Do you love the look and feel of ancient European cities, like Rome? With travertine tile, you can bring that feeling into your own Vadnais Heights home. Travertine tile has been around since the days of ancient Rome, and many of the structures that use it are still standing. Not only is travertine extremely durable, but it also has a uniquely beautiful aged and weathered appearance. If you’re considering installing travertine tile, here are a few things we at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake think you should know.
Travertine: Things to Consider
- Travertine tile is generally a warm, earth-toned beige color with a matte finish. Its weathered look is perfect for adding a touch of old world Europe to your home. However, depending on what look you are going for, you may prefer travertine with a glossy finish or rustic texture.
- Travertine can handle moisture and temperature fluctuations, so it can work in just about any area of your home, including entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces.
- Worried about slipping on polished tile? Unpolished travertine has much better traction, so there will be less chance of accidental slips and falls.
- As a type of natural stone, travertine can be a bit pricey. It is more expensive than ceramic tile, but comparable to marble, granite, and slate.
- Your travertine tile has the potential to last for decades, but it can also be prone to chipping. Keeping it well maintained can help prolong its life. Make sure to have it sealed or polished regularly so that it will continue to resist stains, moisture, and etching. When cleaning, avoid using acidic substances or abrasive tools that could damage the tile surface. Instead, use a specialty stone cleaner and a soft cloth.
Want a classic, luxurious natural stone with a neutral finish? Call Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake to explore our travertine tile options! We offer free in-home consultations to homeowners in the White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis region.
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