Travertine is a derivative of Limestone and is a natural stone. It forms due to the rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate. Travertine tiles can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. These tiles are associated with a number of advantages and disadvantages:
- Look: Travertine tiles feature natural pits and voids on their surface which gives each tile a unique identity. The tiles are available in a soft palette of colours, featuring tans, beiges, greys, and speckled off-white hues. This natural stone adds a sense of age and prestige to any space
- Durability: Travertine tiles don't show significant damage from scratches, cracks or chips. While the tile does weather over time, this weathering effect is widely admired and gives the tile a distinct character. However, this weathering effect can also be prevented with regular maintenance and by re-sealing the tile regularly. With the proper care, this tile will last for years.
- Ease of repair: Broken tiles can easily be removed and replaced. For these cases, it is recommended that after the initial installation, several extra tiles are kept.
- Complicated maintenance: Travertine is a porous material and so it is recommended that the tile is re-sealed regularly to avoid staining.
- Installation: Travertine tiles are heavy, which makes the installation process difficult and time-consuming. It is therefore recommended that these tiles are professionally fitted.
- Expense: In terms of pricing, Travertine tiles fall in the mid-range of natural stone but are often priced at the high end of general flooring materials.
- Coldness: Travertine tiles retain heat and cold very well. This can make walking on the tile uncomfortable on chilly mornings. However, the tile is a fantastic conductor of heat from underfloor heating systems.