Travertine tile is a popular type of natural stone tile commonly found in Kennett Square homes. Travertine is a limestone that originates in mineral hot springs worldwide. In fact, most of the travertine that is available in the United States is imported from regions such as Italy, Turkey, and Latin America.
Travertine tile is derived from natural stone and can be used for more than just flooring. Backsplashes, counters, outdoor patios and more are all great applications for travertine. Here’s a look at some more notable information to help you get better acquainted with travertine tile and determine if it’s the right flooring option for your next project.
A Breif History of Travertine Tile
Travertine has a long and rich history. It was a readily available and common building material during the Roman Empire, and admirers of Roman architecture and monuments will be well acquainted with the beauty and timelessness of this material. In fact, the Colosseum in Rome was partially constructed from locally sourced travertine.
Those that appreciate the natural wonders closer to home will be familiar with travertine as well. In the United States, a famous travertine formation is none other than that found at Yellowstone National Park. Of course, being a protected national monument, we can’t expect to get our building materials from this source! But it is an incredible example of the natural beauty of travertine.
Benefits of Travertine Tile
Travertine is known for its light color variations, from almost white to darker beige and brown tones. It can be acquired in a variety of different colors, however, so there really is a tile to match any room or décor. This is just one of the reasons why it’s so appealing to consumers.
Travertine comes in three cuts: premium, commercial or select. It’s a porous stone, and the type of cut is determined by the size of holes in the stone. Generally speaking, the smaller the hole, the higher quality the end product and the less susceptible it is to scratches and stains. It is possible, and occasionally necessary, to fill the holes in travertine tile. This maintenance will help prolong the look and life of the stone.
While travertine tile is applicable for indoor flooring projects, it also stands up well to the elements outdoors. In fact, one of travertine’s most notable features is its ability to withstand major temperature changes, which is why it is an option for both indoor and outdoor flooring projects.
Cost and Maintenance
Travertine is relatively low maintenance, with a few exceptions. Regular sweeping is recommended, and spills should be cleaned up immediately due to the porous nature of the stone. It’s also recommended that travertine floors be sealed every few years to keep them looking great. Being that travertine is a luxury flooring material, it can be more costly than other flooring options. However, the look and benefits of a natural product generally far outweigh the price tag.
If you are interested in learning more about travertine, or other natural stone products, get in touch with our team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley. We will provide a free in-home design consultation to help you find the perfect flooring for your Kennett Square home.
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