Pros and Cons of a Travertine Floor

It is important to know the pros and cons of a travertine floor before determining the suitability of using it for any specific application. Travertine is a type of sedimentary stone, and is made of carbonate compounds. Because of its marble like look, it is very famous as flooring materials.


Travertine comes with wide range of beautiful colors. You can choose from cream, gold, ivory, walnut and many more. Travertine is easy to cut and shape, and allows you to form various patterns. You can go for different finishing options like brushed, shiny, matte with travertine. Travertine tiles do not crack easily; it is both beautiful and durable like marble. Polished travertine tiles allow easy removal of dirt.


There are some disadvantages to be kept in mind. Travertine is naturally porous and susceptible to acids. Even spillage of orange juice and vinegar can cause it to be discolored and etched, which is why many times people do not go for travertine tiles in kitchens and bathrooms. Normally the pores are filled in the factory for a smooth look, and maintenance of the tiles involves filling the pores whenever needed. Keep in mind that wet travertine tiles are slippery.