Slate-ish is made from scrap paper-laminate material. This raw material is used to make lockers, partitions, and furniture, primarily for commercial use. We take the left-over pieces or mis-cuts, and cut and split it to make a tile product that looks like natural Slate - but at a fraction of the weight and very strong. We are able to divert this material from the landfill and give it new life! Here's how it works:
Raw material comes in:
This raw material comes to us in different sizes, thicknesses, and surface color. The surface color becomes the "back" of our tile, as we split each piece into several tiles.
During the splitting process, sometimes we get a full - length split, and sometimes the material will cleave off mid-way through. It kind of has a mind of it's own. We trim these ends, which is why the random length style works so well. It reduces waste, and gives a better random appearance for the tile once installed.
Our tile is shipped loose - and each tile is installed one at a time. This eliminates the visible pattern of pre-mounted panels, and gives a truly random pattern installation.
Installation is simple: use clear silicone adhesive, and stick to the wall. Tiles can be cut with standard woodworking tools or overlapped to eliminate cutting.
The result is a striking area that is simple to apply, and tells a great story.