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A Guide to Travertine and Limestone Flooring

Last updated 5 years ago

Travertine and limestone are attractive tile flooring materials and are known for their durability and beautiful appearance. Travertine itself is a type of limestone that typically forms near hot mineral springs. Limestone forms over thousands of years, often in sea beds and can be composed of corral skeletons. Each of these types of stone can be found in deposits on land or other natural locations. Both of these stones have been used as building materials for thousands of years, especially in the Mediterranean.

Travertine Tile

Travertine tends to be at the lighter end of the spectrum, where creamy tans and beiges are common. Closer to classical limestone, travertine tile can also be had in white shades. Travertine is a porous stone, and if used as a tile flooring material, it will need to be appropriately sealed during installation to be protected. There are many quarries in Italy that provided source materials for famous structures like St. Peter’s Basilica. Like any quality natural stone, travertine provides beauty and longevity when used inside your own home. 

Limestone Tile

Limestone is a sedimentary rock that is most often formed when the skeletal remains of sea creatures, commonly corral, are deposited and compacted over millions of years. Many desirable varieties of limestone actually contain fossil remnants of sea creatures and make an artistic addition to any tile application. Weathered limestone that has been exposed to the elements for many years may exhibit different colors or characteristics.

Both of these beautiful stones make excellent tile flooring and can be used almost anywhere. Once properly sealed, travertine and limestone are easy to maintain inside or outside of your home. Styles can be coordinated or mixed to create unique arrangements or designs. Both travertine and limestone can be used as tile flooring, wall coverings, architectural features, and even countertops.

If you would like to explore these timeless stones in more detail, Standard Tile has a large selection that exhibits the best of their varieties. We proudly serve New Jersey with our seven locations.  Contact us at (888) 903-0998 or visit us online for additional information.




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