Travertine tile has been used for thousands of years. Chances are if you picture Italian architecture, you are picturing travertine tile. Several ancient Roman monuments were made with travertine, including the Colosseum. Today, homeowners in the greater Buckhead, Atlanta, Midtown area choose travertine tile to add a natural, rustic charm to their living areas. Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta is here to help as you consider the design opportunities travertine tile has to offer for your home.
What is Travertine?
Travertine tile causes some confusion due to its naming variation as well as its natural stone and ceramic or porcelain options. Travertine tile is sometimes referred to as travertine limestone or travertine marble, but these names refer to the same product. Natural stone travertine is a type of limestone, which is a sedimentary rock. Contrary to naming conventions, it is not a type of marble.
Travertine forms in hot springs by deposited carbonate minerals. Yellowstone National Park is one location with naturally occurring travertine stone. Within the tile industry, travertine originates from Italy, Turkey, Iran, Mexico, and Peru. It is mined from quarries as large stone blocks, which are then cut and honed into various sizes.
Uses in the Home
Travertine has a light color palette ranging from ivory, to beige, to light golden brown. The natural stone tile has a random shade and texture variation, providing a unique look. The edges are often slightly rounded, and the surface of travertine can have holes and depressions depending on how much the tile surface was honed. This weathered look is popular for use in outdoor areas such as patios or walkways. Travertine tile is also used for indoor flooring, backsplashes, and walls.
Travertine tile absorbs moisture due to its porosity. Because of this, as well as its light color, it stains easily when not properly sealed. Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners when cleaning travertine tile. We recommend cleaning simply with a broom and damp mop. For areas which need moisture-resistant tile consider using porcelain or ceramic options with travertine coloring.
Your Local Atlanta Tile Experts
If you are looking to add travertine tile to your home call the experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta. Our design associates can help you select the best tile during your free in-home design consultation. We bring hundreds of tile samples straight to your home in our mobile flooring showroom.
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