Travertine tile is a popular building material in Grapevine homes for everything from flooring to backsplashes. The stone, resembling marble, is easy to work with and durable. Considering the Trevi Fountain was constructed from travertine 300 years ago, you know it can stand the test of time!
Travertine is a type of limestone, sometimes called calcium carbonate, which is created when minerals in the earth are dissolved in ground water and then are moved above ground by rivers and springs. The stone is quarried in huge blocks, primarily in Italy and Turkey.
Colors and Styles
The color of travertine tile depends on how much iron is in the stone. The colors range from reddish brown to beige, gold, and ivory. Homeowners can choose from matte, polished, tumbled, or brushed finishes. If you choose polished, you’ll get a floor that looks similar to marble. If you are going for an antique look choose tumbled or brushed.
Ease of Use
Travertine tile is easy to use because the soft stone cuts easily. If you have odd-shaped areas in your home’s floor plan, the tile is much easier to work with and less likely to break than some alternative materials. Travertine is also relatively easy to match should you need to replace a tile or two later on; though, as with all tile floors, it’s best to buy extra material so you have stone from the same lot number should you need it in the future.
Where to Use Travertine Tile
Travertine is often considered a fragile material, but once it’s on the floor, it will last a very long time. The tile is appropriate for high traffic areas and kitchens if you seal it and maintain it properly. Acidic foods, such as orange juice or vinegar, can soak into the tile and stain it. Even if the tile has been sealed, it’s best to wipe up spills promptly so they don’t have a chance to soak into the porous stone. Travertine also has a tendency to form small holes that will need to be filled occasionally.
Create a Different Look
Unlike other stones, you can create a unique look with travertine tile. The stone features veining that creates patterns that cannot be replicated. For Grapevine homeowners that want a feeling of casual elegance in their space, travertine tile is a great choice.
If you would like to learn more about travertine, or other natural stone flooring options, our team at Floor Coverings International Southlake is here to help! Get in touch for your free in-home design consultation.
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