What Are the Pros and Cons of Travertine Tiles?

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Travertine is formed by the precipitation of hot water that emerges from the ground in nature. This precipitate lasts for millions of years and forms very thick layers. These layers harden over time and come to consistency to be cut and processed. Travertine can be considered as a kind of marble, but it is separated from the marble with its unique porous structure. These cavities in the travertine are caused by the gases trapped in the formation of the travertine and subsequently released.

Travertine tiles are the most popular and preferred type of natural stone tile in natural stone paving. It is preferred because of its unique appearance arising from the shape of travertine formation. Travertine tiles are available in various colors from dark brown to almost white to beige. Sometimes there are veins of different colors on the surface. It is seen as a unique color fluctuation in each travertine tile.

Due to its natural colors and texture, travertine is the most prominent stone among the natural stones in recent times. It’s a perfect choice for both modern-looking and antique-looking decoration with its decorative and long lasting features. In addition to its different color options, it offers, different surface treatment possibilities and many ways and patterns of laying.

The followings are the Pros and Cons of Travertine Tiles:

Major Pros of Travertine Tiles:

  • Travertine Tiles are More Economical Than Other Natural Stones

Travertine tiles can give almost the same look and similar durability as marble or granite tiles and they are about twice as cheap as other alternatives.

  • Travertine Tiles are Very Durable

Travertine tiles are very durable (water and moisture resistant). They do not crack easily when they’re maintained properly. Travertine tiles are also very resilient against extreme weather fluctuations so they are suitable both for outdoor and indoor installations (pool, garden pathway, wall of the house, etc.).

  • Travertine Has a Non-Slippery Texture

Travertine tiles has a naturally non-slippery texture which makes it ideal for swimming pools, bathrooms, showers, floors and on pool decks. Due to its holes and pits – porous surface- travertine tiles are rough and easy to grip and walk on.

Major Cons of Travertine Tiles:

  • Travertine Tiles are Sensitive to Acidic Substances

Despite its durability and natural appearance, travertine is sensitive to acidic substances such as alcohol, coffee, vinegar and orange juice etc. When an acidic substance, orange or lemon juice, spill on the travertine tiles, there is always a risk of a permanent stain since the acidic solvent will react with the calcium carbonate of the stone. The solution is a procedure that should be carried out immediately right after laying travertine tiles on the floor and should then be repeated regularly.

  • Travertine Tiles are Heavier Than Other Natural Stones

Travertine sheets and tiles are heavy and are recommended to be assembled with the help of an expert. Additionally, the strength of the surface on which the travertine is to be placed is important. The floor must be rigid enough and there must be a sufficiently strong wall to prevent sagging and bending depending on the weight of the material.

  • Travertine Tiles Require Maintenance and Care

Travertine may be considered as durable or resilient however it requires more attention compared to other flooring options such as granite, ceramic or vinyl. The pores in travertine tiles’ surface can allow spilled liquids and staining agents to seep into the material and cause damage. This problem can be resolved by applying a sealer. The sealant helps to protect the travertine against dirt buildups and prolongs the life of the tile. Additionally, since acid-rich products can color the flooring seriously and stain easily,  type of the cleaning product is also very important.

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In this content we tried to explain the pros and cons of travertine tiles. You can contact us at any time for more information.

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