travertine tile, floor coverings international denver southOne of the most visually stunning examples of natural stone tile, travertine is a beautiful option that will add a touch of luxury to your Denver home or business. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Denver South have assembled some useful information about this classic option to help you decide if it’s the right option for you.

Appearance

Travertine is a type of limestone that forms from mineral deposits around subterranean water sources. Travertine comes in a range of color profiles including creams, reds, light greens, and golden browns. The formation of travertine causes each piece to have a unique pattern, which can be used to create a striking mosaic look. Travertine is naturally porous and tiles are available either with the holes left intact or filled with a color matching hardener. It can also be finished in a number of ways, ranging from a glossy polish to an aged appearance depending on the desired effect.

Placement

Travertine is a relatively lightweight stone tile and has a wide range of applications, including flooring, backsplashes, countertops, and showers. Like other natural stone tiles, travertine is quite durable and holds up to high foot traffic. It’s also able to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, making it suitable for outdoor areas. It’s important to match the right style of travertine tile to its intended use. For example, kitchens and bathrooms should use sealed and filled travertine tile, as it’s waterproof and stain resistant. Unfilled or unsealed travertine tile can absorb liquids and stain.

Maintenance and Cost

To care for travertine tile, regularly sweep and damp mop it to remove grime. Also make sure to wipe up spills immediately and reseal it every couple of years to maintain the protective surface. Be careful not to leave acidic liquids, such as coffee, lemon juice, or wine, on travertine. Because it is a type of limestone, exposure to acid can result in discoloration and etching.

Like other natural stone tiles, travertine will cost more than ceramic alternatives. However, it is generally more affordable than slate or marble. Taking its durability and versatility into account, travertine is an excellent choice for Denver owners who want the beauty of natural stone tile without breaking the bank.

Interested in travertine for your home or business? Contact our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Denver South. We serve the Denver, Englewood, Littleton areas and will come out for a free on-site design consultation to help you find the perfect floor for your home and lifestyle needs!

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