the elemental, durable stone

clé tile large field slate stone tile 12x24 on the wall

organic and textural

split along the natural grain to yield a cleft texture, our slate tile will age in place beautifully. initially, bits of loose shale will wear away, leaving a durable, naturally slip-resistant and tactile matte surface that catches light differently from tile to tile. organic yet geometric, our planks parlay beautifully into patterns of herringbone, chevron and long staggered runs. the larger formatted squares and rectangles bring quiet drama to small and large spaces, on their own or combined into elegant ashlar patterns. slate’s natural variations of shade and texture turn even standard subway tiles into something uniquely, timelessly beautiful.

clé tile stone slate tiles moodboard black grey shadow flower
kitchen with clé tile slate stone tiles mondrian pattern on the floor and weathered white 4x4 zellige glazed terracotta on the backsplash

why we love slate

elemental, tactile and endlessly variable, slate is the product of the geologic forces that build mountains. as the tectonic plates buckle and fold, heat and pressure beneath the earth’s crust turn mineral clay and volcanic dust into solid stone, capturing life that will eventually become fossil imprints. for us, stone–any stone–is a product to be honored for what it is: a stunning substance that has emerged from the earth–and one that will elevate every project, every space.

design: murphy deesign / photo: zeke ruelas

a timeless tile, 500 million years in the making

the mineral clay and volcanic dust that become slate creates broad, strong, layered sheets that allow it to be cut in a range of shapes and thicknesses. because it’s not very porous, it sheds water and resists damage from freezing, and has a naturally slip-resistant texture. its long history has made it a traditional material for cladding roofs, sidewalks and gardens where its soft blue-grey shades are a welcoming balance to forest greens, fall foliage and the browns of bark and earth. these qualities make slate tile a fantastic choice indoors, as well as in bathrooms, kitchens, entryways and mudrooms, on walls and floors, counters and hearths.

kitchen with clé tile mondrian pattern with slate large field tile 12x24 and various sizes on the floor

design: milk shake los angeles / photo: virtually here studios

perfect grout to match

product specifications

technical specifications

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freeze thaw rated

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radiant heating compatible

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uv resistant

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heat resistant

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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exterior floor

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interior floor

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heavy residential

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light commercial

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower

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steam shower

* see installation and maintenance guide for specific requirements

description
rating
surface type
unglazed

finish type
gauged

level 3: medium

level 3: medium

level 1: slight



dimensions
12" x 24" x 3 / 8 "
water absorption
avg. 0.49%; impervious

dcof
DCOF testing is typically not performed on slate as the clefts on the tile surface provide a natural slip resistance

Pieces per sqft
0.50 pcs/sqft

Pieces per box
5 pcs/box


grout

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout and a 1/8" grout joint with this collection. grout color selection is always up to our client and/or their design professional. however, clé is often asked for our opinion on best grout selections for our tiles. and due to the large array of grout colors that are now available, clé would like to offer this general guideline on a foolproof grout color selection for any of your clé tiles.

  • first, have your professional tile contractor complete your tile installation, except for the grout portion.
  • next, when ready to grout, ask your contractor to bring ALL grout color charts from his preferred grout manufacturers, for your review.
  • lastly, choose a time of day when you are most pleased with the lighting in your space (either natural lighting, installed lighting or a blend of both). during that lighting and time of day, select the grout color that best matches your tile selection.

note that the full mapei flexcolor cq color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from.

visit the mapei website to view for more information about grouting please see our slate installation & maintenance guide.

any tips for installing the slate modernist mosaic?

we recommend a grout joint size of 1/8" with our clé basics slate. however, given that our modernist mosaic contains a mix of sizes, you may need to vary the grout joint slightly as you go in order to accommodate for size variation between pieces and also to have the pieces fit smoothly in the overall pattern footprint.

collection dimensions

rectangle field tile - 12"x24"x3/8"

subway - 3"x6"x"3/8"

square - 12”x12”x3/8”

square - 16"x16"x3/8"

square field tile - 24”x24”x3/8”

plank - 6"x24"x3/8"

plank - 4"x12"x3/8"

disclaimer: please note length and width dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/8", and thickness can vary by +/- 1/4" as a result of the natural unfinished surface inherent to slate.

installation and maintenance guide

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal slate tiles?

exterior walls require vertical weather flashing and waterproof, penetrating sealant.
exterior floor installations must be installed above grade with application of a waterproof, penetrating sealant.
we recommended sealing the grout lines and tile surface in all applications of slate (dry and wet) as the final step of installation.

for more information about sealing please see our slate installation & maintenance guides.

do you offer trim for your slate tile?

at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.

- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the tiles to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- a visible stone tile edge can be sanded to make the side match the main surface of the tile.
- like with any of our tiles, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the tile.

how do i take care of my slate tiles?

slate is chemically sensitive so only mild pH neutral cleaners should be used. as with any stone product, clé discourages the use of any surface cleansers or scrubbing pads. cleaning stone requires only mild soap, water and soft cloths. soapless cleaners are preferred because they minimize streaks and film.

mild, phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dishwashing soaps or powders or stone soaps are acceptable if rinsing is thorough. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products. miracle tile & stone cleaner is effective as an ongoing maintenance cleaner and is gentle for everyday use. grout lines can be cleaned with warm water and a nonmetal bristled cleaning brush.

over time, a natural patina will occur on floors as they are maintained and naturally wear. topical sealants will require periodic stripping and resealing—please refer to a professional for this. single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required once a year in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.

see slate installation & maintenance guide for more information.

what kind of finish should i expect with this collection?

our clé slate collection is gauged, meaning the backsides of the tiles have been ground down to give a consistent thickness, while the front sides have been left with their natural finish. you will find a textured surface rich with the color and shade variation that results from the natural layering making up slate. the clefts on the tile surface provide a natural slip resistance.

there may be darker sections that look as if a portion of a layer was removed — it is not a defect but a natural response to wear and tear called shaling. this is the process of the slate’s cleft surface to slough off during the first several months of floor (and sometimes, wall) use. this will not happen with every tile, just the tiles that have a section of loosened cleft surface, and it will only expose more slate stone underneath. it will finish once any loose portion of the slate’s cleft has come off.

what types and levels of variation and imperfections should i expect?

with the clé basic slate collection you will find a textured surface rich with color and shade variation that come from the natural layering that makes up slate. color variation and inconsistency are absolutely normal for a natural product like slate.

due to the color and shade variations, it is very important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing. do not install without blending tiles from all boxes.

variation and imperfection ratings:

slate tiles are rated 'level 3 medium' for color and texture variation, and 'level 1 light' for size variation.

see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation and imperfections guide.

how will my slate samples compare to my actual order?

as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, color and size variation between batches of slate tiles, in addition to variation from tile to tile, is to be expected given that slate is a natural stone and production batches are pulled from a quarry, at different times and from different areas. this makes it unlikely that your sample will be a perfect match with your actual order.

why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?

industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.

for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.

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