Marble Vs Travertine Tiles
Last Updated Sep 2, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
If you want to use the beauty of natural stone in or around your home, marble or travertine tiles are perfect. Each has their own advantages which we’ve outlined here. Read on for more.
About Marble Tiles
Marble tiles are one of the most popular natural stone tiles used in the household and for good reason. Marble has a natural beauty and luxury that is almost unparalleled by any other material. Marble tiles are most commonly used for flooring but they can also be used on walls and splashbacks, and even as tiling for a countertop. You can also use it outdoors if you wish. Marble tiles are available in a wide range of colours including whites, blacks, greys, pinks, creams, blues, and even greens. You’ll also find a huge range of patterns available as marble is a veined stone, and the veining will be different in each and every tile. Simply put, every marble tile surface will look different, even if using tiles from the same batch!
Marble tiles aren’t just popular for how beautiful they are though. They are also popular because they are a natural material that is completely resistant to bacteria, allergens and moisture when it is properly sealed. Marble tiles are very easy to keep clean as all you need to do is to keep it free from dirt and dust (by sweeping it up or wiping it off depending on where it is), and to wash it with a damp mop or cloth. You should never use abrasive cleaners on your marble as it will cause it to stain and scratch. Sealing marble is something that absolutely must be done as it is quite a porous stone, but the sealant gives it a beautiful, high gloss shine. Sealants must be applied yearly in most cases. However, marble is a strong, durable stone that is virtually indestructible and it will last for longer than your lifetime if you give it proper care.
About Travertine Tiles
Travertine is a “wild” looking stone that is very strong and durable. It is very beautiful and comes in different colours including beiges, ivories, creams, whites, browns, reds, and golds. Travertine tiles can be honed (polished to a smooth surface) or non-honed (left as a more rustic surface). Non-honed travertine tiles are commonly used outdoors as they are non-slip and therefore safer to walk upon. Their natural beauty and slip resistance often sees them being used around pool areas but they are also commonly used in entertaining areas. Honed travertine tiles are commonly used indoors, mainly as flooring, and they are sealed to enhance the natural colours and also to ensure that they are non-porous.
Travertine tiles are a great choice as, being natural stone, they will not weather or deteriorate over time. Also, the colour is all the way through the tiles and they will not fade or grow dull over time. In fact, they just get better with age! Your travertine tiles will look better or at least the same, in decades to come. How many other tiles do you know of that can do that? If you are using travertine tiles outdoors, they are very little maintenance. All you have to do is hose them off from time to time. However, if you are using travertine tiles inside, you will need to have them re-sealed regularly – every year or so. This will ensure that they remain non-porous and that they keep their moisture resistance. Other than that, it is just a matter of sweeping up or wiping off dirt regularly, and mopping or wiping the tiles with a damp cloth to keep them clean.
To compare marble and travertine tiles side by side, visit a local tile supplier
Image courtesy of RMS Natural Stone.