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CapnHawk 03-25-2011 08:36 PM

Tile Experts - Input Needed!
My wife is bugging me to redo the master bath, including the shower/tub. This would involve removing the existing ceramic tile and installing travertine.

My question to the experts: What are the pros and cons (if any) to using travertine in a bathroom?

Your input is greatly appreciated.


Just Bill 03-26-2011 06:40 AM

You see it all the time in magazines, but I always thought it was quite pourous, making it hard to keep clean. Obviously something is done in the process to make it usable.

Mop in Hand 03-26-2011 08:18 AM

Travetine comes in a variety of surfaces. Honed, not honed, filled, not filled, some have bull nose others don't, etc. The ones that are not filled, are filled with grout during the grouting process. If they were not filled, they would soon fill up with soap, dirt and other hard to clean material. Although most who install travertine for a shower are pleased with the look, the issue of keeping it clean is another story whether it's purchased filled or filled later. Maybe Bud Cline will chime in later.

Ron6519 03-26-2011 11:47 AM

Travertine needs to be sealed on a regular basis to keep soap and shampoo residue from being absorbed
You want the honed and filled variety.

Bud Cline 03-26-2011 04:12 PM

A shower really isn't the best place to use real travertine.

Especially when you can get plenty of porcelain tile that mimics travertine beautifully.:)

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