying pressure while grouting. Very frustrating. This only occured on tiles that had been cut. I did a diamond pattern, so I had a lot of cut tiles. Tiles cut like butter with a diamond blade wet saw. I was able to super glue the face of tile back on once grout was cleaned away.
Its a natural stone product so you have to expect some flaws. I woud install again because it is so nice looking.
June 13, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AnuR The tiles are good but not an exact 4x4
These tiles being natural stone vary in size and thickness. keep in mind when designing anything.
March 19, 2013