Travertine is a natural type of limestone that has been used for many centuries as a building material. The material has historically been most common in Italy where it was used for both walls and flooring and one famous building made from travertine is the Roman Coliseum. In more recent times the use of travertine has spread throughout the world thanks to cheaper manufacturing and transport costs. The fact that countries such as Peru, Mexico and Turkey also began exporting the material has also helped to satisfy customer demand. Whilst it can be used for wall tiling, travertine floor tiles are the most popular form and sales of this product continue to grow. So what makes travertine floor tiles so fashionable and are there any drawbacks to utilising them?
Although travertine is not quite as strong as granite and marble; it is still a very durable material. You need only consider how long the Roman Coliseum has stood for to see the validity of this statement. In addition to the fact that travertine floor tiles will stand the test of time; they also provide a striking and luxurious finish at an affordable price. Travertine comes in a range of hues that span from white, though cream to beige. These natural colours blend in nicely with many other shades and as a result integrate nicely with present colour schemes and furniture. The result being that travertine floor tiles provide a warm and welcoming feel to whichever room you decide to lay them in.
The main drawback with travertine is that it is quite porous. Most travertine floor tiles will be filled and honed during the manufacturing process to provide a smooth finish. However, over time with wear and tear some of the filling can become dislodged and the surface a little bit rough. Whilst this can actually add to the aesthetic of the tiles, it does mean that they become more susceptible to stains. Therefore you must be sure to quickly clean up any liquid spillages or run the risk of discolouring. Re-sealing your travertine floor tiles every few years will help them maintain a good finish and resist liquids that are spilt. If you don’t mind doing a little bit of maintenance every now and then the benefits of travertine floor tiles do outweigh the one negative.