Are you interested in adding the luxurious flair of stone to your Clearwater home? Travertine tile is the answer. At once elegant and practical, travertine is the perfect choice for flooring needs and beyond. To help you learn more, our experts here at Floor Coverings International Seminole have put together this handy guide to travertine.

About Travertine

Travertine is a natural limestone that is formed from mineral deposits in hot water springs. This sedimentary rock is made from calcium carbonate, which is composed primarily of ancient shells and some fossils. After being imported from quarries in Turkey and Italy, travertine is milled into slabs and finished into the desired type.

Travertine comes in a variety of styles and cuts like saw cut, brushed, polished, chiseled edge, honed, and tumbled. They range in size as well, most commonly seen in 4×4 inch, 12×12 inch, and 18x18inch tiles.

Style

Travertine is an incredibly durable stone that has an elegant, slightly weathered appearance. The coloration tends to be neutral, with beige and ivory tones and a tawny swirl. No tile looks exactly the same, so it will add character and subtle contrast to your space.

One of travertine’s distinguishing features is the naturally occurring holes and depressions that run throughout. As such, travertine tends to be more porous than other stones. The pore size depends on the quality of the cut, with premium cuts having smaller indentations and mid-to-low quality varieties having larger holes. These pores can be filled with grout or left alone.

travertine tile in ClearwaterIn the Home

Due its porous nature, travertine tends to absorb moisture more than other stones. Stains can show easily due to its coloration and porousness, though this can be mitigated by regularly applying sealant. Furthermore, it’s prone to corrosion and etching if exposed to acidic cleaners or liquids like coffee, vinegar, or wine. Travertine thrives best when cleaned with a lightly dampened mop or simply with a broom.

Travertine’s durability and neutral coloration makes it a perfect flooring choice in many areas of the home, including the kitchen, bathroom, and entryway. Additionally, the resilient quality of travertine tile makes it well suited for other home improvement projects like countertops, shower walls, and kitchen backsplashes. Since travertine adapts easily to rapid temperature changes, it works nicely for outdoor projects like the patio or walkway. Having travertine tile in these areas will add a Mediterranean flair to your Clearwater backyard.

Are you interested in installing travertine tiles in your Clearwater home? Our experts at Floor Coverings International Seminole are here to help! Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom.

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