You’ve Chosen To Use Travertine Stone, Now What’s the Best Travertine Grout?
Stone tile is a popular option for both indoor and outdoor projects, but whether you’re using marble, slate, granite or travertine, grout and stone choice is an important decision. While you might really appreciate the look of a certain stone, it may not be a suitable choice for your particular project. There is such a wide variety of stone, however, that you’re sure to find an option that suits you.
By choosing natural stone, you’re already making a good decision, because it’s a beautiful, green option. Moisture resistant and sturdy, natural stone doesn’t have the same off-gassing (air pollutants) you find in synthetic products. However, stone tiles can have very high maintenance requirements, needing to be sealed and cleaned regularly, with specially formulated cleaners. It’s porous, can be brittle and easy to stain or scratch. Still, the right stone can make a striking impression, and if you choose the right stone for your project, you can end up with a beautiful and long lasting result.
- Travertine: The overwhelming choice among homeowners, both for its beauty and its versatility, is travertine stone. Often used as a building material, travertine has been used for centuries and is found in Roman temples, aqueducts, monuments, and even famous structures like the Colosseum, the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paris. Today, this natural stone is popular for indoor and outdoor projects. Travertine tiles are used indoors, while travertine pavers are useful for driveways, pool decks, patios, walkways and other outdoor applications. Travertine has naturally-occurring pits and dents, and some installers choose to use travertine grout to fill these in, though you can also purchase travertine unfilled.
Other natural stone choices include:
- Slate: Often used as roofing tile, slate is durable and easily split into tiles. It is suitable for interior and exterior flooring, stairs, walkways, and walls. Tiles are installed on mortar, grouted around the edges, and often sealed with chemical sealants that improve its durability, appearance, and stain resistance.
- Granite: Granite is a popular option for countertops, because it doesn’t absorb stains and is extremely tough. Because it stands up well to the elements, it can even be used in outdoor applications. Using granite tile is much less expensive than solid granite, and it can be used with tinted grout for a seamless look.
- Marble: Marble has been a sought-after material for sculptures for centuries, in part because it is soft enough to carve. It has a beautiful and unique look, with patterns that can be difficult to match when used in tile. Real marble tiles should come from the same batch, and you’ll need to plan for your entire surface at one time. You can’t typically install marble yourself, and it is prone to cracking, staining, and etching easily. Floors are probably the best use for marble.
The Best Choice for Stone Grout
Whether you’re looking for glass, marble, slate or travertine grout or tile, The Tile Doctor® has solutions for all your grout and tile needs. The Tile Doctor® is proud to carry the STAINMASTER™ tile and grout system, along with tile care and use chemicals, cement grout additives, and more. STAINMASTER™ tiles are made to emulate natural materials like slate and travertine, without the hassle of maintaining natural stone. With many of our collections, for instance, you won’t need travertine grout to fill in pits, because you get the look of travertine without the drawbacks. In addition, The Tile Doctor® carries Starlike® Specialty Grout, which comes in a total of ninety-four finishes, suitable for whichever tile you choose to use.
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