Homeowners in Austin are increasingly drawn to travertine stone tile for its durability and elegant appearance. While it’s widely associated with Mediterranean architecture, from villas to the Colosseum in Rome, its color and slightly weathered appearance is a natural compliment to our style here in the southwest. Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Austin have all the facts on travertine tiles for you.
Travertine is a natural limestone that originates from calcium carbonate mineral deposits in hot springs. Calcium carbonate is composed from the remains of ancient shells and fossils, and these minerals form over time to create sedimentary stones like travertine. Typically imported in slabs from large quarries from Italy and Turkey, travertine is then cut into many styles including brushed, honed, tumbled, polished, and many more. Travertine tiles are available in a wide range of sizes as well, though the most popular are 4x4inch, 12x12inch, and 18x18inch.
Strength & Sophistication
The durability of travertine cannot be overstated. Famous buildings have been built from travertine, including the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the interiors of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago. These iconic structures will last indefinitely with the help of travertine.
Travertine’s color palate is ivory and beige, with swirls of bronze and caramel colors throughout. Each tile has a unique color, but put together they create an elegant near-seamless mosaic.
A distinctive characteristic of travertine is the naturally occurring pores that run throughout the stone. Typically, the quality of the cut will determine the size of these holes. A premium cut will have smaller impressions whereas mid-to-low quality travertine may have larger pores. While many homeowners appreciate the weathered aesthetic of these pores, you can also opt to fill them with grout for a smoother appearance.
Travertine is a versatile stone flooring choice that works in many areas of the home, including entryways, bathrooms, and the kitchen. It’s also the perfect choice for countertops, kitchen backsplashes, and shower walls. Due to its heat resistance, travertine is also a great choice for outdoor projects like patios and walkways.
Important Care Tips
- As a porous stone, travertine will absorb liquids and stain much easier than other stone tiles. It’s important to routinely apply a sealant to your travertine tiles to reduce the likelihood of damage.
- Avoid exposing travertine to acidic cleaners or liquids like wine, vinegar, lemon juice, and coffee. Acids can corrode and etch your tiles, leading to long-term discoloration and damage.
- To keep your floor tiles fresh and clean, regularly sweep with a broom or use a lightly dampened mop. Maintain your travertine backsplashes and countertops with a dampened cloth or sponge.
Are you interested in installing travertine tile in your Austin home? Our friendly experts at Floor Coverings International Austin are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom.