Whether you are a residential or a commercial customer, choosing between Quartz flooring tiles, limestone tile or travertine tiles can be a difficult choice. How do you choose which one is best for your next project? This can vary depending on how much foot traffic you have in an area and where you plan to install the tiles. Are you considering placing travertine floor tiles in the kitchen? You may want to use a higher grade tile than what you would normally use in the bathroom or on a wall. If the area gets less significant foot traffic, limestone tile or travertine might be a good option.
While travertine tile is a type of limestone tile, the two are not necessarily the same. Limestone is less dense than Travertine tile and is a form of marble. Travertine floor tiles are more dense and are a form of limestone tile, though they too, are sometimes referred to as marble. Between travertine, limestone, and quartz flooring tiles, quartz is the hardest texture and may make for the best flooring option.
Why Quartz flooring tiles may not be as versatile as limestone tile
While quartz flooring is harder than travertine floor tiles, it still may not be the best flooring option for all residential customers. Quartz can cost more per square foot than other types of flooring, such as travertine or even limestone tile. This is why quartz flooring tiles may be more economical for commercial customers who have heavier foot traffic and need an option that requires low maintenance, while still enduring a high gloss shine.
Quartz might be a better choice for countertops because of its hardness. However, if customers use quartz as a flooring option, they may want to consider getting it treated first with a finish that won’t allow spills to ruin the quartz. Spills can soak through quartz flooring if not treated promptly and thus, ruin the tiles. If customers are looking at cheaper pricing options, travertine is a good choice. It’s lower maintenance and easy to clean. Travertine floor tiles also tend to be thicker. Customers want thicker tiling on floors, because it can withstand more foot traffic without showing wear and tear from daily use.
Travertine and limestone tile aren’t good for wet bars
Avoid putting either travertine or limestone on a wet bar. Not only do these tiles not do well in an environment which customers may make spills often, they both are tiles that get scratched more easily. Treated quartz or even quartzine would be a better choice for this type of situation, if it’s treated. In this case, restaurants and bars would have a hard countertop that wouldn’t show many scratches. However; travertine tile is still a good choice for flooring in these areas, because it can withstand foot traffic well. However, one must be careful cleaning because it can be ruined by harsh chemical cleaners.
Customers also have plenty of color options with travertine; from greys to coral red, customization is easily doable. While travertine is normally a porous material, customers can buy filled travertine if they don’t like the natural pitted holes.
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International Granite and Marble Corp. brings four generations of dedication and service to Builders, Architects, and Consumers. The history of IGM began over 100 years ago in Vienna, Austria and has been established for more than 60 years here in the United States. Now there are 7 regional warehouses to serve our customers with the very best natural stone materials for your project. For information about the types of flooring IGM can offer building contractors, visit <a href="http://www.igmcorp.com" target="_blank">http://www.igmcorp.com</a>
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