Travertine tile is one of the most popular natural stones used in flooring. It is actually part of the limestone family, another natural stone, and is sometimes referred to as travertine limestone or travertine marble. All of these names are the same stone. It is a timeless material with popularity dating back to the Roman Empire. As a matter of fact, the Roman Coliseum is mostly comprised of travertine! Here, at Corlew and Perry, you will find experts ready to help you with all your travertine and natural stone questions.
Travertine is formed by underground water systems, much like marble. Its colors range from a creamy white to warm, deep browns. A characteristic of travertine tile is the pores that occur when it is formed. Some customers choose to have the travertine “honed and filled” resulting in the smoother texture, while others prefer the pitted holes and troughs of the natural stone. It really boils down to personal preference and style. Travertine tile can be ordered “filled” or “unfilled” in most tile flooring sizes. It can also be left in its most natural form, or it can be polished (honed) to a smooth, shiny finish. Either way, the colors are exquisite.
It is important with any natural stone, including travertine, that you have it sealed. This prevents cracking and splitting, it protects it from moisture damage, and it helps to guard against stains. Should anything spill on travertine floors, quick clean up is the best protection against staining. Dry mopping and if needed, a mild soap and water solution should suffice.
Travertine tile is a very popular choice for all the above-mentioned reasons, but there are other natural stone choices that boast similar benefits. Slate, Marble, Sandstone, and limestone are some other great natural stone flooring choices. Expect color variances with all natural stone. This is a beautiful characteristic of stone and will always give you a unique layout.
When choosing tile flooring, choose the team at Corlew and Perry. With nearly 100 years in the flooring industry, we are certain we can answer your questions and help you select the perfect floor for your home.