travertine tile flooring

Here at Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company, we’re always on the lookout for what’s hot in tile. And right now, we’re seeing a lot of people ask for travertine tile. Read our quick guide below, and you’ll learn everything you need to know about installing travertine tile in your home.

What’s Travertine Tile, And Why’s It So Hot?

Travertine is a kind of limestone that forms near mineral spring deposits. It comes in a variety of different natural colors, including browns, beiges, off-whites, grays, and rust.

Travertine tile is hot right now because it’s natural, eco-friendly, recyclable and biodegradable. As more and more folks are getting concerned about the environment, natural tile materials are rising in popularity. (That — and they’re just plain beautiful!)

Where Do People Use Travertine Tile?

anywhere tile flooring is used! Travertine tile is most popular in kitchens and bathrooms, on walls, floors, or countertops.

Pros of Travertine Floor Tile

  • Travertine tile is all natural. As we mentioned above, travertine is found near mineral springs and is 100% recyclable and biodegradable.
  • Easy to replace. Because travertine tile is natural and fairly uniform, it isn’t hard to match replacement tile to your existing tile. It’s also easy to cut and shape, which makes it perfect for small or unusually shaped spaces, like half-baths or kitchen pantries.
  • Subtly beautiful. Because travertine naturally comes in muted shades, it has the ability to add depth to your design without overwhelming it.
  • Durable. Travertine tile is often considered more beautiful as it weathers, which means as long as you take good care of it and use a good sealant, your tile won’t need large-scale replacements over time.

travertine tile available at crystal bath and shower wilmington ncCons of Travertine Floor Tile

  • Travertine tile is porous. This gives the tile its texture—which is one of the features people like most—but it also makes its maintenance more complicated than other tiles. Travertine tile requires a good sealant to keep it from staining or accruing water damage.
  • On the expensive side. In terms of natural stone options, travertine tile is in the middle range, but it can be expensive compared to other materials, such as vinyl or laminates.
  • Heavy. Due to the weight of the natural material, travertine tiles can be costly and time-consuming to install. Depending on your home, this added weight may restrict it to ground-floor installations.

If you’re interested in installing travertine floor tile in your home, look no further than Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company! Stop by our showroom today, and let our experts lead the way.