Travertine is a pale, dense, banded limestone derived from the evaporation of hot springs. Travertine is popular for paving patios and garden paths, and is one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture. Commonly seen as façade material, wall cladding or used as an internal travertine floor. Travertine is characterised by naturally occurring pit holes and troughs in its surface. These are filled in or left open; hence the stone can be purchased ‘filled’ or ‘unfilled’. Travertine comes in a variety of colours from white through grey to coral red.
Travertine In Architecture
Travertine tiles are one of the most popular stones in modern architecture. Used as a building material for thousands of years- it has the ability to be shaped to fit just about any purpose. There are three types of finishes for a travertine floor, honed, brushed and tumbled. A honed travertine floor has a slight luster, the tiles are smooth but not glossy. Brushed and tumbled tiles have a porous texture with no shine. Travertine tiles can be installed with minimal grout lines, giving your travertine floor a smooth appearance.
Durability Of A Travertine Floor
Travertine provides a durable flooring solution. The honed tiles can be laid into an elegant living room, or they can be used to add a rustic feel with a tumbled texture. Commonly 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 makes a luxurious fashion statement for your floors.
Caring For Your Travertine Floor
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. To clean the surface of your flooring, use a dust mop.
If you want an inexpensive, low maintenance (compared with marble) and a 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.
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