Photo: Travertine flooring when home can be easily associated with palaces where sumptuous and grandiose feasts are celebrated
Just as marble or granite, travertine is a natural stone that adds a lot of character to your home. Very appreciated, it adapts to the construction as to the decoration but it requires a particular maintenance so that you can appreciate its numerous qualities as long as possible.
Characteristics of travertine
Travertine is a sedimentary rock formed from 95% calcium carbonate (or calcite). It has the particularity of having cavities on its surface which gives it an irregular and very natural appearance. Travertine is used in construction but also in decoration. It is used for floor coverings, walls or showers and in the manufacture of tablets for example.
Travertine marble effect
Very often, many people and even lovers of natural stone cannot see the difference between travertine and marble. No wonder, because this travertine has a glossy finish, very similar to marble finish. In addition, the general look of this stone, its creamy shades and its veining reinforce this similarity. The mottling on the surface of travertine is captivating and gives it a noble and harmonious appearance. Thanks to its delicate colors, travertine with a classic and sober look radiates a warm and energetic atmosphere.
A travertine floor has a smooth surface, with a high quality and a modern appearance. It is easy to clean. Customers who have opted for this timeless travertine flooring speak enthusiastically of its versatility. Despite its majestic appearance, this floor is suitable for modern furnishing styles and is trendy.
High gloss travertine Marble Floor
Travertine can be perfectly combined with underfloor heating, which has already aroused the enthusiasm and interest of many of our guests. By the way, most of our stones are compatible with underfloor heating. Natural stones quickly store heat, retain it and redistribute it gradually over its entire surface. Thus, they stay warm longer and save you energy. The surface of the ground will give you the impression of walking on a carpet of velvet, and this throughout the winter.
Cost of travertine
Another important point for homeowners, architects and tenants is the price of travertine. The latter is indeed marketed cheaper than marble. So, let your dreams come true and become the buyer of a cheap luxury stone to dress your floor and wall!
Pros & Cons of travertine tiles
Travertine is a material easy to live with every day and fits perfectly for indoor use but also outdoors because it does not fear frost.
It comes in different finishes and offers an aged, brushed or polished look. Since travertine is a stone with an irregular surface, the cavities are capped to facilitate its maintenance and give it a very soft feel. For indoor use, it is recommended to apply a water and stain resistant treatment at the time of installation. For outdoor use, be aware that travertine is resistant to pollution and fumes. It is therefore to be avoided in large cities where pollution is more present. Unlike marble and granite tiles, travertine is an affordable natural stone in terms of price. Count between 30 and 60 Euros per square meter.
Maintenance of travertine tiles
Porous enough material, travertine requires special maintenance so that it can keep its original appearance as long as possible.
To avoid scratching it, avoid using an abrasive sponge and ban all powdered household products. Forget too much cleaning or overly acidic household products that could scratch or gnaw the surface of travertine tiles. If you make a stain, clean it quickly to prevent it from getting too deep. For daily maintenance, just a little water and liquid Marseille soap or a little dishwashing liquid. Black soap is also perfectly suited for cleaning travertine tiles. In case of very dirty soil, mix some hot water with soda crystals.