Travertine is a natural stone that has been used as flooring for thousands of years. Like marble, travertine is from the limestone family, however, travertine looks closer to limestone than the more ornate marble. Like marble, travertine is often veined with the different colors determined by the differing minerals that were laid down when the stone was formed. For example, the more iron in the stone, the darker the color of the stone.
Like limestone (and marble), travertine is a fairly soft stone, when compared to other stone. Don’t let that put you off – travertine is still tough enough to be used as a floor tile. Caution should be used when using travertine in wet areas such as bathrooms. Travertine is a very porous stone so it will absorb water, odors and stains. If you like the look of travertine, then be sure to use travertine floor tiles that have been sealed, and that you regularly reseal your tiles. Your maintenance routine should ensure a long life from your tiles. The golden rule with both travetine and marble is to clean up immediately – never let anything sit, especially anything acidic as this will etch into the tile.
What makes travertine tiles popular is the fact that they are easy to cut. This means they can be quickly cut to any shape delivering a perfect finish, especially when it comes to grout lines. Some tiles are difficult to cut so end up with rather wide grout lines in awkward places – this shouldn’t happen with travertine.
Whether travertine floor tiles are right for your project is up to you. However, the advice of a tile expert should never be ignored, more so if that advice comes from one of the experts at Éco Dépôt. We will ensure the advice offered is in your best interests, helping you achieve a finish that is suitable for the environment, suitable to your pocket, and, naturally, looks great.