Travertine and Limestone – Earthy and Soft Flooring Tiles

Travertine is a a form of limestone. Marble, by the way, is a form of limestone as well: metamorphosed limestone. Travertine and limestone have a strength and durability to withstand the ages – look at the amazing structures from the ancient Rome that still stand today.

Durability alone is not why this material is so commonly used on floors. Unlike it’s counterparts, travertine (and limestone, though not as often used as travertine varieties such as Durango Travertine from Mexico or Turkish Travertine) has a soft, smooth feel rather than the hard, slippery feel of marble or granite. You can find travertine in a polished form, but most installations for flooring use the honed finish.

Travertine has natural holes in the material, resulting during its formation. These holes are obvious in tumbled forms of the material, and give any area a nice, rustic look. These tiles are often used as accents or kitchen back splashes. Larger tiles are common outdoors.

Travertine is also more common in terms of residential flooring because of it’s durability. Marble is a far softer and more porous stone, so for high traffic areas that require little maintenance, travertine and limestone are top picks. Commercial installations should look into granite, the strongest of the materials.

Travertine and Limestone
Travertine and Limestone Natural Stone Flooring

For indoor installations, the most common travertine is honed, and filled. Filled means that the holes of the material have been filled with an epoxy that is meant to resemble natural colors that could pass as sediment in the stone. If you can’t find the color fill that you like, an unfilled tile can later be filled with the same or different grout than the one used between the seams of the tile.

Polished travertine is common in showers. These days you can find travertine slab fairly readily available, and it makes a great alternative for vanity tops and kitchen counters.

Natural Tile (Travertine) Showers

Natural Tile (Travertine) Showers

Travertine Tile Shower by Marble Design Center of Orange County
Travertine Tile Shower by Marble Design Center of Orange County

Showers, like many other kitchen and bathroom surfaces are high impact areas in that they receive constant stress. Soaps, detergents, water, and regular traffic offer some obstacles that you should be aware of. Our most popular tile installation since we started working in Southern California has been travertine. The colors are earthy and compliment the feel that many of us Californians enjoy. It is a soft stone, and though it is not as resilient as granite, it is a stronger material than marble.

But don’t let the warning prevent you from getting travertine installed in your shower. Proper care, such as sealing the tile and grout once every 3 or 4 months will prevent staining, as well as keep the natural stone conditioned and looking like new. Just 10 minutes, every few months; not a bad exchange for the beauty of the stone.

Travertine is most commonly installed in a honed finish – a semi-polish that gives the tile a more earthy look and feel. You can find travertine in a tumbled variety, as well as the standard polished tile.

The tile also comes in a variety of sizes. For example, the most common tumbled travertine tiles installed in showers are 4″ x 4″, but you can find them in 6″, 8″, and even larger sizes. If you go with a tumbled tile, you have a little more freedom, as the softer marble tile becomes as resilient a stone.

Another popular tile is polished marble, but not used as frequently.

If you are looking for remodeling your home or doing a new shower installation, Marble Design Center of Orange County is the place for you. We offer demolition as well as installation services in Southern California of showers, mosaics, bath tub surrounds, bathroom floors, vanity tops, and much more.

Give us a call for your free estimate!

Serving Orange County – Hello!

Serving Orange County – Hello!

We’re out of the kitchen and online now! Or at least trying to be. We offer exceptional service and superior quality and want you to find us so that we can offer our services to you. So if you’re looking for a kitchen countertop, travertine tile, or anything with natural stone in your home or small commercial project, let us know!

We service Southern California, specializing in Orange County. We have worked as far south as San Diego and as far north as Los Angeles, and will make trips for exceptional projects. Our focus is in Orange County, in Irvine, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, and more. We have references in just about every one of these areas, and have probably hauled tiles or a countertop by your door at some point over the past decade or so.

We purchase our granite slabs and marble and travertine tile from wholesalers with whom we have a long standing relationship. Because of this we can offer you great value on top of our dedicated service. We want you to tell your friends and our customers do just that. We hope that you will too.

We hope that you consider us, Marble Design Center of Orange County, the next time you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, or installing marble, travertine, or natural stone tile in your home. Vanity tops, kitchen countertops, and fireplace surrounds are a specialty, and our fabricators are experiences, courteous, and there to make your project a success.

Marble Design Center of Orange County – kitchen and bathroom remodeling experts. Let us know the next time you’re going to a stone yard and we’ll join you and help you navigate your way through all those granite slabs.

Custom Granite Countertop Fabrication

Custom Granite Countertop Fabrication

Our craftsmen are truly artists, able to create any pattern or edge detail using state of the art fabrication machines, or doing it the traditional way to get you the kinds of design that machines can’t make.

Granite kitchen countertop
Black Galaxy Granite Kitchen Countertop

Homes are not the same, and tastes are not the same. We can offer design options and deliver them in the highest quality because of our own personal experience in the field of granite installation, but also in the crews we manage. Know that not only is your project in great hands, but we are able to do just about anything you imagine for your home.

Limitations do exist if time is an issue for you, as was for many investors in the housing boom only a few years ago. If you have the time, we will take the time to ensure you exceptional quality. We hope you will refer us, and continue to use us as other projects arise.

Granite is a wonderful material for kitchen countertops, and Marble Design Center of Orange County should be your choice in Southern California, with references in Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clement, and all the surrounding areas.

Give us a call at 949.456.0236 and ask for Ben!