What are the pros and cons of travertine tile?

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The pros of travertine tile include its timeless look, resilience in the face of extreme temperatures and minimal skidding while the cons include a high level of reactivity in the presence of weak acids as well as natural flaws that keep the pattern and color from appearing uniform. The decision about where to use travertine tile varies from one homeowner to the next as the aesthetic benefits must weigh against the practical ones.

Travertine tile does not require sealer and keeps its fine appearance longer than a lot of building materials, particularly on outside walls. It appears weathered and old already, giving a unique look to newer structures, and the appearance is not likely to change for centuries. The aesthetics of natural stone have stood the test of time, particularly in comparison to modern materials like concrete. Even when it is in direct sun, travertine tile remains cool, making it a useful material for park benches and swimming pools. This also gives it excellent insulating properties.

Because travertine is made of calcium carbonate, travertine counter tops and floors are likely to experience damage if orange juice, vinegar and other acids are spilled on them. Quality sealers provide some protection, but it is important to reapply on a regularly basis.

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Pros & Cons of Travertine Tile
Travertine is a popular building material that is used in everything from floors to countertops to sinks. It is warm, elegant and durable, but as with most stone surfaces, it requires a degree of extra care to maintain its natural beauty.... More »
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