Pros and Cons of Travertine Tile Flooring

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Travertine is a light-coloured calciferous rock – a type of limestone – that forms when minerals dissolve in groundwater and get pushed up by springs. It comes in various earthy colours such as beige, brown, rust, and sometimes white. It is widely used in building and interior décor.

The following are the advantages and disadvantages of travertine tiles flooring:



  1. Elegant look

Due to its deeply earthbound origins, travertine boosts the aesthetic of earthiness and naturalness in the room. It is one of the oldest building materials and therefore adds an ancient touch to the whole look.


  1. Soft Tones

Usually available in white or light shades, the overall tone of travertine flooring is subtle and mellow. The quiet dignity goes hand in hand with the awe-inspiring veneer of earth-styled stone.


  1. Many applications

Travertine is versatile in its uses and can be used for flooring, countertops, facades, kitchen sinks, and shower trays. It is therefore quite useful in obtaining a fluid, uniform look.


  1. Several finish options

Depending on what kind of a look you want, you can go for an appropriate type of finish that will suit your need. If you want a textured floor that does not reflect light, you can choose tumbled or brushed travertine. For a flat finish that’s not glossy, honed travertine is a good option. Polished travertine is both flat and slippery-smooth. To increase durability, you can choose the filled rather than the unfilled variety.


  1. Strength and durability

Travertine is heavy enough to take rough handling without showing any signs such as cracks and chips. The kind of finish you choose decides whether there is a risk of scratching. The more natural the finish, the less vulnerable it is to damage; in fact, some kinds of wear and tear add to the natural, ancient look of the stone.



  1. Staining

When the finish is textured, spilled liquids seep into pores on the surface and stain it. Travertine needs consistent sealing during installation as well as later, to maintain the glossy look. It can be done by applying a penetrating sealer and then a barrier surface sealer.


  1. Heaviness

Travertine tiles are heavy and need professional handling during installation. The building structure itself must be able to support the weight of the flooring without giving way.


  1. Cold retention

Travertine floors can literally get stone-cold if the weather outside is chilly. They do retain heat well, but the flipside of this is that they also retain cold. This can be dealt with using rugs. It can also be used with heating systems as it conducts heat well enough to warm up the room.

Adding to the durability of travertine tiles, Vitero’s double charged vitrifying technique fuses two layers of tiles and increases their ability to withstand wear and tear. Double charged vitrified tiles reduce the stain menace and prevent dust from accumulating, aside from giving a homogeneous finish to the floor.


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