The Basics

The Friction and Slip Resistance of Travertine Tile

Is Travertine Right For Me?

Types and Grades of Travertine

How Travertine Tile is Made

Travertine Flooring History

About Travertine Tile

Buying Help

Travertine Buying Checklist

Travertine Buying Guide

Colors, Finishes, and More

Install, Care & Repair

Travertine Tile For Bathrooms And Beyond

Travertine Tile Installation Tips

Travertine: Pro or DIY?

Travertine Cleaning and Maintenance

How to Repair and Replace Travertine Tile

Travertine Resources

Travertine FAQ

Travertine Tile Glossary

Travertine Tile Videos

About Travertine Tile

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Travertine is a form of limestone with unique porous veins that give the milled tile their beauty. The stone is found in a wide variety of natural colors, and four different finishes may be applied to individual tiles. Travertine has long been used in many of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Today, in addition to being an excellent flooring material, travertine tiles may also be used as pavers, countertops, stair treads, columns, sinks, and even bathtubs.

Product Perception

Italian travertine and marble is generally perceived to be of the highest quality because the quarries and manufacturing centers are well established. Turkey has a large amount of travertine and is home to many of the most skilled quarries in the world. Brazilian travertine is thought to be of a lower quality, followed by the stone quarried in Mexico, mostly due to the lower quality of workmanship.

Natural stone derived from limestone, such as travertine, is perceived to be a luxury item and is used in residential and commercial spaces to achieve a visual effect that communicates success, good taste, and affluence. However, because the stone is porous, the possibility of staining is present. This has led to the overall perception that travertine is a luxurious surface that lacks practicality. Fortunately, modern methods of milling and sealing the stone make staining much less worrisome leaving one with simply the aspect of luxury.

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Travertine Benefits

  • Travertine provides a durable surface with a proven history of longevity.
  • Travertine provides additional structural strength to property.
  • The natural travertine colors and patterns vary from surface to surface making each installment unique.
  • Natural stone increases the resale value of properties.
  • Travertine instills a sense of pride in ownership, because of its authenticity.

Popular Applications

  • Flooring – Travertine can be used in entrances, hallways, foyers, as well as living spaces.
  • Wall Cladding – Travertine can be used in exterior and interior spaces.
  • Shower Stalls
  • Pavers
  • Fixtures

Check Out These Resources

Are you looking for flooring with a unique pattern? We have put together a number of informative resources to help you decide if travertine flooring is right for you. Tile flooring is one of the most durable available, so making the right decision is critical.

Types – Learn about the different types of travertine

Buying Guide – Learn how to make an informed travertine tile purchase decision

Installation Guide – Learn how to install travertine tile

Cleaning & Care – Find out how easy it is to care for a travertine floor

Glossary – Familiarize yourself with common travertine tile terms

Related posts:

  1. How Travertine Tile is Made
  2. Is Travertine Right For Me?
  3. Types and Grades of Travertine

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Nancy July 18, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I am looking for a piece of travertine tile to use in my oven, as a pizza stone. My home improvement store clerk told me they have a filler in them to make them smooth. What is this filler, and is it food safe?

Lachlan Dobie August 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

Thanks for sharing your solution.I hope it can help us in future

Mark August 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

From my experience I have noticed that Turkish Travertine tends to be the most consistent, highest quality travertine on the market. Generally more for travertine pavers then tiles however.

Bud Coleman September 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I have 4-5 cracks in my marble floor. The floor is 23 years old.The cracks range in length from 12″ to 50″. The tile was installed on a concrete floor. I suspect the cracks are reflective cracks from the concrete below. What is the best way to repair these cracks?

crolyn September 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I need a professional to clean and seal my travertine and marble. Can you recommend someone in the Raleigh area?

Rob Jones September 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Not sure on that one. But you could try to find one here:

Kendall January 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I have a concrete porch that I would like to tile. I found an awesome premium quality travertine medallion by MS International. Apparently it’s frost resistant and it says ok for outdoors. It would be installed on top of concrete which will have all sealer removed first. Just making sure it would be ok in zone 7 climate and would like your opinion. This will also help decide what to do with out walkway and driveway next year.

Thank you

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