Travertine – The Amazement of Nature
A member of the limestone family, Travertine shares some similar characteristics such as being soft and porous. Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan and cream-colored varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material. Travertine is a terrestrial sedimentary rock, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from solution in ground and surface waters, and/or geothermally heated hot-springs. Travertine is formed with many small cavities and holes running through it that can be filled in with cement or resin, or left unfilled for a textured surface. The surface is then polished to a rough or highly polished finish. The filled-in areas remain dull which creates an interesting contrast.
- Weathered, natural look.
- Highly polished finish.
- Fibrous or concentric appearance.
- Used for facades, stairs, interiors and decorative pieces.
Travertine can be used in flooring in numerous rooms in your home. However, like limestone, travertine will require you to have preventative maintenance performed over time, due to its porosity. Travertine is often used as a building material. Travertine is one of several natural stones that are used for paving patios and garden paths. Travertine is one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture, and is commonly seen as facade material, wall cladding, and flooring. The relative softness of the stone, combined with the holes and troughs, make travertine flooring particularly difficult to finish and maintain. Aggressive grinding sometimes called honing can reveal previously hidden air pockets that significantly change the look of the floor