Travertine tile has been a popular building material for centuries. Just look to the Trevi Fountain in Rome and you’ll see the beauty and durability of this lovely, light-colored stone. Most commonly sourced from Italy and Turkey, this natural material is used throughout The Colony homes for flooring, countertops, backsplashes, and more.
What is Travertine Tile?
Travertine is a sedimentary rock that is formed when minerals are dissolved in ground water, and then are moved above ground by natural springs. The stone is sourced from quarries in large blocks and then cut to size for transportation and installation.
The bulk of the travertine that is used for building applications is found in Italy and Turkey, although you can find travertine throughout the world, including in South America and the Middle East. You can even see natural travertine formations right here in the United Sates. The famous Travertine Terraces at Yellowstone National Park are a great example of travertine forming in nature.
Pros and Cons of Travertine Tile
There are a number of pros and cons to consider before installing travertine tile. It’s a very versatile stone that is available in different finishes, including polished, matte, brushed or tumbled. Polished travertine resembles marble, while the other finishes give travertine a more rustic, antique look.
Travertine is easy to cut and shape, making it an ideal stone to work with. You can fit travertine in any oddly shaped room quite easily. Travertine tiles are also easy to match, and if you ever need to replace a tile, it should be simple to find matching materials. We do recommend you have extra tiles on hand for this purpose, however.
There are some drawbacks to consider when selecting travertine tile. Like many stone materials, it is porous and needs to be sealed to protect the tiles from stains and scratches. It is highly reactive to acidic substances, and any spills on the surface should be cleaned up right away to prevent permanent damage.
Although travertine can be polished, it’s very difficult to keep a shine to the stone. Homeowners that want to embrace the rustic look of travertine in its natural state will likely be more satisfied in the long run. Finally, as any natural stone material, travertine tile can be quite costly. If budget is a concern, consider a travertine-look porcelain tile instead. For many homeowners, however, the benefits of having the real thing outweighs the hefty price tag.
If you are interested in adding travertine or other natural stone flooring to your home, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Plano. We provide free in-home design consultations in the Plano, Allen, Lucas, Parker area to help you find the perfect tile for your home.
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