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Unread 02-14-2020, 12:30 PM   #1
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Travertine - to do, or not to do?

Hi JB forum,

It's been a very long while since I've been online, and I'm grateful to see many familiar names still continuing to be as friendly and helpful as ever.

I was able to successfully complete my bathroom projects so long ago, and in between then and now, Mr. Lindsey and I also completed a 1000 sq ft. Roman paver patio in the backyard. Now, we're back to inside, looking to retile our front foyer and 2pc bathroom.

We're looking at an area of roughly 100 sq ft., consisting of the front door, garage entry door, and small landing, and a 2pc bathroom. Very heavy trafficked area of the house, as the doorways and bathroom are used multiple times daily.

Right now, we have 2 (yes, 2!) layers of granite tile. A former home owner owned a quarry and decided to go with Manitoba granite (pink-ish) and then put a black granite right over top. There's about 2.5"-3" worth of tile when you look into the floor register, and luckily, our floors haven't sunk into the basement. We'll be pulling up both granite layers and fixing the subfloor as necessary.

I'm of the mind that I'd like to do travertine tile in this area. Not a polished travertine, but brushed or honed. I haven't done much shopping around to see what available yet, but I'm starting my research on the tile itself.

As we live in a climate with winter 6 months of the year, I'm curious about salt. We use salt and sand on our roads and walkways. With a sealed travertine tile, will salt have any negative effects to the tile? As mentioned, this is a high traffic area and in the winter, we're coming and going with boots full of snow, salt, and slush. The area gets swept up multiple times during the week, as necessary, and washed when needed.

I'll stop here, to get initial thoughts.

Thanks all!
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Unread 02-14-2020, 05:24 PM   #2
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MOst granite tile will be more robust, less likely to be scratched, and probably look good longer.

A sealer on stone doesn't really seal the tile like waterproofing. It gives you a little time to clean up a spill before it sinks in and stains...it will NOT prevent it, only slow it down.
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Unread 02-19-2020, 08:17 AM   #3
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For the areas you describe, you would be better off with a travertine-look porcelain tile. There are many of them out there. Travertine itself is soft and prone to wear, scratching, and developing holes. For your entry area specifically you may want to consider a quarry tile or thin brick since these products are unglazed but still rustic-looking.
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Unread 02-19-2020, 09:37 AM   #4
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What they said.

I do my very best to talk customers out of using travertine in such instances.

For when DIY isn't such a good idea...
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