Is Travertine Tile Expensive?
Is travertine tile expensive? Absolutely! You will pay a good amount of money for each tile that you install in your home. It will be more expensive than marble, but not by much.
Travertine is a form of limestone which is formed and naturally found mostly around mineral deposits and hot springs. The stone is usually cut at the quarry at the shape of tiles or slabs according to the consumer s wish. The most common types of travertine are travertine surfaces with baking soda and lime in them. When the stone is wet, it is referred to as “tumbled” or “soft.” In this condition, the baking soda and/or lime release toxins that help to reduce the weight of the stone.
How can one avoid using such stone in bathrooms and kitchen floors? One way is to cover the floors with polyester or vinyl flooring instead of travertine tile. These coverings are much easier to clean and maintain. Another way is to seal the surface of the slabs so that no air can get through. This will also prevent staining of the slabs. Finally, when sealing the surfaces, one should use a sealer which is specifically designed for use on travertine surfaces or one which is water and moisture resistant.
Why is travertine tile so expensive? The cost of travertine tiles depends on the tess rate or thickness of the slabs, their original state (hard, soft, etc.) and on how many pieces are needed. Higher tess rates mean higher prices per tile. Lower rates per tile mean lower prices per tile. Also, travertine is not a material that is widely used in other building structures because it is a bit porous, thus it is susceptible to staining.
How do I seal the travertine tiles and grouting joints? Applying a sealer is easy. Before starting the application, the entire surface of the stone should be washed with a mild, pH balanced, alkaline cleaning solution and moistened with water. After washing, rinsed with clean water and dried with a soft cloth, the tile and grouting joints should be prepped with an alkaline sealer. Usually a light sanding and buffing is enough to prepare the surfaces for the sealer.
How should I prepare the concrete floor surface? For unfinished concrete floors, preparation before application is necessary. Unfilled areas should first be filled with either coarse sand or fine sand. Then, rough sand, medium grit sand and fine grit sand should be mixed and poured over the unfilled areas until the desired finish is achieved. For unfilled travertine tiles and grouting joints, concrete should be mixed with cement and then grouted to achieve the best result.