Whether you are considering installing travertine flooring or you already have travertine and simply have questions about it, Fuller Stone Care can help. We have years of experience caring for this and other types of natural stone. Reach out at 310-944-9099 if you have additional questions or need help caring for your flooring.
What exactly is travertine?
Travertine is in the limestone family and can be found in deposits near springs. Also sometimes referred to as travertine limestone and travertine marble, it is neither and is instead a natural stone all its own. It has been used since ancient times when it was a popular building material. Today it is more commonly used as flooring or countertops.
Is travertine a good material to use outdoors?
It can be. In fact, it is a popular choice to use on decks, patios, driveways, and even around pools. It has a porous surface that absorbs water, which leaves the surface dry and close to entirely non-slip. They stay cool to the touch no matter how hot they get, unlike concrete or brick. It can last for centuries so homeowners generally do not need to worry about it cracking or deteriorating even when used outdoors.
What finishes are available on travertine?
There are three main finishes you will find on travertine. A tumbled finish is textured and has a porous surface, a honed finish is smooth and matte, and a polished finish is smooth and shiny. When you work with a company like Fuller Stone Care, we can provide whatever type of finish you want for your travertine flooring.
Is travertine durable?
Yes. This is a natural stone that has been in nature for thousands of years. Its color is not just maintained through that time, but built by it. Many people chose travertine specifically because, unlike brick or other materials, it does not fade or crack.
Should travertine be sealed?
It depends on the finish and where it is located. If you are installing travertine around a salt water pool, then you would want to seal it with a water-repellent seal. If you are using it in your kitchen then a different sealant would be required. At Fuller Stone Care we can assess the options and advise you on choosing the right one. Generally speaking, we suggest sealing travertine when used in high traffic areas, indoors, or on patios that get regular use.
How is travertine cleaned?
You can do day to day cleaning yourself by simply mopping up any spills you see and sweeping the floor. We also recommend yearly maintenance on your travertine flooring. This includes a deep cleaning and potentially sealing, if it is sealed. To find out more about travertine maintenance services and which ones we recommend for your needs, call Fuller Stone Care at 310-944-9099.