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2017 Guide for Travertine Tile Pros and Cons

We would like to begin our article with the technical definition of travertine stone. Before learning about the major travertine tile pros and cons in detail, it would be useful to have an idea about what it is. Travertine is a type of limestone which forms around mineral spring deposits. Some people would rather call it limestone; yet, it would be a really narrow-minded approach to call this stone only limestone. In technical vocabulary, travertine might also be called calcium carbonate.
When minerals dissolve in the groundwater and get moved by natural springs and rives above the ground, travertine is created. It forms large block and taken from quarries and cut down into smaller blocks for more practical loading and unloading processes.

Content Index

Pros of Travertine Tile

Cons of Travertine Tile

Travertine Flooring

Main Usage Areas of Travertine Tiles

Travertine Tile Colors and Styles

Travertine Tile Finishes

 

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Major Pros and Cons of Travertine Tile

Here comes the tricky part! Now it is time to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of travertine tiles. Yes, we have said that variety of color and style is a great advantage and there are a number of benefits that can go far and far beyond simplistic style. Also, it is possible to say that travertine tiles can be a great investment for your home because of the fact that it can add value.

But, are there any disadvantages? Yes, our dear readers, there are some disadvantages that we need to talk about. Because as a homeowner, you need to be aware of all the good sides and bad sides about travertine tiles, and then you should make a choice about it. Are you ready? Let’s get started with the summary infographic.

Pros And Cons Travertine Tile Infography

Major Pros of Travertine Tile

Travertine Tiles are Cheaper Than Marble or Granite Tiles

Travertine Cheap Then Marble

You might first think about adding the touch of marble or granite to your bathroom or kitchen for a classical look. Yes, we know that marble and granite tiles can look incredibly enchanting for flooring. However, the cost is always a point that you need to take into consideration for choosing any tile for flooring.

No worries: travertine tiles can give almost the same look as the marble or granite tiles and it is away cheaper than the other alternatives. If you are on a budget yet still want the perfect look for either interior or exterior designs, you should definitely try travertine tiles.

Travertine Tiles are Available in Various Color and Tone Alternatives

Travertine Tiles Various Color CombinationsAs we have already mentioned, travertine is a stone which is available in several different colors and tones. You will be enchanted by the perfect look of travertine tile alternatives when you see them. The options are almost endless and it is all up to your imagination. Also, travertine comes with polished, matte, brushed or tumbled finishes.

And remember that polished finish is the best alternative for flooring because the polished travertine tiles will reflect the natural light and give a shiny and fresh atmosphere. So to say, you can get the perfect look by paying less if you choose travertine.

Travertine Tiles are Very Durable, Which Can Add Value to Your Homes

durable-travertine-tiles

Travertine tiles are very durable (water and moisture resistant). All you need to do is to give them a good care and maintain properly. They do not crack easily when you handle it with care. This enables you to keep the good condition of the house for long years. This is the value that travertine adds: your house will always be new thanks to travertine tiles.

Since travertine is natural stone, it might have holes on it. But these holes get bigger and deeper in time and ruin the perfect look of the flooring. Travertine tiles will look good for long years as long as you give the proper care to them.

Replacing Travertine Tile is a Piece of Cake

Easy Travertine Replacing and Installation

It is true that travertine is a durable stone. But that does not mean that nothing would ever happen to it. Accidents can happen and after a few years of using travertine, it might be damaged or ruined.

Since travertine has several variations, it is highly possible for you to find not the same but very similar looking tiles. You can replace the damaged tiles with the new one with matching tone or color, and there you go. No one would be able to notice the difference.

Travertine Tiles are Very Environmentally Friendly 

Environmentally Friendly Travertine Tile Nature

Travertine is the type of stone which is more eco-friendly than the other materials (compared to porcelain). Since travertine tiles do not have to go through the manufacturing process, it is a perfect option for those who favor the “Going Green” trend.

 

Major Cons of Travertine Tile

Travertine Sas a Porous Structure

Porous of Travertine Tiles

This is maybe the most important con of travertine material. This stone tends to be extremely porous since it naturally has many holes in it. This means that it is very easy for a surface to wear or tear in the long run. Even though these holes are small, they are easily noticeable, which can be a disadvantage for those who do not like such appearances. You should give travertine floors a regular care for filing the holes. You need to spend more time to care for. Powders, sealants or polishing products might be used accordingly.

Travertine Tiles are Highly Reactive to Acidic Substances

If you accidently spill orange or lemon juice on the travertine tiles, there is always a risk of a permanent stain. You should be really careful while using travertine tiles if you have small kids or you need to think twice if you plan to use travertine tiles to decorate your restaurant or kitchen.

You Should Not Use Vinegar or Salt For Cleaning Travertine Tiles

We all know that natural cleaning agents are always better than the chemical ones. But, you should pay attention here. Due to the acidic and harsh content of vinegar and salt, you cannot use them for cleaning travertine. The porous structure of travertine tiles directly suck up the vinegar, which will probably leave a permanent stain. Therefore, you need to pay a little bit more for cleansing agents if you are using travertine tiles in your homes.

Travertine Tiles Tend to be Heavier

If you are dreaming of an easy and quick installation process, travertine tiles might not be the best option for you. These tiles naturally tend to be heavy, in other words, it would be difficult and time-consuming to install them. Also, you need to think about the transportation of the tiles; from the store where you buy them to your house. The transportation fee, therefore, might be a little bit expensive than normal.

This is all we can say about travertine tiles. If you read this article so far, you are now an expert. You have learned all you need to know about travertine and now ready to make a decision. If yes, you can consider further information below about travertine tiles usage.
We have also created a video animation including headlines of majos pros and cons.

What is the intended use of travertine?

As you might guess, travertine is a type of a stone which is frequently used in floor tiling. This stone is generally preferred for the tiling of the areas such as kitchen, bathroom or exterior paving thanks to its high level of durability. This is why travertine stone has been used for thousands of years especially in Anatolia and Southern parts of Europe with decorative and architectural purposes.
Travertine tiles have become very popular in recent years since it has a unique beauty. Most of the people think that travertine is a luxury and elegant flooring item to add a sense of beauty in every corner of a place. In addition to tiling, travertine is also used for countertops, backsplashes and other surface areas requiring tiling.

Travertine Flooring

travertine flooring project

You can use the travertine tiles on the floors as well as on the walls, countertops, patios. In fact, the most common use is in floors. When you are applying travertine to floors, there are some patterns that each has its own distinctive style. So, if you want a classic look, you can use Regular and Stagger patterns. But if you more like a sophisticated style, you can apply the French or Herringbone patterns.

French or Villa Pattern Travertine Floors

You can use French pattern generally in interior designs, and it gives the room an aesthetic look. French pattern is preferred in country styled or coastal style homes. French Pattern is also used in outdoor designs like pool decks, walk-ways, and patios. The most important thing here is that you should not use a polished travertine in places where there is a risk of slipping.

Antique Pattern Travertine Floors

Antique Pattern, also known as the Meandros pattern, alike with French pattern. Antique Pattern is used in both interior and outdoor designs, too. This Pattern is similar to the French pattern. Just like it, Antique Pattern gives the room a rustic feel.

Regular Pattern Travertine Floors

Regular is the most preferred and most applied pattern. People use this model use in bathrooms and pool decks. The most commonly used colors in the regular pattern are light tones of beige, cream, and gray.

Spiral Pattern Travertine Floors

The spiral pattern creates a modern atmosphere in the room. It is mostly used in modern style decorations. When you use it in backsplashes or walls, you should prefer polished travertine tiles because it looks better when it shines, and it also helps to make the area look bigger.

Herringbone Pattern Travertine Floors

Herringbone pattern can be applied to walls, floors, and backsplashes. But the areas where this model fits most are the walls and backsplashes. Herringbone pattern has the same decorative features as Spiral.

Durability and Maintenance of Travertine Flooring

durable travertine tiles

Travertine is a very durable material in flooring to heavy traffic. Also, it is a very hard material when compared with marble. The travertine is resistant to temperature changes. So, you can use it in outdoor designs.

Due to the porous structure of the travertine stone, there is a need for more care. The key point to keep your floors beautiful for longer is that you need to clean it regularly. You should mop or vacuum your floors regularly to keep them really spotless. Because travertine is porous, it can be susceptible to spills and stains. If you spill something on your travertine floors, wipe it up immediately. Also, travertine is very sensible to acidic substances like lemon juice and cleaners contain acidic solutions. So, you should be careful to these kind of liquids. Furthermore, when you want to clean the floor you should definitely get a cleaner which is meant for travertine.

Main Usage Areas of Travertine Tiles

Hallways and corridors

Travertine is the best option if you would like to add a sense of luxury to your foyer or hallway. This stone is known for its unique and uneven qualities, and this makes travertine look very elegant for both modern and classical design ideas. Travertine is the material that can create a rustic, but a sophisticated look to your hallway.

Bathroom

Bathroom Travertine Tiles

Did we mention that travertine has been a building material for bathrooms for centuries? Dating back centuries ago, people had discovered that travertine was a magical building material for bathroom decorations. And here is a healthy and elegant tip for you: if you set the travertine tiles on a diagonal, you can achieve enchanting diamond geometry in your shower. And if you prefer the natural matte finish for the tiles, your bathroom will make you feel like you are living in a palace.

Kitchen

Kitchen Travertine Tiles

The options of using travertine tiles in your kitchen are endless. You are the one to create any design you desire with travertine. Either on backsplashes, countertops or flooring, it is certain that travertine will create a totally different atmosphere for your kitchen. Use your imagination and consider all that variety and colors of travertine. It is all up to you…

Exterior Design

Exterior Travertine Tiles

If you think that you can use travertine only for indoor decorations, we can tell you that you are totally wrong. Travertine is used to beautify your outdoor areas, as well. You can use travertine tiles for garden pathways, decorative exterior walls or swimming pool decking. Since travertine, like many other natural stones, is very durable against heat, it is a good idea to use it for exterior decorations. No need to mention that it will age so beautifully with time.

Travertine Tile Colors and Styles

Travertine Colors and Styles

One of the components which comprise of travertine is iron. Iron is the element which causes travertine to form in many different earth colors such as different tones of brown, beige, tan, reddish, gold, ivory, and other white shaded colors.

Gold colored travertine tiles come with a great variety of golden shades. It gives your home a luxurious look.

Cream/Beige travertine tiles are the most common color. Their shades differ from each other regarding their exporting countries. Beige/cream shaded colors are used in bathroom and floors.

Red toned travertine tiles come in shades that range from rose to deep coral red. Some of them have a very soft, peachy rose hue and some of them have strong, bold colors. Reddish tiles exported mostly from Turkey and Iran. Iranian tiles are dark reds, but colors from salmon pink to deep coral are also available.

Brown toned of travertine tiles have many different shades. The brown travertine tile pallet includes hues which transition from warm to cool and light to dark. Iranian travertine has bright golden brown and light coffee brown while Italian travertine includes richer shades of brown such as walnut.

Gray Travertine tiles can be in soft and natural gray. Soft and natural gray tones give your interior design a beautiful, good-looking style. Also, it creates an elegant atmosphere.

The variations and patterns on travertine mainly depend on the minerals and impurities found in any specific section of the stone and as we already mention, on particularly how much iron that the stone contains. So to say, it can be said that it is nearly impossible to find two travertine tiles looking the same. This can be considered as an advantage and we are going to talk about it later on in this article.
Apart from its natural color variations, travertine also comes in different types of finishes; polished, matte, brushed, and tumbled. If you prefer polished travertine tiles, you should take the fact that it might look like marble stone into consideration. And note that brushed or tumbled travertine tile has a more antiqued look, which most of the people prefer for especially indoor decorations.

Travertine Tile Finishes

Apart from its natural color variations, travertine also comes in different types of finishes; polished, brushed, tumbled and honed.

Polished Travertine Tile

Polished finish tiles have glossy and smooth surface. If you prefer polished travertine tiles, you should take the fact that it might look like marble stone into consideration.

Honed Travertine Tile

This travertine tile is the matte polished tile, and it is usually used for flooring. It is looking like the classic travertine tiles, and it is not shiny or glossy.

Tumbled Travertine Tile

Tumbled ones have textured and matte look. Tumbled travertine tile has a more antiqued look, which most of the people prefer for especially indoor decorations. Also, they are used in bathrooms and near pool decks because of their non-slippage surface.

At the end…

Sefa Stone offers many different types of travertine tiles in terms of color, size, quality and finishes. We offer pure color tiles and patterned tiles in Ivory, Country Classic, Walnut/Mocha, Noce, Gold, White Gold, Silver, Leonardo, and Scabos colors. Most popular travertine tiles are 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 2×4 and 4×4 but you can request custom tile sizes by contacting us with sales@sefastone.com or online chat.

Comments (10)

  1. William Tomlinson says:

    You mentions that about travertine colors but i have spesific question.
    Travertine tiles are 0.5 thick whilst the typical depth for Travertine pavers is 1/4”. Which colours do Travertine Tiles, Pavers, Mosaics etc. Come in?

    1. sefastone says:

      A few of the hottest colours are Beige, Ivory, Walnut colours, Noche, Silver and Gold. Mixtures of those colours will also be not impossible. Shades variations and colour name variations are fairly common inside the Travertine business i.e. Cream, Cappuccino, Chocolate. What finish is applied to Travertine Products? Travertine products generally have the following finishes: Brushed, Tumbled, Honed, Filled, Filled & Honed, Chiseled, Bush Hammered, Shone. Chiseled Travertine pertains to the borders while the real surface is referred to by all the other finishes.

  2. Joan A. Kenyon says:

    The Article is so informative but i have a question about grades.
    What’s the distinction between premium grade travertine, industrial grade or A grade?

    1. sefastone says:

      The grade of travertine is more often than not established based on the holes inside the rock. Holes within Travertine rock are part of standards and the flagstones nature. Inside the travertine business today, the principle of the thumb is .the less holes there are within travertine rock, the higher the quality. Travertine pavers with hardly any holes in it are considered Premium Standard quality or A Level while porous rock with lots of holes in it’s considered commercial quality. Clearly cost differences apply. Also remember that there are Travertine tiles which filled finish and come with a honed.

      A filled travertine end suggests that the holes were filled. It’s pretty simple to tell apart the fill since the fill is consistently the same colour throughout the tile. In these instances, the difference between Commercial grade and Premium Standard is based on the number of fill used. A filled and honed travertine tile of fill with a great deal is considered of lesser quality compared to a tile with minimal fill. What’s the distinction between Travertine tile and travertine Pavers? Travertine Tiles are utilized for indoor jobs like walls and floors while Travertine pavers are mainly used for outside like pool decks, driveways, patio areas and pathways.

  3. Richard S. Dejesus says:

    The professionals of travertine tile contain its classic look, strength in the face of excessive temperatures and minimal skidding whilst the disadvantages contain a higher level of reactivity in the existence of weak acids as good as from seeming uniform natural blemishes that keep the design and colour. Your decision on where to use travertine tiles changes from one owner to the next as the practical ones must be weighed against by the aesthetic advantages. Travertine tile keeps its wonderful look longer than lots of building materials, especially on outside walls and will not need sealer. It appears old and weathered already, giving a look that is unique to constructions that are newer, and the appearance is unlikely to change for hundreds of years.

  4. Belinda M. Barker says:

    Thanks for the nice article, i have some information with my experiences.
    The appearance of natural rock have stood the examination of time, especially in comparison to modern materials such as concrete. Even when it’s in direct sunlight, travertine tile stays cool, making it an useful material for swimming pools and park benches. This gives it exceptional insulating properties. Travertine counter tops and floors tend to experience harm if orange juice, vinegar along with other acid is spilled on them, because travertine is constructed of calcium carbonate. It’s significant to reapply on a routinely basis, although some protection is provided by quality sealers.

  5. Kelly says:

    I’m just curious to know whether the photo under the Environmental Friendly header is Pammukale in Turkey? It’s funny, because that’s actually what I thought a travertine was, I didn’t realise it was a type of stone as well.

    Also, you mentioned that travertine is environmental friendly, but you can’t clean it with vinegar. What environmentally friendly cleaning products can you use to clean tiles made from travertine? Thanks.

  6. Mitchelle says:

    Quite informative and unbiased piece.Travertine Tiles are indeed environmentally friendly. However, it all depends on choosing the appropriates colors. It’s quite easy to replace as explained above, I’ve actually experienced it. The durability is what I’m still trying to ascertain, But I think it’s cool and will last long apart from sever accidents that could cause damage.

  7. Vincent. says:

    Hi.. I really need to get this Travertine Tiles. How do I go about it please? I need a smaller quantity to really experience how good it is. Any link to shopping?

  8. Rebeca Rodrigez says:

    As you scan the different possibilities for the kitchen flooring, as well as your eyes rest on a matte appeared natural rock with inconsistent colour shades, you’re considering travertine rock. Travertine flooring appeals to many modern home owners due to the distinctive appearance that sticks out from other natural rocks. Travertine is usually found in Turkey, Italy, Mexico as well as Peru. Consequently travertine flooring is very tough, and could last for generations even under solid and damp conditions like those in kitchens. Travertine flooring comes in various earthy colours including beige, walnut, gold, cream as well as ivory, as well as could give your kitchen an elegant look.

    Red travertine is born to the iron content and may give your kitchen flooring an exclusive look. Due to the inconsistencies in color and texture, every travertine flooring seems distinct. Travertine is nature work of artwork, and certainly will add value to your home. Under floor heating systems can keep the flooring in a soothing temperature during winters. Travertine floor, being difficult, does not consume impact of walking around during long cooking hours as well as may have a propensity to get uncomfortable. It’d cost you something from $2 to $3 or even more to purchase travertine floor tiles. Good grade travertine floor is always worth the investment, as well as serving you for several years it’ll give your kitchen a richer feel.

    Since travertine may break during installation and later, it’s recommended to purchase a few extra boxes of tiles. Filled travertine floor, despite the fact that on the expensive side, will need less maintenance than unfilled one. You’ll also have to determine on whether you need your travertine floor polished or honed, brushed or tumbled. Polished or honed travertine exudes a contemporary look, while brushed or tumbled one provides a more rugged appearance. While polished travertine is simpler to clean, keep in mind that the polished floor may be very slippery. Choose travertine floor tiles in line with the kind of tiling used on your counters and backsplashes. Your travertine floor tiles should also mix with the rest of the kitchen dcor. In case your kitchen is little, you can give it a broad look by installing lighter as well as larger travertine flooring tiles.

    In addition to proper preparation of the surface, travertine floor also requires cautious sealing, and for that reason doing it on your own could lead to a lot of breakage and a shabby finish.

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