Natural stone is designed to last a lifetime. Over the years it has become more affordable and increasingly popular as a floor and wall decorative option and not surprisingly, more and more people are considering natural stone for their homes.
The first thing you will discover when you start Dallas granite or Albuquerque tile searching is that there really are several different types of natural stone worthy of your time and consideration. Choices include limestone, slate, travertine, quartz, or marble, and that’s before you get to the highly practical and varied choices of man made products such as porcelain. For this reason it can be tough to decide what is best for your needs.
So for the purposes of this article, let’s take a look at travertine and marble, two of the most popular natural stone tiles.
What is travertine?
It’s a sedimentary rock derived from limestone. Travertine naturally comes to the surface when it is forced up through the substrata by mighty, springs, rivers, and powerful geysers. Natural stone such as travertine, limestone, and marble are all derived from the same group of stones. Travertine is formed over thousands of years by the pressure on limestone.
Similarly, marble evolves from the pressurized travertine. These beautiful natural stones are very similar in properties and characteristics, but marble is considered tougher and tends to be more costly than travertine.
If you are confused about the difference between marble and travertine, consider these important differences between the two.
1) Travertine is more readily available than marble and therefore is significantly cheaper.
2) Marble is considered to be a tougher and more hard-wearing natural stone and can be used for major commercial developments. Travertine on the other hand, is really only suitable for domestic use.
3) Because Travertine naturally has small holes in it, it can be more susceptible to absorbing dirt and spills, so it’s essential that it is professionally installed and thoroughly sealed to ensure proper protection from all external elements.
4) Ironically, although marble is tougher, it’s also more fragile. This is part of the reason that processing marble is so much more costly. There is the constant threat of breakages and product losses during transportation and even storage, so this inflates the price somewhat. Also, epoxy resin has to be used on the reverse of marble tiling.
5) Due to the softer content of travertine, the stone is that much easier to process. For that reason there is a wide variety of different types of tile made from travertine available on the market. Some are filled, polished, chiseled, pillowed, filled, honed or tumbled, whereas marble tends to be finished only in a polished or honed finish.
6) Marble, although porous and susceptible to stains unless care is taken, is more durable and will last for years and years when fitted.
If you were forced to choose between travertine and marble while Dallas granite shopping and comparing, overall, marble would be the best stone to go for if you can afford the higher cost.
On the other hand, do not discount travertine as it does come in a great selection of colors and finishes and its versatility might work in your favor for an ambitious re-decorating project.
Basically the choice boils down to the variety and finish of travertine, next to the beauty and durability of marble. Therefore the choice is between price and practicality. So if you find the price of marble too costly, travertine remains a great and affordable option. When installed professionally, travertine tiles can look great for a lifetime and can transform every room into which they are introduced.
Travertine really looks stunning and its variety and cost has made it a hugely popular choice in recent years. Travertine floor tiles are often used on areas such as kitchens, principally for floors, backsplashes and for gleaming kitchen countertops. While you are Albuquerque tile shopping, ask your local dealer to show you some examples of travertine, and then compare this all natural stone with other stones such as marble to appreciate the difference between the two. Travertine floor tiles look great in any part of the place home.
So now that you understand the differences between marble and travertine you can be guided by your own instincts and taste. For versatility, lasting beauty and durability, think travertine. For color – including beautiful reddish brown, gold, beige and ivory to beige colors and tints, for choice and finish, also consider travertine provided you have a professional craftsman install it properly and seal it for lasting protection.
On the other hand, if you insist on only the most costly and durable option, then the lasting gleam and sheen of pure sleek marble could be your perfect choice. Again, because it is a fragile stone to fit, always ask a professional to undertake the tiling project for you. With the cost of marble as it is – at least $60 per square foot, – you really don’t want the headache of a lot of broken tiles on your hands
Paul Chapman is a fantastic DIY enthusiast who has spent most of his waking hours in home improvements.