Everything you need to know about travertine

Travertine – a sedimentary natural stone that is recognized for the classic, elegant and distinctive look is formed when hot water seeps through carbonate minerals. Travertine is a light colored stone and is available in shades of grey, gold, light brown, white and tan. One of the most desirable qualities of travertine is its unpolished weathered look. Depending on its finish, travertine has a wide range of appearances apart from the common rustic look. Due to the fact that travertine is a natural stone no two travertine will look exactly the same. Depending on the look you want for your floors, you can go with small mosaic tiles or large slabs of travertine.

Travertine is used as a building material and also for facades, backsplashes, and countertops and for other decorative purposes. It is a type of limestone whose sediment is composed of calcium carbonates; hot and mineral rich water flows through the limestone and the carbon dioxide released creates the unique features of travertine. Due to its porous feature and having little holes throughout its body, it is important you consider whether you want filled or unfilled travertine. Filled or unfilled simply refers to whether these holes are filled or not; we would recommend filled travertine because they are more durable. Also have in mind that the look of your specific travertine floors depends solely on the finish applied.

Types of Travertine: There are four main types of finish for travertine; tumbled, honed, brushed and polished.

  • Tumbled travertine: It has rounded edges which contribute to its distinctive look; it has more texture than the brushed travertine and also looks more weathered and aged.
  • Polished travertine: It is glossy and shiny, the colours are richer and they are very smooth and flat. They tend to be slippery when wet and are stain resistant.
  • Honed travertine: It is the commonest type of travertine flooring; the surface has been polished flat, but not glossy unlike the polished travertine.
  • Brushed travertine: It  shares some features with tumbled travertine and a wire brush is used to abrade the surface to improve its texture.

Pros of Travertine: Travertine stones are as beautiful and durable unlike other stones such as marbles or granite. However, they are about twice as cheap as others. They have a natural non-slippery texture and are ideal for bathrooms, pools, showers, etc. Its porous surface is easy to grip and walk on. It is both recyclable and biodegradable. If interested in upcycling, one can even try to find salvaged pieces of travertine from an old installation for a new project. Travertine also has a timeless look. It also comes in a variety of stunning colours and various patterns.

Cons of Travertine: Travertine doesn’t retain heat well, so when you step barefoot onto your tile on a cold morning, you’ll notice the chill immediately. Your installation will probably take time, because travertine is quite heavy. Travertine installation will take longer, and you might face limitations in using them. Natural travertine has many holes, making it a very porous material. As a result, the stone can get stains more easily from spills, especially from acidic substances. Travertine is hardy in nature, but it is prone to chipping and also brittles due to its limestone component.

Application of Travertine:

1. Travertine Kitchens: Travertine tiles are great for high-traffic areas like kitchens. This material is also great for the kitchen backsplash.

2. Travertine Walls: If you want to bring a real stone touch then you should use travertine tiles on walls and ceilings.You can also use them in dens, hallways, wine cellars and studies.

3. Travertine Pool Decks: Tumbled Travertine Pavers provide a refined and beautiful space around a pool deck. It is a best choice for tropical areas as it absorbs extra water to keep the place safe to walk upon. Besides, during the summer, the place will stay cool and there will be no burning of feet during the hot summer months.

4. Travertine Flooring: Travertine tiles and pavers are a simple way to enhance the value of your house. Since it is economical as compared to other natural stones, it is now becoming popular for flooring. It is also good for high traffic areas.

5. Travertine Bathrooms: Travertine mosaics are available in various designs and colours to add luxury to a bathroom. They are less in pricing as compared to other stones.

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