Thursday, November 28, 2013

Available Tile Choices - Travertine

The Benefits of Travertine Tile

Another elegant natural stone material that makes a great floor covering is travertine. This stone, when used in a home can increase, not only the appeal, but also the value of a home. Although it is one of the more expensive floor coverings, many home owners choose this beautiful stone to decorate kitchens or bathrooms. Here are a few reasons why this natural stone surface material might be a good choice for you.

One benefit that we just alluded to is that travertine adds value to the home in the eyes of both the home owner and many potential home buyers. For many reasons, travertine is a relatively safe material. One property that qualifies it as a safe floor covering is that, compared to its lower priced counterparts, it has better grip. Travertine is a natural stone and is porous whereas ceramic tile, for example, is smooth and can become very slippery when wet. Compared to carpeting, it is less conducive to allergies, because it is a hard surface.

Other benefits of travertine flooring are more of a question of taste and maintenance. For example, ceramic tile is more of a fashion material because the tile manufacturers change the designs and patterns every few years. Now some people might think that this is a good thing because who wants to have the same tile as everyone else? However, these changes in the designs 'date' the older styles and even if the flooring is newer looking, the style and pattern of the tile itself gives away its age.

Finally, travertine flooring stacks up well against natural hardwood since termites really do not have an appetite for stone like they do wood. So, there is no need to worry about the little pests devouring your floors.

So, if you are willing to shell out a bit more cash for this higher-end material, it can prove to be a great, timeless surface in your home.

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