Schluter Ditra was used as the underlayment. Ditra is an ideal underlayment for this installation because slate is a relatively fragile stone and any movement in the substrate at all will lead to larger problems than cracking grout.
Schluter Ditra is advantageous in that one of the key features is the “uncoupling” properties. What this simply means is that the Ditra will separate any movement in the substrate from the tile installed upon it.
The door in the center between the bathroom and laundry room is a pocket door. These create their own unique set of problems for any tile installation. They are not easily removed so if the door does not set high enough off of the substrate to allow for the underlayment and tile it must be cut in place without removing it.
The color variation in this particular slate gives it a very unique look and really focuses the look of the room. It definitely stands out as a very custom, very intended space.
When slate is grouted it is much easier to seal the stone before you grout. This makes for quicker, cleaner grouting and helps keep the natural look of the slate since there won’t be random grout spots all over the face of it. Slate, as well as any natural stone, should be sealed after installation. It helps tremendously with clean-up and maintenance as well as preserving the original look.
The photos of the floor after it is grouted may look a bit funny because the grout is not yet cured (dry) and the slate is still wet, although not consistently so. You may click on any of the images below for a full-size version. If you need slate installed in Fort Collins, or any part of Northern Colorado, just give us a call or fill out our contact form to the right.