shutterstock_87806566Travertine is a very popular natural stone flooring option, which we’re seeing more and more requests for here at Floor Coverings International of White Bear Lake, MN. Travertine is a sedimentary rock that is formed from limestone in hot springs and geysers. It has been used as a building material going back to ancient Rome, and was a key material in such illustrious structures as the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, the Sacre Coeur Basilica, and more recently the Getty Center in Los Angeles. There are plenty of good reasons to want travertine tile flooring for your home, but first it is important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of travertine as a flooring material.

Pros of Travertine Tile Flooring

  • Travertine is a very durable flooring option. It only takes a quick review of some of the ancient places in which travertine was used to see that travertine will stand the test of time. Travertine has a Measure of Hardness (MOH) rating comparable to that of marble, so it is well suited to high traffic areas.
  • Travertine is able to withstand extreme fluctuations in temperature quite easily, so it is well suited to both indoor and outdoor uses. This is why you frequently see travertine used poolside.
  • Travertine is popular for its distinctive and natural beauty. The aged and weathered appearance of travertine makes it a gorgeous flooring choice for those pursuing a rustic look. The light color tones can match with plenty of aesthetic styles and bring a touch of old world culture to your home.
  • There is a wide range of versatility with travertine tile flooring. There are 4 main finishes for travertine: polished, honed, tumbled, and brushed. The most common type of travertine is the matte honed look, but if you want a more glossy modern look you can go for polished travertine, while if you really want to ramp up the rustic, you can go for the textured look of brushed or tumbled travertine. Beyond that, there are plenty of tile sizes to choose from, so you can go for large slabs or create detailed mosaics with tiny tiles.
  • Unpolished travertine has excellent traction, so you won’t have to worry about slipping and sliding around on your floors, but polished travertine can be slippery.

Cons of Travertine Tile Flooring

  • Travertine is a pricier floor covering option, so it will run you more money than a cheaper option such as carpet or vinyl. On the other hand, travertine will last longer and provide more resale value to your home.
  • Travertine can require more maintenance than a flooring option such as ceramic tile. It will need to be cleaned more frequently, and unpolished, unsealed travertine is very porous and prone to staining. This is especially true of acidic materials, so avoid lemon cleaners or juice spills. Travertine will also need to be periodically resealed to keep it resilient.
  • Travertine is very hard, but it can also be brittle and prone to chipping, as it is a type of limestone.

Whether or not you think travertine tile flooring is the right choice for your home, be sure to call Floor Coverings International of White Bear Lake for your next flooring project!

Photo: Rudy Umans