People spend quite a time and money on home renovations and beautification. One of the important aspects in this regard is the type and design of flooring to be chosen. Normally, there are options such as hardwood, limestone, lamination but marble and travertine tiles are popularly used. Here is a brief comparison between marble and travertine:

Some people think travertine is marble

To clear the doubt once and for all, travertine is not marble. The basic characteristics are different. It is natural stone and formed in hot springs or limestone caves. It is formed as a result of additional heat and pressure of earth’s crust being applied on limestone. It is different from marble as it has pores in its surface.


When it comes to durability, marble is more durable than travertine pavers. It is hard and widely used in commercial and residential areas. Travertine is comparatively less hard and not recommended for commercial use. Durability of a marble stone can be acknowledged from the fact that various ancient heritage structures such as Taj Mahal and Lincoln Memorial are built of marble and still standing tall with elegance.


Cost of manufacturing and processing travertine tiles is more than that of marble. But considering the popularity and wide usage, marble comes with a higher price tag than travertine. Some range of marbles have limited supply and it costs quite high to a tile importer.


Considering usability, both travertine and marble are quite popular choices in the rest of the world. Travertine tiles, due to high friction property is widely used as outside pavers. A less polished travertine flooring is used alongside swimming pools to prevent slippery accidents. Marble is commonly used as bathroom wall tiles. It is used as commercial and residential flooring as well. Due to its natural character of staying cool, it is most suitable to be used in bakery who are working with chocolates, pastries and ice cream