What to choose Travertine or Marble
Travertine or Marble? which is better?
The choice of flooring also determines the spatial effect! After all, the “floor of facts” should not only shine through its suitability for everyday use but also with an unobtrusive and stylish look. If you build on stone, you are often spoiled for choice with a large selection of real natural stone:
A “classic” for high-quality interior and exterior design is marble with its typical cloudy structure. Travertine is less noticeable, but a top all-rounder. What makes these two natural stones different, what makes them special and what makes them special? We’ll tell you!
Mineral facts: travertine and marble
Travertine, sometimes called freshwater lime, is formed in springs and rivers by precipitation. Minerally it consists of calcite, aragonite, and sand.
The word “marble” comes from the Greek expression for “shine”. Marble is created from ordinary, dense limestone. The stone has a crystalline structure (it consists of approx. 50% calcite, dolomite, and aragonite); it is denser and harder than travertine.
Travertine and marble belong to the same stone family (limestone), but both differ in their chemical composition and therefore also in their stone structure and other properties.
Stone structure: travertine, marble
Among the natural stones, travertine is the charming southerner that we associate with Mediterranean style and vacation. Marble, with its typical marbling, is the favorite child of creative people and the fashion industry, and like a marble look for tiles, it is in high demand among interior designers.
We compared the two natural rocks based on their central characteristics.
In terms of color, travertine extends from light cream to darker beige or brown tones. Unlike travertine, marble is not only available in white and cream. The noble natural stone is also available in mysterious green, rich brown or black. Varieties like the Spanish Nero Marquina inspire with their deep black coloring, which is interwoven with white marbling. Both have varieties with a yellowish color (Italian: “Giallo”), which ranges from a light, sunny yellow to darker ocher depending on the sorting and mining area.
2.Natural stone structure
There are also differences between travertine and marble in the stone structure. An essential feature of travertine is its pore structure. Depending on the sorting, these can be very fine as with travertine tiles Light or very original and concise as with travertine tiles Rustic. In contrast, marble has a very dense structure without pores, which makes it harder than other travertine.
3.Haptics and processing options
A different stone structure for travertine and marble requires different types of processing, which lead to a special haptic experience. Surface processing plays a major role in the overall effect and feel. If you want to bring the holiday flair of the last Mallorca holiday to your own terrace, tumbled travertine is the right choice. The velvety feeling is a pleasure on travertine plates outdoors, but also for barefoot fans in the house. If travertine tiles or terrace tiles are sanded, the color is worked out more and the surface gets a matt sheen. What is tumbled with travertine is with marble ground or polished processing? Color and stone structures are worked out particularly effectively with this natural stone.
4.Laying travertine and marble
Natural stone tiles made of travertine and marble are generally true to size (thickness 7-12 mm, deviation in the tile thickness of approx. 1 mm) and can be laid using the thin-bed method. Here the adhesive cover of the mortar is approx. 5 mm. The application of this method is limited to small to medium formats, otherwise, there may be differences in height between the tiles to be installed.
Tip: For very light marble tiles with a crystalline structure, it is best to use light natural stone adhesive, since dark tile adhesive could shine through.
5.Maintain and clean travertine and marble
Since both natural stones belong to the limestone family, you should better refrain from acidic cleaning agents. Mild or alkaline cleaners are good. Usually brushing with a soft broom or clear water is sufficient. If you want, you can treat the floor to wiping every now and then. Impregnation offers good additional protection. This allows liquids to roll off the stone so that they can be wiped away more easily.
Tip: Since the stone structure is different for marble, you need a different impregnation than for the other natural stones.
6. These styles go well with travertine and marble!
Due to the processing, travertine is a stone that is often used for rustic or Mediterranean design ideas. Travertine can also be deliberately staged individually and creatively as a contrast to clear lines and a more puristic style. Once the surface has been sanded and the edges have been sawn, travertine skillfully and harmoniously continues the flair and lines of modern living spaces. Similar to travertine, marble can also be combined with many styles. Evergreen is the classic style of living, especially with a polished or polished floor.
7.Heat conduction? Best!
What applies to other natural stones such as quartzite, slate or granite tiles also applies to travertine and marble: both have excellent heat conduction. So ideal for laying them indoors with underfloor heating. Terrace slabs also benefit from this top quality. Even hours after sunset, travertine or marble gradually releases the stored heat into the environment.
8.Mining areas and countries of origin of travertine and marble
Bella Italia and Greece: Travertine and marble came for a long time mainly from these areas. Turkish travertine, in particular, has made up ground in recent years. With high quality and reasonable prices, it makes a lot of competition for its Italian brother. Incidentally, marble is also found in Germany and Austria as well as deposits in Norway, Portugal, Romania, and even Namibia.
Beware of Confusion: antique marble
Sounds like marble, but it is not: The term antique marble comes from a special surface treatment. The natural stone is tumbled, i.e. Mechanical treatment rounds edge and creates a typically used look. Geologically, however, this is mostly limestone or travertine, not marble.
Travertine in a marble look
Thanks to a special structure and processing, we also have natural stone tiles in our range that have a marble-like character. In addition to travertine onyx, which is given a particularly elegant look thanks to its gemstone inclusions and polished surface, the travertine rustic also looks almost like marble.
Outdoor Travertine and Marble
Natural stone slabs can also be used to design beautiful places, paths, and the terrace outdoors. The trend color gray, in particular, is enjoying increasing popularity outdoors. Striking slate slabs in anthracite or black, granite slabs in very homogeneous gray are very much in demand here. Travertine fans will also get their money’s worth: Travertine slabs Silver come into their own with multi-faceted shades of gray, especially with a modern terrace design. Afyon Gray marble slabs look both classic and modern, thanks to their unique structure and the tumbled surface, which additionally highlights the color and structure.