Travertine

Travertine is a natural stone. It is a type of limestone that is formed by extreme heat and pressure, and has been around for centuries; in fact, it was used in the Coliseum two millennia ago. It possess a sophisticated look that is sure to add a touch of elegance and history to any space.

Colors

Travertine is available in a wide range of earthy tones including shades of:

  • Cream
  • Beige
  • Tan
  • Walnut
  • Gold
  • Coral
  • Red
  • Blue

Typically, these colors will be on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Travertine can be nearly solid or have lots of movement and veining like you would find in marble and granite.

Finishes

Travertine is available in multiple finishes including: Polished, honed (a.k.a. matte), tumbled, and brushed.

Polished
Travertine with a polished finish has a shiny appearance. This finish is achieved through a grinding and buffing process.

Honed (a.k.a. matte)
Travertine with a honed finish has a smooth, almost soft surface. This finish is achieved through a sanding process.

Tumbled
Travertine with a tumbled finish has a rough surface. It is almost like a rock you’d find outside. This is achieved through the use of abrasive grit and water.

Brushed
Travertine with a brushed finish has a sort of antique appearance. It is somewhat rough with a matte look. This is achieved by rubbing the Travertine with a tool like a wire brush.

Pros

Travertine has many pros including:

Natural
Travertine is a natural material and a great way to bring a touch of nature into your home.

Unique
Like all natural stone materials, a piece of travertine is one-of-a-kind.

Strong
While travertine may be easy to scratch, as a stone, it is quite durable. In day-to-day (normal) usage you don’t have to be concerned about it cracking.

Reflective
Travertine is a reflective material. That, in combination with its lightness (in color), make it a great material for small spaces.

Cons

There are some cons to travertine including:

Low Abrasion Resistance
Travertine is relatively soft for a natural stone. This means it fairly easy to scratch.

Porous
Travertine is a porous material which means it is prone to staining. Be careful when using acidic materials around travertine, and be sure to wipe up any spills promptly.

Maintenance
Travertine requires regular sealing to prevent staining.

Summary

Travertine is a classic natural stone that is often overlooked today. While it is softer than some and thus more prone to scratching and can stain, Travertine is a beautiful product that can add a touch of sophistication and airiness to any space. If you're trying to create an oasis within your home definitely consider travertine.

 
 

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