Natural stone tile is a timeless flooring choice that can be used to achieve any number of aesthetics. Whether it’s marble, travertine, or slate, you can be sure to boost your home’s resale value and enjoy a lifetime of durable flooring with stone tile. Here at Floor Coverings International North Jersey, we love travertine tile in particular for its versatility and natural beauty. Read below to learn if this tile is right for your Paramus home!
What is Travertine Tile?
Travertine is a naturally occurring limestone that forms under heat and pressure, especially around hot springs and caves. This stone is quarried, cut into slabs, and shipped off for further processing to achieve the various forms of tile you’ll find in bathrooms and kitchens across the country. While it is commonly used for flooring, travertine can also be used for backsplashes and countertops.
Travertine tile comes in natural, creamy earth tones, which range from ivory to copper to chocolate. This stone often has a veined patterned and some types can have a porous look. One perk of this tile is that it can come in many different finishes including polished, brushed, honed, and tumbled. Many homeowners love travertine because every tile has a unique appearance thanks to the stone’s natural formation in the earth.
Like most natural stone tile, travertine is incredibly durable. The Coliseum of Rome is made out of travertine and has stood the test of time for centuries. If this stone can last this long untreated in the elements, then imagine how long it can last with the proper care in your home! Travertine is porous, so while it will be incredibly difficult to dent or crack, surface scratches may be visible on smooth or polished travertine tile surfaces.
Travertine tile often comes sealed prior to installation because it is easily stained by liquids. As a porous material, travertine will absorb any liquid spilled on it and could potentially trap any debris or color that comes along with the spill. However, sealed travertine will be safe to install in water-prone rooms like the bathroom and kitchen.
Travertine tile reacts negatively to acidic substances like vinegar and citrus. These substances can permanently stain your travertine tile or countertops. Keep this in mind when deciding where to place your new tile.
As with many stone tile floors, travertine will require the proper care to keep it looking in tip-top shape. Regularly sweep or dust away debris to avoid scratches caused by particles and grime. Reseal your travertine every 3 to 5 years to keep it safe from staining. Finally, always be sure to clean spills off of your travertine tile surfaces quickly, and never use acid-based cleaners to treat them.
Get Started in Paramus Today
Travertine tile flooring is a long lasting material that can make for a beautiful and elegant addition to any Paramus home. Contact Floor Coverings International North Jersey today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you choose the perfect tile for your household. We proudly serve the greater Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey areas.
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