Hardwood Flooring Vs. Travertine Tile


Travertine tile and hardwood floors are two well-received types of flooring. Many people prefer one over the other for various reasons and because both have their own distinct pros and cons.

Hardwood Pros

  • Good hardwood flooring can be very durable and easy to clean and polish. LuxuryHousingTrends.com states that hardwood flooring typically raises the value of a home as well.

Hardwood Cons

  • Hardwood flooring is fairly easy to scuff and scratch so it will need to be maintained and refinished semi-regularly. Hardwood flooring can also be quite costly. Without good sound insulation, the floor will be loud and with time it may begin to creak.

Travertine Pros

  • Travertine is a type of stone that has natural veins that lead to a one-of-a-kind look considered beautiful to many. Travertine is easier to cut, shape and install than many other stones used for tiling.

Travertine Cons

  • Travertine is a very porous stone, which could lead to staining or other problems if liquid--even water--is spilled on it. Natural travertine also has many holes, which are filled and smoothed in the factory but may come back with time and foot traffic.


  • Both hardwood flooring and travertine tile offer a depth of variety. With wood, there are different types and finishes available that lead to a large selection of shades and colors. Similarly, travertine tile comes in many different colors with an array of finishing methods producing different looks.

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