Marble and travertine are types of limestone. They are both durable and elegant, but they do have their differences.
Appearance and Usage
Marble tiles are among the most commonly chosen natural stone tiles to be used in both residential and commercial properties—and it’s easy to see why. Naturally beautiful and luxurious, marble floor has a certain appeal that is hard to match. Marble tiles are often used on floors. However, they can also be installed on backsplashes and countertops. Marble pavers are also available for outdoor applications. Marble comes in a variety of colors, such as blacks, whites, grays, creams, blues, pinks, and greens. A wide range of patterns is available since marble has a veined design, and every tile has a unique veining pattern. Each marble tile looks different from the rest, even if the tiles come from the same batch.
Meanwhile, travertine is a strong and durable stone that can be considered as a wild-looking one. It comes in a variety of colors, including creams, whites, ivories, beiges, golds, browns, and red. Travertine tiles and pavers can either be honed (smoothened and polished), or unhoned (has a more rustic surface). Unhoned travertine tiles are often used outdoors since they provide more traction and non-slip, and hence offer more safety. Because of their slip resistance, travertine pavers are often used around pool areas. For indoor applications, honed travertine tiles are more commonly used.
Durability and Maintenance
Marble is not just well known for its beauty. It is preferred also because of its resistance to allergens, bacteria, and moisture, provided that it is sealed properly. A marble floor is pretty easy to maintain, and all you have to is to wipe or sweep it to keep away dust and dirt. Make sure that you don’t use abrasive cleaners as they may cause your marble to stain or scratch.
Travertine, like marble, is also a durable stone that will not weather or deteriorate over time. You also won’t have to worry about discoloration as travertine’s color does not grow dull or fade. You can expect your travertine to still look as stunning even after decades. Using travertine indoors will require you to reseal the tiles regularly (about once a year). Aside from that, you just have to sweep, wipe, or mop the tiles.