Travertine is a type of limestone which has been a popular building material for thousands of years…
This is due to it being a strong dense stone and its universal appeal. Also, you can find out more about travertine stone here.
However, you may be thinking – is travertine stone the right choice for my floor tiles? If so, read our guide below highlighting the pros and cons of travertine for floors:
The Advantages of travertine floor tiles:
Travertine is a strong stone
Just like the Colosseum in Rome (made from travertine stone in 70AD), your tiles will last the test of time.
In contrast, other floor tiles such as porcelain tiles, travertine tiles are built naturally strong. They will not chip or break easily. Therefore, your travertine floor tiles and pavers can take a beating whilst still retaining their quality.
If you choose to have travertine outdoors, they will withstand the elements. This includes rain, snow, extreme heat and moisture.
Travertine tiles have a timeless, stylish appeal
Travertine is one of the oldest building stones used in the world. As a result, travertine stone elicits a classic prestigious energy.
Also, it has an understated elegance that enhances a space with its warm subdued natural textures. So, each tile shows off a natural piece of art. So your floor has a unique natural character.
Travertine textures are naturally subdued
These soft natural textures enhance the space without overwhelming it. As a result, this allows for easy transitional styling. Therefore, making it easy to incorporate most furniture styles including modern and traditional furnishings.
These tiles and pavers are easy to replace
If you ever need to replace or match travertine, it is so easy! Travertine has many variations so you can almost match the stone exactly without anyone being able to pick the difference.
Travertine has a natural non slip surface
Therefore, it is a smart safe option for laying around typically slippery areas. This includes outdoor areas such as pool tiling, pool coping, garden paths, stepping stones and ponds. Also, these stone tiles are great indoors for bathroom tiles, kitchen tiling and more.
Choosing travertine tiles is great for the environment
As opposed to porcelain, marble and other floor tiles, travertine tiles are very environmentally friendly. This is because they do not have to undergo through much manufacturing. Also, travertine is distributed naturally from hot springs which makes it a perfect sustainable tiling option.
Travertine stone is an easy way to add value to your home
Travertine is a highly sought after stone for indoor tiling, outdoor paving, stone wall features and more. It is universally recognised and well known as a high quality natural stone. Also, like most natural stone, it trumps man made cheap imitations which lack the lustre and premium quality of natural stone.
So, if you’re thinking of selling your property, you can use travertine as a desirable selling point.
The Disdvantages of travertine floor tiles:
Travertine (like all natural stone tiles) is porous unless you use a tile sealer
So, this means that if you spill a liquid on top, they will absorb it into the tiles. The best way to ensure that your travertine tiles stay in pristine condition is to use a tile sealer. Tile sealers are easy to use. A lot of the time most tilers will do it for you.
We recommend applying two coats on your freshly laid tiles. Afterwards, you can relax knowing that your travertine tiles are protected. Some renovators choose to reapply tile sealer every couple of years. However, this is completely up to you.
Do not use acidic cleaning chemicals
Instead, we recommend using a mild detergent mixed with water. Although, if your travertine is outside, you can use a pressure washer and your travertine tiles and pavers will look as good as new.
Just remember not to use harsh abrasive chemicals to protect the stone.
Travertine stone tiles are typically heavier
Therefore, they require more effort to lay then lighter materials. However, if you’re hiring a tiler they will likely have experience handling the stone.
Have any questions about travertine tiles?
Give our friendly Stone Experts a call: (03) 9706 9767