There is a lot to consider if you want to install a tile floor. Most importantly, there are hundreds of different materials and types of tile to choose from. Two of the most common floor tiles are travertine and ceramic tile. This article explains the main differences between these two popular types of tile. It should help you decide which is best for your style, budget, and maintenance abilities.
Ceramic tile is the more practical and affordable option. Ceramic tiles are engineered and printed to look like real stones. These prints are quite advanced, but if you look closely you will probably be able to tell that the stone is not natural. But, the prints are still stylish and there are many perks to using ceramic tile. You can find this tile in a very wide range of sizes, styles, and colors. It is also very easy to maintain. Ceramic tiles have a glaze that waterproofs and protects the surface. This preserves the print and resists fading. Basically, this means that you don't need to spend your time and money over the years sealing and waterproofing your tile. This is why ceramic tile is particularly popular in bathrooms and kitchens.
Travertine is a natural stone that is basically a form of limestone. Travertine is the form that limestone takes as it starts to morph into marble (kind of a "pre-marble"). So, it is generally cheaper than marble. It is a stone that is mined directly from the Earth's crust and cut into slabs that eventually become tile. This means the texture, discoloration, marbling, and crystallization within each piece is completely unique and natural. It is this natural look that makes travertine so popular.
The look of travertine is closer to marble or granite, but costs a fraction of the price. The most popular travertine products have a neutral color. This allows it to be used in all types of rooms and homes with different styles. The only drawback is that travertine is porous, so it needs to be sealed every few years to protect the colors and waterproof finish.
Basically, if you are looking for bright colors, and want a lower-maintenance product, ceramic is the way to go. However, if you want a more natural look, you will definitely like the travertine products. While travertine might be a little more expensive to maintain, it is a durable and reliable flooring material.