Sunday 17 June 2018
Should you consider Travertine in your home?
Is Travertine a tile that you would want in your home and do you know much about it? What even is Travertine?
Travertine is often sold under a few different names including Limestone or Marble and it is 100% a natural stone. Which is it? The answer is neither and this is the chance to test the knowledge of the person trying to sell you tiles. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or sometimes Limestone Caves. All this means is that Limestone has been altered by the pressure and heat. Marble also started off as Limestone but through metamorphosis was altered through extreme temperatures and pressure.
How will you know if you are looking at Travertine or Limestone? The key characteristic of Travertine is the honeycomb-like structure which is caused by the precipitation of Calcium Carbonate. This is not a Hollywood blockbuster but it does give a quick explanation of Travertine
Travertine is a very hygienic option for flooring. It contains lime and does not contain bacterias. You can have various finishes to include polished, honed, tumbled and brushed. Prices of travertine can be very attractive and many variations are now cheaper than imitation tiles such as porcelain.
There are some downsides to Travertine as with any natural material. Travertine needs to be cared for in a thoughtful way. They should 100% be sealed following installation with a range of finishes available. You can read on this blog post the important questions to ask your installer.
Make sure that the installer has solid experience in laying stone tiles as they are softer than say porcelain flooring. If the subfloor is not constructed properly or movement is allowed then you will see cracks beginning fairly soon. Also, ask your installer if they are going to use mats under the tiles which are known as anti-crack matting. Travertine can be very easy to install providing the correct techniques are used.
You cannot use anything acidic to clean Travertine tiles with. If you use for example vinegar (yes many people do) then it will etch the stone. Even spilling something acidic in the kitchen and not cleaning it up will likely lead to damage. This is why it is so important to have the floor sealed correctly and with the correct product to protect your investment.
I mention investment as that is what the floor is. As Travertine is a natural stone it will last and last and likely last longer than you own your house. If cared for correctly then the stone will keep looking it’s best for years to come. If you already have stone or tiles then you can find out how to maintain them correctly and easily.
Did you know that you can also select Travertine for external use on your patio for example? Just make sure that they are 30mm thick.
If you have Travertine and the tiles were supplied with a polished look then over time the polished look may have faded. As with a recent blog post, I explained that using bleach will dull the polished look down. This is something that Squirrel Property can help with. Using high-quality diamond impregnated pads we can machine polish your stone to the desired shine.
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