What is it?
Travertine is a type of sedimentary rock, meaning it’s formed within mineral and sediment deposits. The sediments that form travertine, in particular, are found at the base of geo-thermal hot springs or limestone caves. Throughout history travertine has been a popular building material. The Romans used travertine to build temples, monuments, and bath complexes and even today The Getty Center, a museum in Los Angeles, is made of almost entirely travertine squares imported from Italy. Not only used as the foundation of buildings, travertine is often used to finish the interior of buildings and homes, and you can frequently spot travertine tile floors, backsplashes, and countertops.
Travertine Tile Pros
A benefit of travertine tile is its color variation. You can find it in white, beige, red, brown, or even gold tones depending on the level of iron it contains. Travertine is a natural stone and therefore contains variations in color and pattern depending on the environment where it formed, ensuring a unique appearance.
Compared to other stone tiles, travertine is also easy to cut and shape, making it much more workable than porcelain or marble tile. This is helpful because it’s easy to replace and repair.
Travertine Tile Cons
This stone is relatively porous, making it susceptible to liquids, and particularly acidic substances, like the juice from a lime or lemon. Exposure to moisture can cause tile discoloration, so if a spill does occur homeowners should clean it up right away to prevent staining.
Travertine is a limited natural resource and can be challenging to source and process, making it more expensive than other tile options like vinyl. However, homeowners can rest easy knowing they’re buying a natural building product as opposed to a man-made one that contributes to greater waste.
Here at Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley we would love to help you choose the ideal tile for your backsplash, countertop, or floor. Although travertine is a timeless option, we have a wide range of materials and styles to choose from. We proudly serve the greater Boise, Meridian, Nampa areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!
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