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Travertine Tiles Paving History

From the Roman Colosseum to your living room floor,

travertine has paved many a garden path throughout history. Yet beyond pavers

and garden paths, travertine is also a natural

stone flooring option. It is sometimes referred to as travertine-marble or

travertine-limestone, although it is neither limestone nor marble.

What sets travertine apart from other stone tiles is its

rough textures, even characterized by naturally occurring holes and troughs in

its surface. Some contractors will fill

these with grout, others will leave them be; much depends on the aesthetic aims

of the homeowner. When purchasing travertine tiles, be sure to differentiate

between “filled” or “unfilled.”

All porousness aside, travertine can be polished to a

smooth, shiny surface. It comes in an array of colors common to natural stone

flooring, ranging from gray to red. Like limestone,

unsealed travertine is susceptible to acidic cleansers. Polished travertine may

be slippery when wet.

Travertine tiles may also be honed to provide a more flat

finish. Possible manufactured textures include brushed and tumbled. In hardness

travertine is comparable to marble and is sometimes used as a mosaic flooring

because the smaller tiles help stave off cracking and chipping.



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