Travertine is a type of limestone that forms in deposits around mineral springs. The deposits bind together to create blocks that can be quarried and transformed into tile. No two pieces of travertine are exactly alike, making it a perfect choice for creating a unique look in your space. Travertine has been a long time favorite for decorating and can be found in famous structures around the world, including the Colosseum in Rome and the Willis Tower (i.e. the Sears Tower) in Chicago. Today it remains a popular choice for Medford owners looking for elegant tile flooring and backsplashes. Want to learn more? The experts at Floor Coverings International Klamath Falls are here to help you decide if travertine is the right choice for you!
When selecting travertine, you’ll need to make a few decisions to make sure the tile matches your project needs:
- First, travertine naturally comes in a range of colors, from rich browns to light silvers, as well as greens and reds. The natural tones can also be artificially enhanced for a more dramatic appearance.
- Once you’ve decided on a color, you should also consider the finish. For example, tumbled travertine has a more natural appearance with a lot of texture and no shine. Polished travertine has a reflective surface similar to marble. Honed travertine has a smooth, low-shine matte look.
- Because it is a porous material, you will also need to decide if you want the travertine to be filled or not. Unfilled travertine tiles preserves the naturally occurring holes and texture of the stone. Filled travertine uses hardeners to fill the holes and smooth out irregularities.
- The final decision is whether or not to seal the tiles. This is an important consideration since it can affect the performance of the tile.
The result of these decisions will be an elegant, custom, tile floor or surface that’s unique to your space.
Like other types of limestone, travertine is primarily formed out of calcium carbonate, and as such, unsealed travertine will react to acidic substance — such as coffee, fruit juice, wine, etc. If unsealed travertine is exposed to acidic materials, it can result in staining or even surface damage. The easiest way to prevent this is to only install sealed travertine in areas like kitchens or bathrooms, and to make sure to follow manufacturer instructions for maintenance.
Travertine tile can be a beautiful addition to your home or office. If you are interested in learning more, contact Floor Coverings International Klamath Falls to schedule a free design consultation. We serve the Klamath Falls, Lakeview, and Medford, Oregon areas and will come out to you with samples to view on site to find the perfect match for your project!