When you begin to look at what type of flooring is best for your home you may be overwhelmed by all of the options out there. Carpet, tile, stone, wood, laminate, vinyl, and more are all things to consider for your home. There are pros and cons to each different type of flooring. Today we will take a closer look at the pros and cons of travertine flooring.
First, let’s begin by giving you a definition of what exactly travertine is. Wikipedia defines travertine as a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. It will frequently look fibrous or concentric. Travertine can be white, tan, cream-colored, and sometimes even rusty varieties. Travertine is formed when minerals dissolve in the groundwater and get moved by natural springs and rise above the ground. Over time travertine forms into large blocks. After the blocks are formed they will be cut down into smaller blocks so that they are easier to handle. Anytime that you use a product there are pros and cons associated with your choice. We will start with the pros first.
Pros of Travertine Floor & Shower Tile
Cost – Many homeowners that have decided on using stone in their home will immediately begin their search with granite or marble. The high cost of granite and marble can be a major deterrent though. Travertine can give you almost the same look as marble or granite but the cost is much less. Homeowners on a budget will frequently choose travertine because of this fact.
Variety – Another pro for travertine is the wide variety of colors and tones that it comes in. The colors that can be found in travertine can be mesmerizing. There are also different finishes for travertine that can be fun to think about. Travertine can be polished, matte, brushed, or tumbled. For your flooring, polished finish is recommended. You will love the way the light bounces off of your polished travertine!
Durability – This is always a major factor when selecting flooring. Travertine holds up well in the durability column. The tiles are water and moisture resistant. You just need to make sure that you clean them frequently and they will continue to add beauty to your house for your years. Here at Silver State Floor Restoration we offer travertine polishing services that will help your travertine floors maintain their beauty if done periodically.
Cons of Travertine Natural Stone
Porous – Since travertine is indeed a natural stone, it has a porous structure. This porous structure means that there are holes in the material. Sometimes these holes will need some maintenance work. You may need to file, seal, and polish your travertine. Silver State Floor Restoration can take care of any maintenance that needs to be done on your travertine floor.
Sensitive – Travertine is extremely sensitive to acidic substances. If acidic substances such as alcohol, coffee, vinegar, or orange juice are accidentally spilled on your travertine floor there is an increased risk that a permanent stain will form. If you have small children this con can be a large drawback to installing travertine in your home.
Variation – This last topic can be a pro or a con depending on the person. Travertine does not have a uniformity or consistency in appearance. Some homeowners find the differences in the veins and shading of the tile breathtaking while others are turned off by the variation. You will want to spend some time deciding what your personal preferences are.
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No matter what choice you decide to make for your flooring, we hope that you will love your choice for years to come! Contact Silver State Floor Restoration for all your travertine cleaning, polishing and sealing needs!