Travertine is a pale, dense, banded limestone derived from the evaporation of hot springs. Travertine is popular for paving patios and garden paths, it is one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture, commonly seen as façade material, wall cladding and flooring, internal and external. It is characterized by naturally occurring pitted holes and troughs in its surface. These holes can be filled or left open; hence the stone can be purchased ‘filled’ or ‘unfilled’. Travertine can be highly polished and comes in a variety of colors from white through grey to coral red.
Travertine tiles are one of the most popular stones in modern architecture. The stone has been used as a building material for thousands of years because of its ability to be shaped to fit just about any purpose. There are four types of finishing for travertine tiles, polished, honed, brushed and tumbled. Polished travertine has a smooth glossy surface. Honed tiles have a slight luster, the tiles are smooth but not as glossy as polished. Brushed and tumbled tiles have a porous texture with no shine. Travertine tiles can be installed with minimal grout lines, giving your floor and overall smooth stone appearance.
Travertine provides a durable flooring solution. The polished finished tiles can be laid into an elegant living room, or they can be used to add a rustic feel with a tumbled texture. It can be used in hallways, foyers, porches, kitchen countertops, fireplaces and living spaces to offer a luxurious feeling to the structure. The tiles can also be used for exterior wall cladding, shower, surrounding swimming pools or for general floors and decorative fixtures. The travertine tile is inexpensive and multi-facility stone, which makes a luxurious fashion statement for your floors.
Caring for your travertine tile flooring is not a difficult process. If you protect your travertine flooring with sealants it makes cleaning even easier. Clean up spills immediately to prevent staining. The best materials for cleaning your flooring are a sponge or soft cloth and use warm water and a specialty tile cleaning solution found at your local hardware store. A dust mop is best used to clean the surface of your flooring.
If you want an inexpensive, low maintenance (compared with marble) and unique flooring option, travertine flooring is the perfect choice. It is decorative, ecofriendly and luxurious, and it can be used for virtually any flooring surface.