WHAT IS TRAVERTINE?

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Travertine is an earthbound sedimentary rock with rusty varieties. It’s formed as a limestone that is created by a hot spring. However, the key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. It’s formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals which creates the natural travertine.

One of the most unique ways and preferred features of travertine is its rustic look. As well with is porous stone feature, it’s offered in two variants as one of them being filled & the other one is unfilled. The filled travertine is always smoother and more durable and also looks more modern with its filled feature. Travertine, however, is mostly popular as travertine tiles used for floors, walls, backsplashes or counter tops. Its qualities and aesthetic values make it a preferred material both for indoor and outdoor projects.

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What Is The Origins of Travertine?

The word travertine comes from the Italian word ‘Travertino’ and is linked to a district near Rome called Tivoli, which is where a lot of travertine is naturally formed. Since primitive times travertine is being used as building material and a lot of amphitheaters. Ancient temples, monuments and courtyards are often made from travertine. Excellent examples of travertines and it’s longevity of the stone, the Colosseum. Which is the biggest building made almost entirely of travertine. Others would be Colonnade of St. Peter’s Square in Rome & the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris. Travertine has been used since the first earliest usage in the First Egyptian Dynasty in 3200 BC.

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What Are The Colors of Travertine?

Travertine is available in a variety of colors from grey to gold. The colors of the Travertine forms naturally with the composition of chemical and mineral compounds and pressure exposed over a very long period of time.

What Are The Different Types of Travertine?

Travertine stone can be processed in different forms and versions depending on the final modeling projects. They vary in size and thickness depending upon the product type.

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  1. Travertine Pavers
    They are ideal for outdoor projects such as pool decks, patios and driveway. Installed over sand, very durable, typically 1 ¼’’ thick. Travertine pavers are installed with the help of sand or gravel. They are very durable and typically 1 ¼” – 2” thick. Travertine pavers are available in different colors from cream tones to gray shades and also from gold to brown.
  2. Travertine Tiles
    They are normally 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″ thick and they have square edges which makes its installation effortless. Travertine tiles are mostly used for interior projects. They are installed using grout and the surface needs to be smoothed out before applying grout and installing the tiles.
  3. Travertine Mosaic Tiles
    Mosaic tiles are small square shaped tiles generally 1” x 1” 2” x 2” sizes in various colors. Travertine tiles can be used both for indoor and outdoor decorations. They are for example perfect for a backsplash or accent wall. Also they can be used for pool deck, tub surrounds, bath walls, flooring accents, decorative nooks and kitchen backsplashes.

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