Starting any home project can be a bit overwhelming with so many flooring options and designs. Choosing the right materials and making sure it fits your home can be challenging and this is no exception when it comes to flooring. Not only are there many floor covering options, when you do decide what category to go with, there are still hundreds of thousands of combinations to choose from within those categories. Today we are talking about stone. Stone is a very popular option gaining in popularity for it elegant looks and durable finish. Two of the most popular stone options are travertine and marble.
So what is travertine and why is it the best option for an outdoor deck or patio? Travertine is a porous type of limestone rock typically found in Europe, but also quarried in the U.S. It usually forms in caves or around hot springs. Unlike most natural stone tiles, travertine is extremely durable and very easy to clean. Regardless of which type of tile you choose. Travertine tile is great for outdoor projects because of its ability to absorb water and stains. You can also choose the honed and filed tiles, which are great for the inside of your home because of its smooth beautiful finish.
There are many benefits of using travertine as opposed to conventional marble tiles. First is travertine’s versatility. Marble tiles are typically used only for indoor flooring and travertine can be used both indoors and outdoors. Marble is a very porous rock that needs to be sealed. If not, marble can easily deteriorate. On the other hand, travertine can be either sealed or left with its natural finish. This works perfectly for any areas that would be getting wet, like an outdoor patio with a pool. Travertine is much more durable than marble and does not deteriorate over time. This ensures that your home will keep its beautiful look.
Marble tiles can be very expensive especially when using them to cover an entire flooring area. You should expect to spend anywhere from $7.40 – $14.10 per square foot of marble tile, which can easily add up and drain your pockets. At half the cost, Travertine tile is much more durable and has more longevity than marble. This makes remodeling your home much more affordable and leaves some extra money in your pocket for added improvements.
When choosing a stone floor for your kitchen, family room, bathrooms or whole house, make sure you consider the uses within that room when making your choice and consider the long term care requirements for stone. Be sure to talk over the potential scenarios with your FIne Floorz consultant so you can fully understand which choice is best for you.