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How Much Does a Travertine Floor Cost?

 
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Sometimes referred to as onyx marble, Mexican onyx, Egyptian alabaster or Oriental alabaster, travertine is a natural stone that comes in a variety of warm earthy colors, typically ranging from ivory, beige or tan to a deep reddish-brown or walnut, and sometimes shades of gold. Travertine can be used indoors and outdoors. Polished travertine has an appearance similar to marble; honed travertine has a flat matte finish; and brushed or tumbled travertine provides a more antique or natural look.

Travertine is harder than limestone (see How Much Does a Limestone Floor Cost), but not as hard as marble (see How Much Does a Marble Floor Cost).

Typical costs:

  • Travertine ranges from 1"x1" mosaic pieces to 36"x36" squares to huge slabs, but the most common floor tile sizes are 12"x12", 13"x13", 16"x16" and 18"x18".
  • Basic travertine floor tiles start at $2-$4 a square foot, but the travertine in this price range may have many imperfections and color variations. Higher-quality travertine can be $5-$15 a square foot for flooring tiles with fewer imperfections or more desirable colors. Extremely high-quality travertine tiles in highly desirable colors and with few imperfections can be $20-$25 a square foot just for the tiles, and specialty tiles like mosaics (usually used as accents in a design) can be $4-$30 a square foot.
  • Depending on local rates and the complexity of the project, professional installation brings total costs for materials and labor to install basic travertine tiles to $6-$13 a square foot, or $600-$1,300 for a 10'x10' bathroom or entryway (there may be minimum installation charges for small projects); and $6,000-$20,000 for 1,000-1,500 square feet to install basic travertine in areas throughout a typical home. Installed costs for higher-quality travertine floor tiles can run $8-$32 a square foot, or $800-$3,200 for 10'x10' and $8,000-$48,000 for 1,500 square feet. A California homeowner[1] paid $13,500 materials and labor for 1,400 square feet of multiple-sized travertine tiles (with a repeated pattern), or about $9.65 a square foot.
  • Do-it-yourself installation can be challenging. In addition to the cost of the tiles, grout, thinset (adhesive mortar), sealant and other supplies bring the cost to $2.50-$5 a square foot for basic travertine tile, or $250-$500 for 10'x10' and $3,750-$7,500 for 1,500 square feet. Higher-quality travertine boosts the DIY costs to $5.50-$16 a square foot, or $5.50-$1,600 for 10'x10' and $8,250-$24,000 for 1,500 square feet.
Related articles: Limestone Floor, Slate Floor, Stone Floor, Marble Floor, Tile Flooring

What should be included:
  • Travertine floor tiles should be laid carefully, and on a well-prepared surface (often using concrete board underlayment, which should be included in any installation quotes). The subfloor must be level and secure before installation; if the sub-floor is shaky or shifts, the grout and even the travertine tile might crack. The subfloor must be strong enough to support the weight of the stone, so in addition to the concrete board underlayment, part of the installation process may include strengthening the subfloor[2] .
  • DoItYourself.com gives instructions for sealing and cleaning[3] a travertine floor, and lists the basic pros and cons of a travertine floor[4] .
Additional costs:
  • Online retailers like StoneLocator.com[5] sell stone flooring samples for $6-$10 each, depending on the number of samples ordered.
  • To avoid staining, travertine floors generally need to be protected with a sealer, which can cost $100-$200 a gallon ($30-$60 a quart). For new floors, many experts recommend at least one coat of sealant prior to grouting and one or two coats after the installation is complete. Sealing a floor can cost $40-$300 or more, depending on condition and size.
Shopping for a travertine floor:
  • The Marble Institute of America discusses the different types of natural stone flooring, including travertine, and provides a directory of natural stone distributors and suppliers[6] .
  • Travertine flooring tiles are available from most home improvement stores like Home Depot[7] or Lowe's[8] , and installation services are usually available from these stores. A few online stone flooring suppliers include BuildDirect.com[9] , FastFloors.com[10] , South Cypress Floors[11] and StoneLocator.com[12] . The World Floor Covering Association provides a directory of retail flooring stores[13] by zip code. Most retail stores either provide installation or referrals to local installers.
  • Make sure the contractor is properly bonded, insured and licensed[14] (state licensing requirements vary), and check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[15] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.city-data.com/forum/house/118593-talk-me-about-travertine-floors.html
  2.  www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-strengthen-subfloor-for-travertine-flooring-insta...
  3.  www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-clean-and-maintain-a-travertine-floor
  4.  www.doityourself.com/stry/pros-and-cons-of-a-travertine-floor
  5.  www.stonelocator.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=stone&ID=3513&refFuse=basicSearch&StoneT...
  6.  www.marble-institute.com/directory/index.cfm
  7.  www.homedepot.com/Flooring/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xglZaq7r/Ntk-All/Ntt-travertine%2Bfloor/h...
  8.  www.lowes.com/SearchCatalog?N=0&Ntt=travertine
  9.  www.builddirect.com/Travertine-Tile.aspx
  10.  www.fastfloors.com/_library/search.asp?qtxt=travertine&submit=GO
  11.  www.southcypress.com/Flooring?search=travertine
  12.  www.stonelocator.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=basicsearch&StoneType=13
  13.  www.wfca.org/FlooringStoreLocator.aspx
  14.  www.contractors-license.org/
  15.  www.bbb.org/en/us/search
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