Installing Travertine Tiles

Travertine tiles are one of the many great choices for kitchen flooring due to their attractive and warm appearance, affordability and extreme durability. This natural stone is special because it belongs to the limestone family and they have been greatly used since the Roman times. Whether it's for a home renovation project or building a new kitchen, travertine tiles are an ideal flooring selection. Below are several types and styles of travertine tiles available in the market that you may come across.

They are namely brushed, tumbled, filled, honed and polished travertine tiles which are the types of finishing we can get as the end product. Brushed and tumbled types are rough surface tiles. They feel and appear to be more textured. Honed and filled travertine tiles on the hand are smoother and have a matte surface look. Lastly, there is the polished tile which is the smoothest with a highly reflective surface.

Although it is quite easy to get the tiles installed, it still requires some good DIY experience and skills. Shipping these tiles to your door step can be another concern because these tiles are naturally soft and an accidental bump can sometimes chip or break them. So it is best to ship them in smaller sizes and possibly go for a tile hardness rating of at least four.

Travertine tiles have to be cared properly in order to stay in good condition and for them to keep looking stunning and beautiful. One of the main problems is that they are prone to acids and even water will stain the stone. That is why users will have to wipe of the spills immediately and put coasters under all kind of drinks whenever possible. Also, it is better to regularly clean the floor using a dry dust mop, stone cleaner and vacuum.

Besides staining, travertine tiles will easily get scratches too but luckily any damages done can be repaired on these tiles without much difficulty. Today, we can buy tiles from any home improvement store and most of them have been factory sealed of filled. Hence no sealant is required during installation until you find that the stone starts to absorb water. If you are getting travertine tiles other than the polished type, be sure to have them sealed at least twice a year in order to give them the extra protection.