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Old 11-26-2016, 06:39 AM
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anyone with knowledge on travertine tops that can tell me is this a durable product? is it harder to clean and maintain in any way? thanks for input.
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In this situation, I would want a sealed product (sealed granite, Corian/Quartz). JMO
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ANY natural marble is susceptible to staining. Sucks up color like a sponge.
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Have it in my master bath, both tops and it's been durable for 5 years, no staining.
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Have it in my master bath, both tops and it's been durable for 5 years, no staining.
You've been fortunate.

It's well known in the industry that marble is very susceptible to staining. Regular sealing helps tremendously.

We had a custom marble top installed..it had a rust stain on the bottom..3cm. thick. Took only a week for the stain to appear on the top surface. Most common problem is plumbers setting the faucet in old style plumbers putty. Oil from the putty causes a dark ring around the faucet.
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If it's not flat and smooth, es no bueno.
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Travertine is a marble, and it's relatively soft for a rock surface. And it stains, too.

Just okay for back splashes, etc. if sealed properly.
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Quartzite has the marble look but not the porosity/staining of marble.

This is the quartzite we did in the master bathroom:

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I would go with granite.
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My last bathroom I went with cultured marble because we have it in the other bathroom and like the molded/integrated sink. The older ones are over 30 years old and still look good. Not a modern choice, but has stood the test of time.
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My last bathroom I went with cultured marble because we have it in the other bathroom and like the molded/integrated sink. The older ones are over 30 years old and still look good. Not a modern choice, but has stood the test of time.
Cultured marble is plastic. Corian is similar, but generally harder. Both are machined with wood working tools.

"Quartz" tops (Silestone, etc.) are stone with a product like epoxy mixed in. Granite (which may contain marble) and marble, soapstone, quartzite are all natural. All must be worked with stone working machinery.
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I agree with bill here, but I love travertine. So I put it in my laundry room where it doesn't see any liquids.

For the marble fans that don't want to deal with the constant headache of real marble, quartz is bullet proof and looks great. And marble is an absolute nightmare with staining.
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Our bathrooms have travertine on the floors and counters and showers. The previous owners built the bathrooms in 1999. None of the surfaces are stained.
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Love mine in the master. Have nice wide porcelain vessel sinks mounted on top though. I don't think my side has ever been wet. Wife's side...no telling. I built separate vanities just so I could keep mine clutter free!

Would not use in a kids bath, but master (I did), power room, guest bath, etc...why not.
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I did Quartzite in my guest. Beautiful and durable. Travertine and marble are a little soft and porous for a heavily used bathroom IMO.
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
I agree with bill here, but I love travertine. So I put it in my laundry room where it doesn't see any liquids.

For the marble fans that don't want to deal with the constant headache of real marble, quartz is bullet proof and looks great. And marble is an absolute nightmare with staining.
Well, can't disagree on the appearance. I believe alot has to do with how well sealed it is/was. Travertine also is darker, and doesn't show stains like whitish marble.

I use a product..(something) Gold.. as a sealer. Stupid expensive >$100/gallon. But it works!
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anyone with knowledge on travertine tops that can tell me is this a durable product? is it harder to clean and maintain in any way? thanks for input.
Too porous for that use.
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I put one in a rental once with a vessel sink and had no issues for the years we had the place. I think the 72" slab cost me like $90 back then, and it is easy to cut and sand down yourself. It's also really easy to break when transporting. For the $ it was a great deal. Need to fill it for sure, and seal well.

I'd not hesitate to do that again. Top or under mount sink might give me more pause because of the big hole and I'd be concerned about that breaking.
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