Classic, earth-toned travertine tile can add a Mediterranean look to any Chandler home. Travertine is a natural stone that has been used for flooring since the days of ancient Rome, and continues to be a popular choice today. Like any flooring material, it has its advantages and its quirks, so it’s a good idea to do your homework before purchasing travertine. Here are some tips from our team at Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert to get you started:
About Travertine Tile
Appearance: Travertine tends to be a warm, earthy beige color, though it may have lighter or darker streaks throughout. The traditional variety has a matte finish, but you can also find travertine tile in glossy or unfinished forms. Generally, travertine tile brings to mind Old World buildings and Mediterranean villas with its natural and weathered appearance.
Durability: Travertine tile can last for decades if properly maintained. It can handle moisture, heavy foot traffic, and fluctuations in temperature and humidity, so it works for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways… you name it!
Price: Like other types of natural stone (such as marble, granite, or slate), travertine can get pricey. However, its durability and potential to last for decades can still make it a good value.
Maintenance: Travertine is durable, but it isn’t indestructible. If not properly cared for, it can chip and its surface can become dull. Since travertine tile is porous, you should have it sealed or polished regularly to protect it from moisture and dirt. You should also use a special stone cleaner and a soft cloth to clean travertine floors. Avoid harsh, acidic cleaners and abrasive tools, which can damage natural stone.
For more information about travertine and other natural stone options, give us a call! Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert provides free consultations and estimates to Chandler area homeowners.
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