Travertine tile flooring is an increasingly popular natural stone flooring option. You can see pictures of travertine flooring hitting the trending images sections of websites such as Pinterest and Houzz all the time. As flooring industry leaders, Floor Coverings International of Jupiter and West Palm Beach, FL are up to date on all of the travertine tile flooring trends. This post will explore the various finishes available for travertine tile so that you can decide which travertine type is right for you.
Polished Travertine Flooring
Polished travertine tile flooring is, as the name would imply, polished to a high gloss. This is not the most common sort of travertine flooring, and is not what people usually think of when they think travertine. Polished travertine is very smooth and reflective, and tends to look more sleek and elegant than other travertine finishes. Because there is so much more polishing and sealing, polished travertine tends to be more stain resistant than other finishes, and also tends to emphasize the color of the travertine, the way a wet rock looks more vibrant than when it is dry. On the downside, polished travertine can be incredibly slippery, so it may not be suitable for people with small children.
Honed Travertine Flooring
Honed travertine is also ground and polished, but not to the extent of polished travertine. The surface is matte rather than glossy, and it doesn’t reflect much light at all. Honed travertine is the most common style of travertine, and is probably the style of finish that comes to mind when you first think of travertine. The surface is smooth and cool, as well as slip resistant. If it is not sealed though, it can be prone to stains, especially from acidic substances like juice, coffee, or wine.
Brushed Travertine Flooring
Brushed travertine tiles have a textured surface that is created by deliberate abrasion from a wire brush. This finish ensures that the surface of the tile is even more resistant to slippage than honed travertine, and is not reflective.
Tumbled Travertine Flooring
The roughest of the travertine finish options, tumbled travertine is quite literally tumbled with other material such as rocks and gravel. This method results in even an even rougher surface, and emphasized the look of age, wear, and weathering. This is a great finishing option for travertine that will be outdoors, as it will be more resilient to damage, not showing chips and scratches.
Chiseled Travertine Flooring
Unlike the previous surfaces, this refers to the edges of the travertine tile, rather than the surface. Unlike travertine tiles that have smooth cut, beveled edges, tiles with chiseled edges will have rough sides, which will emphasize the rustic look of the tiles in the same manner as tumbling will do to the surface.
Travertine in its natural state is porous and covered with tiny holes. This can be problematic, as the stone will absorb moisture and stain easily. I travertine is filled, that means that all of the natural pores in the travertine are filled with resin or cement in order to produce and even and solid surface, which water and other liquids will not penetrate. Filled travertine is much more durable than unfilled travertine.
Whether you want glossy polish or rustic tumbled, choose Floor Coverings International of Jupiter and West Palm Beach to help you with the installation of your new travertine tile floors.