Which Tile to Choose – Marble or Travertine

Are you looking to buy flooring for your home? It can be a daunting task to choose what the best flooring type is when you have so many choices. There is always a debate, whether travertine is a good option or marble. You can find below the comparison between the two and choose what is best suited for you.

Travertine is developed from hot mineral springs and is from the limestone family, whereas marble is a rock that is formed when it is exposed to high temperatures. The end product is a smooth and refined stone.

Travertine is a natural stone and therefore extremely strong when compared to other flooring types like wood, vinyl and even marble. Marble is durable but not as much when compared to travertine. When compared to marble the cost of travertine is much less. Travertine’s texture is different that adds an antique feel to your home whereas marble gives it a classic and an elegant look.

Travertine tile offers a variety of different finishes like polished tiles, honed tiles and brushed. The texture of the tile depends on the finish; the textures can vary from rugged to glossy. Travertine comes in silver, ivory and walnut shades. Marble also comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns. The polished finish in marble is more solid whereas the honed finish is resistant to slips.

Travertine Tile Flooring Travertine tiles can be used in living halls, foyers, entrances. They are considered to be good conductors of heat, thus can be used outdoors depending on the climate. Marble is more useful inside the house, like in bathrooms, kitchens, hallways. Marble tiles are cool surfaces and can be used in areas that get very hot and humid.

One thing common between travertine and marble is that each tile is unique. For either of the flooring, professional help is needed for installation.

Travertine tiles should be first cleaned with a dry mop and when it has to be cleaned with water one can use a cleaning solution that is PH balanced. For marble, first should be cleaned with a dry mop and then wet mop the area using any cleaning agent that is PH balanced. If there is a spill on marble flooring should be cleaned immediately.

Travertine is resistant to scratches when compared to its counterparts like wood and vinyl. Another advantage of travertine tiles is that they are not noticeable. Marble is more resistant to scratches when compared to travertine but not when compared to ceramic or porcelain tiles.
Travertine is quite an eco-friendly flooring option as it is a natural product and is a long lasting product when compared to other flooring options in the market. Marble is as good as travertine but it is not a restorable product like travertine. The advantage with marble is that it does not have to be replaced in a short time and this in turn is considered to be eco-friendly.

Whatever your choice is make sure it suits the ambience and decor.

Which Tile to Choose – Marble or Travertine was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by Jason Valasek

2 thoughts on “Which Tile to Choose – Marble or Travertine

  1. Andy Harrison

    One of the things that I like about travertine is that it’s natural stone. This means that it is exceptionally durable. Just like marble, you can get it in different finishes. I’d stick to polished since that would probably look the best. The upkeep might be a little higher, but I know it would be worth it.

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