Travertine flooring is a natural stone flooring option that comes in various tile sizes and finishes. It has been used in a variety of uses, particularly as a building material. Some famous works include the Colloseum and The Trevi Fountain, both in Rome. While the main quarries are in Italy, there are others around the world. The largest formation of travertine in the United States is in Yellowstone National Park.
Classified as a limestone, it is also sometimes called travertine marble. Regardless of name, it is known as a reliable and beautiful material. Read on for the complete list on what you should consider with this flooring material.
Let’s start with the good.
Given that the Trevi fountain has been around for 300 years, and the Colloseum even longer, is just further proof of the longevity of this project. While travertine is not as old as marbled stone, it will be sure to hold up in even the busiest of households.
- Temperature Extremes
Travertine has been known to withstand even the harshest of temperature extremes which makes it a great contender given the climate we have here in Flagstaff. Like other tiles, it will be relatively cool to the touch making it excellent in those warm days.
- Easy Clean-Up
Like other tile products, travertine does well in terms of clean up. This will be important as it is porous, but more on that later.
- Adds Drama
No, not in the maintenance department, but more on the design side of things. Travertine is a classic option that is often associated with its nuances in terms of color. It comes in shades of white, beige, gray, and even more rustic options like brown, orange, with hints of green.
You should also be aware of some of the not so good.
This really only applies with the polished versions, as travertine is known to be quite anti-slip in it’s natural format. The honed finishes will be matte and are better choices in a bathroom where there are more opportunities to slip due to water.
- Porous & Sensitive
As mentioned earlier, travertine can be sensitive in terms of cleaning solutions. You will have to take care not to use or let acidic products set into the tile as it could cause staining. In addition, it is naturally quite porous, although they are often filled at the factory. Sealing can help to combat against this.
Even though there are both good and bad to consider, travertine can generally be thought of as quite beautifying – no ugly elements to it. You should take these into accounts to decide on a flooring option that is best for you, your family, and your home. To see, and more importantly feel, these products, let us come to you to make the whole process a breeze by scheduling your free, in-home estimate today!
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