We all know that slate is a chic choice for flooring. But it does have some downsides. It’s cold underfoot. If you drop something heavy on it, it’s likely to crack. And it’s expensive.
Fortunately, you can deal with all those problems – and still get the look of slate – by using vinyl instead!
We’ve tracked down seven of the best slate vinyl sheet flooring options available right now. And we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about them to make the perfect choice.
So if you’re ready, step this way to find out more!
The best slate vinyl sheet flooring options
1. Achim Home Furnishings Nexus Vinyl Tile, Dark Slate
This vinyl tile from Achim Home Furnishings is in a color they call “dark slate marble”. It’s a slightly confusing name, but don’t be put off! Here the classic slate look is given a lift with the addition of warm brown tones. That’s then paired with a high gloss finish, more akin to marble.
Each tile measures 12 inches on either side. That means each tile covers 1 square foot, making it easy to work out how many you’ll need. There are 20 in a pack.
Installation is very easy. Just peel off the protective covering, and press the self-adhesive side of the tile to the floor.
The tiles are 1.2 millimeters thick. That’s a reasonable depth for peel and stick flooring, but you’ll need your sub-floor to be in good shape. It’s not thick enough to disguise any lumps and bumps.
One issue to be aware of here, however, is that this product contains a substance called DEHP. This is a phthalate, and it’s been linked to a number of serious health conditions, including cancer.
Scientists don’t yet agree on how much DEHP in the environment will cause a problem to human health. But if you’re concerned about chemicals in your home, sadly these tiles won’t be the right choice.
- Smart slate look with high gloss finish
- Self-adhesive for easy installation
- Comes with a 5-year limited warranty
- Any imperfections in your sub-floor will show through to the surface
- Contains the phthalate DEHP, which has been linked to serious health conditions.
2. Achim Home Furnishings Nexus Vinyl Tile, Light Slate
The second offering from Achim Home Furnishings to make our list, this is another from the Nexus range of vinyl tiles. Here the color is “light slate marble”. It’s a creamier tone than classic slate, but has the same graduated pattern. If you’re looking for a paler floor to reflect more light, it’s ideal.
In other respects, it’s the same as the “dark slate marble” option. It measures 12 inches by 12 inches, with a pack containing 20 tiles and covering 20 square feet. And the tiles come with a 5-year limited warranty for peace of mind.
There’s the same self-adhesive design for easy installation too. The glue creates a good bond on most surfaces. And the light weight of the tiles means they’ll hold fast, even to vertical surfaces. That makes them easy to use as a splashback or for stair risers.
They’re 1.2 millimeters deep – so you’ll need to prepare your sub-floor fully for a smooth finish. Any imperfections below the surface will show straight through.
Unfortunately, these tiles also contain DEHP. So if you’re worried about the effect of phthalates on the air quality in your home, they won’t be for you.
- The slate pattern combines with creamier tones for a floor that will reflect more light
- Each tile covers 1 square foot, so it’s easy to work out how many you’ll need
- 5-year-limited warranty for peace of mind
- You’ll need a clean, smooth sub-floor to get a perfect finish
- Contains DEHP, which has been linked to serious health problems.
3. ROSEROSA PVC Tiles, Stone
For a subtle slate-like look, ROSEROSA’s mid-gray tiles are just the ticket. They have a subtle mottled effect that will look great in either a contemporary or classic interior scheme.
Each tile measures a generous 15.74 inches on either side. Their large size gives the impression of space and luxury. And it also means you’ll cover a larger area with less work! There are four tiles in each pack, giving total coverage of 6.86 square feet.
Installation is very simple. The tiles come ready-coated in adhesive, so it’s just a matter of peeling off the backing paper and putting them in position. But note that if it’s cold, the glue will be less effective. Avoid installing them in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
They’re thicker than the tiles from Achim Home Furnishings, with a depth of 2 millimeters. That means they’ll be slightly more forgiving of minor imperfections in your sub-floor. You’ll still want to get it as close to perfectly smooth and level as possible, however, for a good finish.
And you’ll need to give them time to acclimate before laying them. Place them in the room where they’ll be used for between 24 and 48 hours before you start work. That will prevent them shrinking after they’ve been laid.
- The 2-millimeter depth is thicker than many other glue-down products
- Large tile size for easier installation and a luxurious look
- Easy to keep clean with just a damp mop
- The glue will be less effective if the tiles are installed in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit
- They need between 24 and 48 hours to acclimate before installation.
4. Lucida USA TerraCore Vinyl Tiles, Gauged Slate (Our Top Pick)
Lucida’s TerraCore range of vinyl tiles are known for their robust construction. And they’re available in a gorgeous “gauged slate” design that’s perfect for those wanting to replicate a slate floor. They even have a smooth texture to make them look and feel more like the real thing.
The tiles here are rectangular, twice as long as they are wide. They measure 24 inches by 12 inches, so each one will cover an area of 2 square feet. A box contains eight tiles.
These click together, rather than being glued in place. Installation is easy. And they come with IXPE underlayment pre-attached, reducing noise and improving insulation.
Once in place, they’re fully waterproof.
And they’re much thicker than glue-down flooring. The 7-millimeter depth includes a 22-mil wear layer, four layers of UV, plus a layer of urethane and ceramic bead. All that makes them pretty hard-wearing. They’re guaranteed for 25 years’ use in a domestic setting, and 10 years in a commercial one.
The extra thickness also means they’re a good choice if your sub-floor isn’t perfectly smooth. The tiles will still lock together over smaller lumps and bumps. And the solid core means minor flaws won’t be visible once they’re in place.
The main downside is the price – these tiles are considerably more expensive than thinner glue-down flooring. But this is a more robust product. In the medium term, it may offer better value for money.
- Hard-wearing, with a 25-year warranty for domestic use
- Easy to install, with click-and-lock edges
- The 7-millimeter depth and solid core will cover up minor imperfections in your sub-floor
- Expensive – but this is a robust product that will last for years.
5. Home Dynamix Vinyl Floor Tiles, Gray
These tiles from Home Dynamix mix a slate color and texture with a mosaic pattern. They’re a great choice if you’re looking for something a little different.
Each tile covers 1 square foot, measuring 12 inches on each side. There are twenty tiles in each pack.
The backs are self-adhesive, so installation couldn’t be simpler. But make sure you do your preparation. These are very thin – just 1.2 millimeters – so any dips and bumps in the sub-floor will show through the surface.
Nevertheless, they’re surprisingly resilient to everyday wear and tear, even in high traffic areas. And their slender structure means they’re lightweight. That’s good if you want to install them on any vertical surfaces.
One thing to watch out for is that the colors can vary between batches. Measure your floor carefully to ensure you order all the tiles you’ll need in one go. If you have to buy more later, you may see a difference.
These are very modestly priced – you’ll pay a third of the cost of Lucida’s TerraCore tiles per square foot. There’s no warranty, but for this money, it’s not a disaster if you have to replace them after a few years.
If you’re looking to give your room a quick, easy and inexpensive makeover, they’re well worth considering.
- Self-adhesive for easy installation
- Lightweight, so they’ll stay put on vertical surfaces
- Very good value for money
- They’re very thin – your sub-floor will need to be in top-notch condition
- Watch out for variations in color between batches.
6. Mintcraft Vinyl Floor Tiles, Blue Slate and Gold
Mintcraft’s vinyl floor tiles combine a classic blue slate pattern with gold borders. They’re perfect if you like a little bling with your slate!
Each tile measures 12 inches by 12 inches, and you’ll get 45 of them in a pack. That means one pack will cover an area of up to 45 square feet. Make sure you take into account the extra you’ll need for wastage.
They’re 1.2 millimeters thick, with self-adhesive backs that make laying them a breeze. But as always with thinner glue-down flooring, you’ll need to spend time on preparation to get the best results. Fill any cracks and sand down any lumps in the sub-floor, or they’ll spoil your finish.
And depending on the material of your sub-floor, you may also find you need extra adhesive. It’s a good idea to have a tube on hand when you start work.
The no-wax finish means you won’t have to worry about slipping on your new floor. And keeping it clean is easy – just vacuum or sweep up dirt regularly. A quick mop with warm soapy water is all you’ll need for a deeper clean.
- Self-adhesive backs make installation simple
- No-wax finish
- Easy to keep clean – just vacuum or sweep regularly, and mop with soapy water as needed.
- Very thin, so won’t be suitable if your sub-floor isn’t absolutely smooth
- Depending on the material of your sub-floor, you may find you need extra glue.
7. Fabulous Décor Vinyl Floor Tiles, Gray Granite
The final option on our list, these tiles from Fabulous Décor are a smart mid-gray. The manufacturers call the design “granite” but we think it’s far closer to a lighter slate.
Each tile measures a shade under a foot on each side – 11.8 inches to be exact. They come in boxes of 10 tiles.
They’re made of premium vinyl and are resistant to both water and heat. They’re easy to clean too. Just wipe them over with a damp sponge or mop.
This is another tile which has a self-adhesive back for easy installation. And the glue is specially formulated so that it’s easy to remove the tiles when you’re ready to do so. You shouldn’t find that they leave behind lots of sticky residue either.
These are a little thicker and heavier than some glue-down tiles, with a depth of about 3 millimeters. They’re still easy enough to cut though – a utility knife will do the job well.
As always, spending time on preparing your sub-floor will bear dividends when it comes to installation. And it’s a good idea to have some extra adhesive on hand if you’re using these on vertical surfaces.
- Made of premium vinyl
- Self-adhesive backs for easy installation
- The glue is specially formulated to be easy to remove when the time comes for a change
- You’ll need to make sure your sub-floor is smooth and dry before installation
- You may need extra adhesive if you’re applying these to any vertical surfaces.
Time to choose your slate vinyl flooring!
That brings us to the end of our look at ten of the best slate vinyl sheet flooring options out there. We hope it’s inspired you. Perhaps you’ve even found the perfect flooring for your home!
Whichever option is right for your home, vinyl offers a practical and cost-effective way to get the appearance of slate. Good luck in your search, and we hope you’re soon enjoying a beautiful new floor!