travertine tile in ottawaWhen it comes to architecture and Ottawa home décor, there are two types of people: those who believe a home should be a master-class in traditional design, and those who favor contemporary design, a wide-ranging and diverse style that includes everything from recycled building materials to minimalist modern spaces.

So where does travertine tile fit it? Since travertine is a luxurious natural stone that mimics the look of marble, you might think it would look best in a traditional home. For example, the Roman Colosseum is constructed mostly out of travertine stone extracted from the Tivoli quarries. But we at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East believe travertine is a stylish foundation for a contemporary home as well.

About Travertine Tile

Travertine is a luxury material, finer than limestone but not quite as fine as marble. It’s generally used as a facade material, backsplash, or flooring. Travertine tile is durable. It has a natural non-slip texture and an ageless appearance. For example, during the Renaissance, artists such as Michelangelo attempted to revive this “classical” stone because of how well it held up outdoors.

Travertine tile has sedimentary properties and is known for its uneven and chiseled look. It’s commonly used in foyers, kitchens, and decks but it can be featured almost anywhere in a house. Travertine is typically available in three major finishes: polished (shiny), honed (matte), and semi-gloss. The matte finish is a perfect choice for a contemporary home, while the polished or semi-gloss finishes are more popular for traditional homes.

Benefits of Travertine Tile

There’s an advantage to using travertine tile over another flooring option, such as hardwood. Stone flooring warms the home in the winter and keeps it cool in the summer months. From a solar standpoint, there’s a sustainable element in using travertine tile, too. When the sunlight hits the stone tile, it sinks in and the warmth penetrates the house. In many contemporary home designs, there’s a prevalent use of glass on all four sides of the house. A widespread use of glass paired with stone flooring can have a major impact in lowering your heating bill. In addition, travertine tile doesn’t go through the manufacturing process, which means it’s a green and eco-friendly flooring option.

Drawbacks to Travertine Tile

While travertine tile makes a beautiful addition to a contemporary or traditional home, there are a few drawbacks that homeowners should be aware of. Travertine tile is heavy, making for more difficult and costly installation. The porous texture can also make it difficult to clean. In fact, travertine is highly reactive to acidic substances, meaning it can stain easily when not properly cared for. Finally, travertine tile can be quite expensive. It’s worth the investment for many homeowners, however, to have natural building materials used throughout the house.

Our team at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East would love to help you find the perfect flooring for your home or office. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

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