When choosing materials for finishing, you must take into account many factors in addition to price – durability, strength, aesthetics, quality, and more. Below we have summarized the main characteristics of natural stone that will probably be interesting for you. Read and find out why materials such as marble, granite, travertine, shale, etc., are more efficient and a good investment (compared to ceramic tiles). You can check gorgeous Etrusco tiles offered by Saturnia Travertini. These tiles remind us of nature itself. You can continue reading this article to see how travertine tiles compare to ceramic tiles.
Travertine is a natural stone with a long history. And in this article, you will learn more about its exceptional qualities. They make this remarkable material so sought after.
Long Life and Strength
Natural stone is famous for its density and hardness. We offer a wide range of products to make it easier to choose from the most suitable material for your project. It includes granite, travertine, shale, marble and others, in many sizes and with different densities, with various surface treatments – sanded, antiquated, sanded, polished. We would recommend thicker slabs for outdoor solutions and areas with heavy traffic. They are also suitable for the interior, as their pores are almost sealed by surface treatment.
Ceramic tiles are much thinner than natural stone. They crack and break much easier. Marble, travertine and granite floors can retain their original beauty for five decades with proper maintenance, while ceramic tiles offer durability and aesthetics for only 5-10 years. That’s is a significant difference, and because of it, natural stone has become one of the most preferred building materials, unparalleled among ceramic tiles in any respect.
Impregnation and Resistance to Staining
We recommend that natural stone be maintained with professional impregnation and cleaning agents that do not change its surface texture. Unlike ceramic tiles, natural stone is subject to impregnation with special preparations. That increases its resistance to grease, stains, etc. Whether the surface is sanded or polished, impregnating agents will protect it from the penetration of contaminants into the pores and thus facilitate its cleaning.
It also prevents mold formation, as it does not allow water vapor to penetrate deep into the stone’s pores. Natural stone can be impregnated annually or every few months – an advantage that ceramic tiles do not have. It means that over time. Their insulating properties are lost and cannot be restored.
Both types of materials offer variety, but nothing compares to the beauty of natural stone: its charm is in its travertine natural “veins” and dynamic shades created by nature for millions of years through the force of pressure. All this contributes to aesthetics, unattainable from a material that only mimics the tones and textures of nature.
The natural beauty of the stone tiles is incomparable, and the color variety is rich (from cool gray and white tones), through warm earthy shades of beige, brown, and even copper red, to bright green and yellow colors with a unique radiance. Each natural stone product is entirely unique. It gives boutique originality to the whole layout – an effect impossible for ceramic tiles.
Whatever your budget, we have a natural stone for you. It will give you high value both with its natural and elegant aesthetics and the efficiency of the investment. Instead of replacing your tired or damaged cladding or flooring every few years, you will enjoy timeless material. It only needs impregnation and cleaning with appropriate detergents (acid-free). And so, in the long run, you will save a lot of worries and costs.
Quality and Luxury
Natural materials radiate luxury and elegance – use them to create such a feeling with the design of your object. Natural stone is recommended by both contractors (due to its durability) and interior designers (due to its natural aesthetics).
Travertine is one of the most luxurious and sophisticated stones on the market. It will create a beautiful natural feel and brighten up the atmosphere in every interior. It doesn’t matter if you will use this stone for tiles in your hallway, living room, kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor areas like the patio. It brings aristocracy wherever you utilize it. Imagine a gorgeous fireplace surrounded by natural stone (beautiful porous travertine). It already screams “Home.” This stone is durable, it gets more beautiful as it ages, and if you impregnate it correctly, it will not give you much trouble for maintenance. As opposed to ceramic tiles, it will last much longer, and after all, the Colosseum is made of travertine and has survived thousands of years. You can find a great selection of high-quality travertine tiles at Saturnia Travertini. Make sure that you install the tiles with professional help. Although they are easy to install, it is best to have an expert do it. This way, you can be sure that they will last for decades.