Travertine is a natural stone that has been used as a building material since the days of ancient Rome. Its neutral tones and weathered appearance are perfect for adding a classic, old-world feel to your Columbia home.
How does travertine stack up to other stone flooring options? Here are some travertine tile pros and cons from our experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia East:
Travertine Tile Flooring: Pros
- Travertine is a hard, durable stone that stands up well in high traffic areas like entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms. It can even be used outdoors for patios and pool areas since it easily withstands drastic temperature fluctuations.
- Classic travertine has a natural, earth-toned color and matte finish. While this type of travertine is most popular, travertine tiles are also available in a glossy polished finish or a more textured, rustic style. If you love travertine, it’s not difficult to find the right style for your home.
- If you want to avoid the slippery texture of polished tile, unpolished travertine provides excellent traction – no more accidental slipping and sliding on tile floors!
Travertine Tile Flooring: Cons
- As a natural stone, travertine is more expensive than other flooring options. In the tile category, it has a higher price tag than ceramic. But if you are looking for an overall more affordable type of flooring, carpet and vinyl are generally more affordable than tile and stone.
- Though travertine is tough, it can be brittle (due to its limestone content), making it susceptible to chipping.
- Travertine (like other types of natural stone) requires more maintenance over time than other tile options, like ceramic. Travertine is highly porous when unsealed and unpolished, making it prone to staining and etching. Regular cleaning and resealing can help your travertine maintain its look over many years, but you should always be careful to keep acidic substances and abrasive materials away from your floors.
Considering beautiful travertine tile for your home? Give us a call! Floor Coverings International Columbia East makes in-home visits throughout the Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood areas.
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