Luxury kitchen with travertine tile

Travertine is a natural stone tile that gives your home classic design and decades of durability. It’s an excellent choice for homeowners in the greater Marietta, East Cobb, Powder Springs, and Smyrna areas and here at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta we think you should know more about it! Read on to learn more about this great tile flooring solution from our experts.

What Is Travertine

Travertine is a sedimentary rock that is formed from limestone deposits created by mineral and hot springs. It’s commonly found throughout parts of Europe and the United States and been used for centuries throughout the world. It can still be found in many buildings that date back to ancient Rome!


Atlanta dining room with travertine tile

Travertine is a very versatile material that functions well in indoor and outdoor applications. Inside your home, you can have beautiful travertine installed with a variety of finishes, from a glossy polish to a brushed matte surface. It’s color also ranges from pleasing ivories to light tans and browns, with natural variation in each tile.

Although not as strong as solid marble or granite, travertine tiles are more durable than other materials such as vinyl, laminate, and even ceramic tile. This makes it a great candidate for areas in your home that get a lot of foot traffic, including entries, hallways, kitchens, and living rooms.


Like most natural stone flooring, travertine does have a few things to keep in mind when deciding if it’s right for you:

  • Travertine is more luxurious than other types of tile, and as such, is often a more expensive flooring option.
  • Extra care is required to keep travertine looking its best: due to its porosity, travertine can easily become stained or chipped.
  • Travertine is not recommended for DIY projects due to its weight and should be installed by a skilled professional to ensure proper installation.

Learn More

If you think travertine is the perfect natural stone tile for your home, call Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta today to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll bring our mobile showroom right to you with hundreds of flooring samples you can see and compare right in the comfort of your home. Get started on your next flooring project today!

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