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Travertine Buying Checklist

Light Travertine in Bathroom

Once you have decided you like the look of travertine, you need to prepare yourself before selecting a specific vendor or style of tile. You need to create a budget, find out more about the tile options and accessories, learn about installation costs, understand the warranty, and possibly discuss financing. Use these questions to help guide you in the decision making process.


Budgeting a project is an important first step. By figuring out how much you can afford to spend before you begin, you are better able to plan appropriately.

  • What is your budget? If you give the dealer a budget, they can steer you towards the selections that fit within that budget.
  • What is the price of the flooring per square foot? This is more important than price per tile, as you will figure the overall project cost by using square footage.
  • Is there an advantage for paying cash for the tile and installation?
  • Are any of the travertine tiles on sale? If so, do they have enough for your project?
  • Is there a discount if installation is done by the same company?

Usage and Accessories

The way the tile is going to be used is an important factor. You will also want to gather information about the other items that are necessary when installing tile such as finishes and tile size.

  • How can the tile be used? Some tile is primarily used for backsplashes or fireplaces, while other tile is suited for flooring.
  • What size tile do you need for your project? The size of the room will help determine what size tile flooring you need. Take samples in different sizes to see how it will look in your room.
  • What type of tile is best for the foot traffic it will receive?
  • How big is the room it will be used in? This will help you get an accurate quote for the amount of tile you will need.
  • What type of finish do you want and what finishes are available?
  • What type of cut was used on the tile?
  • What is the grade of the tile?
  • What kind of sealer does the company use?
  • What accessories are available and what is their cost?
Travertine Mosaic and Molding

Travertine Mosaic and Molding

Installation and Warranty

You also need to consider the warranty offered on the tile and the price of installation. Regardless of whether you are having the tile installed by the same company that you buy it from, you need to factor in installation costs when planning your project.

  • What type of subflooring do you have? There may be a difference in installation cost depending on if you have a wood or concrete subfloor.
  • Is there a fee for removing and disposing of the current flooring? If you are removing existing flooring yourself, you need to find out where to take it to be disposed of and the cost to do so.
  • What kind of warranty is offered on the tile?
  • Can you inspect the crates of tile before installation and will you be reimbursed for broken tiles?


Installing flooring can be an expensive project. Fortunately, many companies offer financing. If you would like to obtain financing for your project there are additional questions you will need to ask:

  • Is a down payment required?
  • What is the available credit limit?
  • What are the estimated monthly payments?
  • Is there a fee to open a line of credit?
  • Is there an annual fee?
  • What are the terms of the loan and the interest rate?
  • Are there any special incentives or promotions associated with using in house financing such as deferred payments?

(5) Comments

    • Hi there Dewanda.

      Travertine is actually a natural stone product and is not man-made like porcelain. Travertine is produced from quarries all over the world. The best way to grade travertine is by the amount of color variation and the amount of filler. Products with low filler amount and low color variation are considered higher grade. While travertine with a lot of color variation and a lot of filler are generally considered lower grade. Hope that helps.

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