Travertine flooring is widely popular and used both indoors and outdoors. Travertine tiles have a fascinating appearance with a yellowish-brown coloration, attractive grain and a pleasant feel. Travertine is offered in different finishes and it can add a modern, classic or rustic look and create a homely atmosphere. It is important to know that travertine is a natural rock formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves.
Many people mistake travertine with limestone or marble, but travertine is easily recognized by the holes within the stone caused by the evasion of carbon dioxide. Travertine is widely used all over the world for flooring, countertops, backsplashes and other surfaces.
Why choose travertine flooring – the pros
To begin with – one of the biggest advantages of travertine tiles is the wide array of colors which makes travertine flooring a unique feature which is worth the investment as it adds a great deal of value to the property.
The natural veining of the stone gives it a unique pattern. Travertine can be found in different shades, depending on the presence of iron – from ivory, to beige, to reddish brown, and even gold. The different finishes – polished, matte, brushed, or tumbled – give the stone a fascinating appearance. While polished travertine strongly resembles marble, the brushes and tumbled finishes give the stone a more antique look.
Although often compared with marble and porcelain, travertine is much easier to cut and shape. Replacing a travertine tile is much easier because the chances to find a tile that matches the existing floor are quite big.
Travertine flooring is environmentally friendly as it is a natural material, unlike porcelain, for example and travertine tiles do not go through a manufacturing process.
Why choose travertine flooring – the cons
Porosity is one of the main disadvantages of travertine. The stone naturally has many holes and the surface wears and tears with time. Travertine flooring requires some attention in terms of maintenance and you may need to fill the holes from time to time.
Travertine tiles and travertine flooring are highly reactive to acidic liquids. An accidental spill of lemon juice, vinegar or even orange juice will stain the floor and will lead to etching. A sealant can help to protect Travertine tiles but any liquids should be wiped as soon as possible and before soaking into the stone.
Travertine is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use
An excellent choice for the garden deck
Travertine tile flooring in a modern interior
Outdoor kitchen design with travertine tile flooring
A smooth transition between indoor and outdoor space
Stylish and elegant flooring