Travertine Flooring Pros And Cons March 09, 2015 14:19

Travertine flooring tiles have become very popular due to their unique beauty. Many consider travertine to be a luxury flooring item. Travertine is formed when limestone is exposed to minerals which have dissolved in ground water, rivers, streams and natural springs. Over long periods of time, if this mineral-infused limestone is subjected to intense heat and pressure deep in the earth, travertine is formed. If the travertine stone remains in the earth for a long time, it becomes marble. One of the components within travertine is iron, which causes travertine to form in a family of earth colors such as brown tones, beige, tan, reddish hues, gold tones, ivory and other off-white shades.

Color variations and patterns depend on which minerals and impurities are found in any given section of travertine, and particularly how much iron content is present. Consumers will find that virtually no two travertine tiles will look the same. For this reason, purchasers will be most satisfied with their flooring when the tiles are individually selected, rather than purchasing in bulk.

Because travertine is a somewhat porous natural stone product containing a significant mineral content, travertine is highly reactive to many liquids, and especially anything acidic. For example, damage can occur very quickly if travertine comes in contact with citrus juices, vinegar, salad dressings, wine, tomato sauce, coffee, pet accidents or caustic cleaning substances. For this reason, travertine may not be the best choice for a kitchen area. Unless travertine is polished and professionally sealed, keeping it stain free is a tremendous challenge. Even with proper sealing, this stone is stain-prone. Also, travertine is not the best choice for very high traffic areas, as it can be scratched, gouged, scraped or chipped. It should be noted that because travertine is a natural stone product, it is very heavy. Adequate subflooring is needed to support travertine. Source: