To understand the formation of Slate, we must first travel back in time a few billion years. As volcanic lava flowed over the ground, superheated clay deposits mixed with ash. This mixture eventually dried in layers, much like shale but noticeably harder. Slate can be split into slabs, and those slabs can be split once again into thin sheets.

Slate has been used for a number of applications over the years. One common use is as a natural form of roof shingle.

Natural stone has been valued throughout the century for its unparalleled sculptural and architectural qualities. We at ANSI take pride in bringing out the best in this remarkable building material. Our unique quarry relationships and finishing processes result in products that are harder, non-absorbent and more consistent in thickness, for unparalleled performance and ease of installation. Unlike low quality shale and schist products that are quarried near the surface, the products quarried by us are an ancient material, derived from deeper deposits formed hundreds of millions of years ago and thus ensure more uniform quality as a whole.

Contrary to popular belief slate is possibly one of the lowest maintenance floors. It is very easy to clean and maintain, has resistance against chipping, abrasion and cracking while offering long life at a very affordable price.