Types and Uses of Travertine Tiles

One of the most versatile, durable and elegant looking floor cover is none other than the one made from travertine. Not only is this natural stone popularly used to tile and decorate the floor, they look just as appealing when being installed on the walls, backsplashes and on kitchen countertops as well.

Travertine tiles that are installed properly can be long lasting and will not chip or crack easily. Though it can be quite expensive for people with low budgets, it is definitely a comfortable and reasonable price to pay for, considering it adds so much aesthetic value to your home.

Generally, there are four different styles or finishes that you can find in travertine tiles. Each one of them is manufactured with their own unique character, and the following are some ideas of how you can use different types of tile finishes in different places of your home.

Polished Travertine Tiles
Probably the most flat and shiny piece of tile, hence its surface is highly reflective and smooth. It is among the best in quality of travertine tiles because polished tiles are only made from the hardest travertine and they are almost stain resistant. However for a number of reasons, polished tiles are not a good choice for flooring, especially for family with children around because they can become very slippery when they are wet.

Filled and Honed Travertine Tiles
These tiles have the same smooth and flat surface but not as shiny. Instead, they are more of a matte finish. In the manufacturing process, most holes and pores of this natural stone are filled. This makes them more resilient to stains and thus less maintenance is required. Though it does not look glossy, it is still slippery when wet. Most of the time, they are used in the floor and wall of home kitchens, bathrooms and showers.

Tumbled Travertine Tiles
A more decorative style of tiles with rounded edges that is available in various sizes and colors. Usually, this tile is left unfilled after the tumbling process and this gave it a rustic look. Unfilled tiles are regularly used as driveway pavement and patio walkways, while filled ones are great for floors and backsplashes in the kitchens and bathrooms. Due to its rough surface, they are good for paving around the pool too.

Chiseled and Brushed Travertine Tiles
Similar to tumbled tiles, only that the sides of these tiles are chiseled away providing it a highly classical and antiquated look. They are great to be installed on both outdoors and wet areas. Outdoor travertine tiles can be left unfilled as long as they are not exposed to acidic spillage.

Even if we buy tiles that are unfilled, they will still last long when used correctly and are certainly much cheaper than filled ones. A layer of sealer coating may be required for certain areas that are more exposed to moisture or liquids Any travertine tiles you choose have to be cared and maintain with full attention to make sure that your investment does not go to waste. You have to watch for water and acids spills because this porous stone can absorb liquids quickly which may smudge or etch the surface. And finally, do not use abrasive or acidic solutions to clean them, use only stone friendly cleaner to clean the tiles or else the stone might erode.