Standalone stoves not only keep your interiors warm and cosy but can add a touch of old-world charm and elegance too. With spectacular designs in both traditional and contemporary styles, they definitely increase the value of your property.
To get the most out of your lovely stove, be sure to invest in the most suitable hearth. There are many options, with slate and granite being two of the most popular choices. Let’s compare the two to help you choose the one that best suits your taste and requirements.
Resistance to Heat
Both slate and granite are strong enough to absorb the extreme heat that a stove produces although granite is more resistant to this. They don’t crack easily and are not readily affected by glowing embers or flying ash. Granite hearths are more resistant and can withstand the intense heat of a crackling wood or coal fire.
Both slate and granite are strong and durable stones.
Slate is a metamorphic rock derived from a shale-like sedimentary rock, which makes it softer than granite.
Granite, on the other hand, is an igneous rock derived from the solidification of magma below the earth’s surface.which gives it unbelievable strength and durability. It is an extremely hard and tough stone with high density and compressive strength. Granite hearths are significantly less impervious to scratches, scuffs, chipping or cracking.
Resistance to Staining
Slate is a virtually non-porous stone. This means your slate hearth is almost stain-proof and retains its beauty for decades. With slate hearths, you won’t have to seal or reseal the surface to protect it from staining. All hearths are sold unsealed.
Granite, on the other hand, whilst relatively non-porous, absorbs stains and spills more easily.. You may wish to treat your granite hearths with a sealant during installation so as to protect the surface from staining.
Maintenance is often a big factor when choosing a hearth for your fireplace. Both slate and granite require a little maintenance.. As slate can scratch easily, it is advisable to clean your slate hearth every day. This is to ensure there is no debris or dirt particles left that can scratch the surface.
Granite stains more easily, however, when treated with a sealant, that problem is solved to a great extent. Just mop off any accidental spills immediately before it soaks through.
Both granite (smooth matte or polished finishes) and slate (smooth or riven finishes), offer something for everyone and offer a natural but impressive choice for your stove to sit on.
Being an igneous rock, granite is composed of different minerals like feldspar, mica and quartz; lending their own unique colour and texture.
Slate is a metamorphic rock formed from high-pressure solidification of shale or mud deposits.