Do travertine floors in kitchen hold up?

marti8aSeptember 12, 2012

I can't find anything I like that looks good with the granite I picked except travertine. The travertine at the granite yard had a lot of broken corners and the guy said it does that but they just fill with grout. I really don't want that much maintenance on the floor.

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I can't answere your question (only ever had hardwood or carpeted floors), but have you considered a travertine-look on a porcelain tile? I'm considering it for a mudroom floor, and think it looks great.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 4:09PM
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Had the same concerns when we were considering travertine for a backsplash. I would consider a honed travertine and qseal, which is factory sealed, and I believe lifetime warranty. I think sealing after the fact does the same thing though, not sure how often a floor would need resealing.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 4:12PM
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It is a little early to say, but so far so good. I put this one in earlier this year, and have been using it since June 1:

The tiles are filled and honed (tan) or filled and polished (red). I used epoxy grout. So far, I have accumulated exactly zero noticeable flaws. I expect that eventually I will accumulate a patina of small scratches, but nothing so far.

Here it is in context:

As far as broken corners, I don't think that should actually be a problem. I cut all my tiles from 12x12 to 6x6, and so had to do a LOT of handling of them. I broke maybe 10 or so (which actually represented very little loss, as I could use them on the edges of the room). I did not install any tiles that had chips. Once installed, they won't break because they have full support. (Do make sure you stiffen your floor joist and subfloor to appropriate levels!)

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 5:16PM
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Mine are going on 7 years old now with no problems. You shouldn't install any with broken corners or chips, and cracks and breaks shouldn't occur with a proper installation unless you drop something like a cast-iron skillet on the floor.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 7:52PM
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Just happened to come across this and I will tell you my experience With my travertine in the kitchen. First off, after 4 years my backsplash looks fantastic, the floor is another story. I will say that my kitchen sees a lot of traffic, but there is more to it than that. First off the manufacturer used filler on some of the tiles, which I understand is a standard practice. Some of that filler worked its way out and I've had to refill with grout. It looks okay, but a pain in the butt. Second, I opted to seal my stone to help with the staining. I bought the sealer that the tile guys said was the best, and was supposed to last up to 15 years. Yeah right. So, the more you clean the floor the more often you have to seal it. Since putting in the floor 4 years ago I've had 2 babies, so I'm mopping the whole floor at least once a week and spot cleaning more often, always with a neutral cleaner. Then I'm reselling every 12-18 months which involves stripping the sealer off with a cleaner and a scrub brush and then applying the sealer for 5 minutes and buffing each tile unit it's dry. I have a huge kitchen, but just one coat of sealer is a 3 day project, about once a year. Now, you don't have to seal, and at firtpst I didn't but it cleans up much faster with.the sealer on. I would never install the stuff again, and when doing my bathroom a couple years ago the design people tried to talk me into travertine and I went with proceldian. Yes, with porceline tile you still have to seal the grout, but that's a simple yearly project. I will say though, that my house is for sale and I do get more reviews that the kitchen is gorgeous than I do with the bathroom, but I'm not sure how much the travertine has to do with it. I'm not a big fan of real wood in a kitchen because of the damage that a leaky dishwasher or ice maker makes, and I really only like the look if there are painted cabinets, but that's just me. Of all of them I'd say the vinyl is going to be the best bet for being soft on the feet and clean ups, but I don't think you can beat the longevity of porceline file.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 2:41PM
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Thanks telx2, that's all I need to know. I want an easier floor than that.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 2:59PM
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Hey telx2, do you mind sharing what cleaner you use to get what's left of the sealer off with and what you use to reseal? I'm in the same boat, I have 3 year old travertine in my high traffic kitchen. Between kids and the dog I'm constantly mopping and the sealer is not holding up like the tile guys said it would. Short of scrubbing it on hands and knees daily I just can't get it clean.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 2:24PM
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We just passed the 7 year move in date of our build. Travertine flooring in kitchen, hallway, laundry room, pantry, powder room, sunroom and main level bathrooms. Also the showers on the main level.

DH sealed with Miracle 511 Porous Plus - sealed, but did not enhance. The Master shower probably needed resealing 5 years ago, but we still haven't gotten around to it. Have never resealed elsewhere either. Only in front of the sink and by the back/garage door looks a little different than the rest of the stone areas, but you don't notice unless you stop and look really hard.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 3:35PM
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