Whereas you might install vinyl, laminate, or even engineered flooring with an eye toward eventual reinstallation, travertine flooring goes on and stays on. If travertine was good enough for the Romans, it's good enough for you.
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Travertine Tile MaintenanceI think of travertine flooring as "adult flooring." Spill some orange juice on unpolished travertine floor tiles? Good luck. Dog poop on it? You'll have a hard time cleaning it up. Yet polished travertine flooring is too slippery for most households with children or pets (ever seen a dog run into the house after a rain, and go sliding across the floor?). Even for us supposedly "stable" adults, polished travertine can be difficult to negotiate.
Essential Facts - Travertine Floor
- Durable: As with any other stone, travertine is tough stuff. Still, within the scope of stone, travertine is a limestone, which means that it is fairly soft and thus is prone to chipping and scratching.
- Heavy: A 12" x 12" tile or sheet of travertine mosaic can weigh as much as 5 lbs.
- Expensive: All travertine floor tiles are considered luxury building items, and come at a premium price. Expect to pay as much, or more, than granite.
- Porous: Travertine flooring is porous, meaning that unsealed and unpolished travertine in the kitchen may not be the best idea.
- Traction: Unpolished travertine has excellent traction. Yet as mentioned above, it's porous, can trap dirt, and be difficult to clean. Yet polished travertine flooring is exceedingly slippery.
- Children/Pets: Travertine flooring tends to work best in households without kids or pets because it is so hard to maintain.