luxury bathroom with travertine tileTile is one of the most popular flooring choices in the greater Houston Heights area, and it’s no surprise! Tile provides you with great flexibility and can be installed nearly anywhere in your home.

At Floor Coverings International Houston Heights, we’re dedicated to helping homeowners and businesses alike find the perfect flooring for their needs. Here, we explore travertine tile, a beautiful flooring solution that’s strong enough to withstand the test of time!

What is Travertine?

Travertine is a sedimentary rock closely related to limestone that is formed over time in geothermal mineral and hot springs. It’s a naturally porous stone that has been used for centuries as a building material throughout Europe and the Middle East. The majority of travertine imported to the United States comes from well-known travertine quarries found in Italy, Turkey, Armenia, and Mexico.

Design and Applications

Travertine’s colors range from light tans to ivories, with variation between colors on each tile. The result is a beautiful flooring that can add intrigue to many parts of your home, including kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and entryways. Travertine is also a great option for outdoor patios and walkways and looks great next to water features.

Inside your home, travertine can be finished a variety of ways: polished, for a brilliantly shiny surface, honed and filled, for a uniform surface with an almost satin appearance, or tumbled, for a more unique, timeworn look. Consult one of our Design Associates and they will help you find the best option for your home!

Other Considerations

  • Because travertine is naturally porous, it can chip and crack if not properly maintained. Be careful to clean up spills as quickly as possible to avoid staining the light-colored surface.
  • Travertine is more expensive than other tile choices, such as ceramic or porcelain tile, although it’s highly durable and will outlast many man-made flooring materials.
  • Like other natural stone, travertine is more difficult to install than other tiles, especially due to its weight, and is not recommended for the weekend warrior. Luckily, our skilled tile team is here to help!

Learn More

Travertine is a beautiful tile option that will last for years to come. Get in touch with your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights to find the perfect travertine or other types of flooring for your needs! We proudly serve the greater Greater Heights, Montrose, Upper Kirby, Museum District, and Downtown areas.

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