Travertine is a natural stone also known as travertine limestone or travertine marble. However, it does not fall into the category of marble. Travertine is formed when minerals are dissolved in water as a natural process and rise to the ground with rivers and natural springs and are deposited in large formations. The large blocks are then cut into smaller pieces and used to make tiles. Travertine flooring is known for being a flooring material with various earth tone colors. Depending on the ratio of iron, it is available in tan, brown, rust and beige hues.
Travertine also comes in different finishes as well, including matte, polished, brushed and more. Polished travertine closely resembles marble flooring. This is attractive to homeowners who want a marble-looking floor but have a low budget. However, unlike synthetic tile, travertine flooring does consist of real stone, so obviously it is expensive.
Travertine Flooring Maintenance
Travertine may require some maintenance after a particular period. Even if you have to replace a tile or two of travertine, the chances of finding an almost same color of tile are high compared to, say porcelain for example. It ‘s hard to get a new porcelain tile close enough to the existing floor color.
The sourcing and manufacturing of travertine tiles are costly, but still, this is a popular choice for most interior designers because of the variety of color and beautiful textures. Besides, it is one of the oldest building materials in existence. It imparts the place with ancient ambiance, old looks, and creative environment.
Being a product of natural material these tiles are durable and long-lasting. This material has the potential to last even for decades and is eco-friendly. Though, the strength of these tiles is high just like any other stone tiles, yet, they can easily get damaged due to excessive use of water on them. These are the made up of natural rocks which have small pores in it. Water quickly penetrates through pores and damages the tiles. That’s why these tiles are not useful for washroom flooring. Moreover, the installation is an easy process. Being a softer stone, it is easy to cut. White cement is not a compulsion for its installation. A worker can easily cut it into required size and can install it with gray cement that is easily available in the market.
Travertine Flooring Finishes
Polished travertine is close enough to marble and is equally reflective and slippery when wet. Honed travertine is less polished and has a semi-matte look. For this reason, it is the most trendy looking and a favorite choice for interiors. Tumbled travertine has round corners and looks antique. Brushed travertine has the purest colors of all and can be tumbled or not. It is a matte look of travertine. Depending on the place and traffic on that area different finishes are used. For example, it is not advised to use polished travertine flooring in outdoors because of its slippery nature. If you have children or pets in the house, it is better to go for honed tiles.