Benefits of Travertine Tile

You would be hard pressed to walk into just about any high end model home in the country without seeing some travertine tile. It is very popular stone to use in flooring, bathrooms, kitchen and even fireplace mantels. People love the natural beauty, authentic look and durability. You might be thinking about using this natural stone in a home you are planning on building or a potential remodel in your existing home. Here are some pros and cons of using travertine.

Benefits of Travertine

There is a reason that this stone is so popular and it isn’t because it is ugly. The primary benefit of this stone is its natural beauty.

Designers love using travertine because there are so many variations of the stone including colors and finishes. You will not have trouble finding a color that matches your existing decor. You can go for the softer look with lighter colors or a more rustic, authentic, old world feel with some reds. Finishes include polished, brushed, matte or tumbled. Which finish you should use depends on where you plan to use the stone.

Another great feature is that no two tiles or stones are the same. This saves some headache in the event you need to replace some tiles. Have you ever had to replace some tiles where you needed to match them up?  What a pain in the neck. You don’t need to worry about that when using travertine as it is impossible to do.

Builders and tile installer like working with this stone because it is easy to manipulate and to fit into tight areas where other tiles can not go.

Drawbacks of Travertine

This is a porous stone so you don’t want liquids to sit on it for a long period of time. This can stain the travertine. This is really no big deal if you are diligent about clean ups. If you are a slob who does not clean up a spill quickly then this stone may not be for you.

This stone does not mesh well with acid. Acid can stain travertine so you may not want to put it in places where there is the likelihood of it meeting juice, soda or some other type of acid. If it happens clean it up swiftly. If your tile is sealed there is less of a chance of a problem.?? If you have a travertine bathroom be careful not to clean it with any cleaners containing acid.

Travertine is not cheap. If cost is a huge factor then you might install a less expensive tile. Since most of this stone is brought it in from other countries it can be expensive. This tile is durable and can last for decades. Never having to install another tile might be worth the extra money it costs you.

The benefits outweigh the drawbacks for many. That is why travertine tiles are becoming so popular. It looks great and works very well in a home, apartment, double wide mobile home, office or business. If it is good enough for the Roman Coliseum then it should be good enough for your abode.

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