Travertine flooring Vs limestone flooring

02/04/2015

For anyone involved in a construction, redevelopment, or interior design project that is going to involve installing new, or replacing existing, flooring, the issue of Travertine flooring versus limestone flooring is one which you may have come across before. If you haven’t however, it is one that you may find it interesting to familiarise yourself with.

What is the difference between Travertine and limestone flooring?

Travertine is actually a form of limestone, but due to the individuality of its formation, is slightly different in both colour and nature to other available limestone options.

When it comes to its use as flooring however, the main difference between Travertine and limestone block flooring is that Travertine tiles are routinely filled with resin. It is this therefore, which leads us seamlessly on to our discussion of the advantages of limestone flooring over the Travertine option.

Advantages of limestone over Travertine

As we touched upon above, Travertine tile can often be a cheaper option at the outset than limestone flooring but, as is always the case, you do get what you pay for. While some may argue that Travertine is more hard-wearing than other limestone flooring, there is not a type of limestone flooring which will not stand up sufficiently to years of use.

With that in mind, the only real differentiating factors between Travertine and limestone flooring include the fact that limestone is lower maintenance and longer lasting. Limestone also works as a better long term investment and has a more popular aesthetic appearance.

The reason why limestone flooring is lower maintenance and longer lasting than the Travertine option, is due to the aforementioned resin which is often included in Travertine. The resin tends to come away from the tile, and this is especially true if there is under floor heating installed.

This separation of the resin from the tile can cause untold long term problems, as the flooring will require maintenance and replacement which takes significant time, effort, and expenditure. It is with that in mind then, that we can see why limestone flooring is a much better long term investment as part of a project and why it adds greater value to a property.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that limestone flooring has the added advantage over Travertine of giving a better and more popular aesthetic appearance. Travertine is naturally darker in colour and as such doesn’t bring the trademark combination of lightness and warmth which makes limestone flooring so beautiful.

If you are looking to invest in Limestone Flooring then contact us on 01780 740970 or use the contact form here.

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