Travertine vs. marble tiles for outdoor areas

Marble Travertine Tiles

With a rustic charm that is hard to resist, Travertine is a natural stone that is classified as a type of limestone that builds around mineral spring deposits. The natural splendour of Travertine comes in several earthy tones and is easily polished, honed or applied with a tumbled finish to enhance its quality further. While Travertine is commonly used for flooring inside the house, it is increasingly being used in outdoor areas due to its attractive appearance, durability, variety and non-slip texture, especially in wet outdoor areas such as the swimming pool.

Unlike marble tiles, which have a high vulnerability to water damage due to their slippery surface, Travertine has a distinctly non-slip texture that makes it easy to grip and walk on. Travertine tiles are also quite resilient against extreme temperatures. Travertine tiles have perfectly square edges, which allow them to be installed seamlessly in outdoor floorings for a clean look.

Although Travertine is a naturally robust stone, a Travertine tile is susceptible to damage over the years just like a marble tile. However, removing and replacing a broken or damaged tile is easy if you are using natural Travertine. While Travertine tiles are stylish, versatile, durable and long-lasting, they are generally heavier than most natural stone tiles, such as marble tiles. Travertine tiles can also be relatively more expensive than their marble counterparts. Being naturally porous, tiles fashioned from Travertine can begin to show some signs of wear and tear after a while.