travertine tile carmelTravertine is a beautiful natural stone that, with the right care, can add value and elegance to any home. Here at Floor Coverings International of Carmel, we have experience with many types of stone floors and know that there are certain things a homeowner must be aware of before investing in natural stone like travertine. Below are a few things you should know if considering this unique tile for your Carmel home.

What is Travertine?

Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. This porous material should be sealed before use in the home to avoid water damage and stains. Travertine can be used for flooring, backsplashes, or countertops and is commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and even outdoors.


This stone comes in a variety of natural shades and colors ranging from ivory to reddish brown. The tiles can be polished, matte, brushed, or tumbled to provide the homeowner a variety of looks. Travertine is a great option if you want to increase your home’s resale value for the future, and will no doubt bring elegance to any room you install it in.

Water Resistance

Travertine is a porous material and should be sealed to help prevent water damage. However, spills can still potentially cause problems and should be wiped up immediately. Acidic substances pose a greater problem, as things like orange juice, lemon, and vinegar can permanently stain a travertine tile.


Travertine may be tough to crack, but it is vulnerable to scratches. Unlike porcelain or ceramic tiles, this substance is relatively soft. It may not be the best option for your floors if you have large pets, as their nails could cause damage over time. Consider incorporating travertine into a backsplash or countertop instead if your home experiences a lot of heavy foot traffic or accidents.

Installation and Cost

Travertine is easy to cut but very heavy to lift. You could experience serious water damage if your travertine tiles are not installed properly in moisture prone rooms, as moisture will travel right through them. With that in mind, it’s best to have these tiles professionally installed. Like most natural stone floors, travertine is more expensive than porcelain or ceramic tile.

Get Started Today

Travertine can be a beautiful and long lasting floor for those who are prepared to take good care of it. Contact Floor Coverings International of Carmel today to schedule your free in-home consultation. We proudly serve the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, Westfield areas.

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