Travertine is a kind of limestone, formed around the mouths of hot springs and in streams. The circulating groundwater contains calcium carbonate, which saturates the limestone. Environmental changes cause this water to release carbon dioxide in the form of forceful air bubbles. The residual calcium carbonate recrystallizes, trapping biotic material like moss, algae and more, leading to interesting patterns in the stone. Over time, the stone hardens inside caves and around geyser fields.
Travertine is available in a rainbow spectrum of colours, ranging from white to red, yellow to tan and silver to multi-colour – choose the ones that best suit your design theme.
Being an extremely porous stone characterized by numerous holes and troughs. It’s not the first choice for flooring, but it can be used after being filled. You can typically use processed travertine for:
Many people think that travertine is marble or a type of marble but that is not the case. Travertine is a different stone from marble and it has its own unique properties and metrics. It is extracted from hot springs and limestone caves and used around the globe for indoor and outdoor use. Travertine is comprised of mostly calcite, which makes it somewhat similar to marble and a much softer stone than regular limestone.
Travertine is highly porous, which helps them readily absorb water. This makes them a safety-conscious option for those considering a DIY travertine installation by the pool.
No, travertine needs as much care as any other natural stone. Travertine should ideally be sealed every year or so. Wipe away spills as soon as possible, and take measures to avoid spilling acidic liquid or chemicals since the stone will absorb them.