Travertine Info

01 Feb Travertine Info

Travertine tile is a natural material that has unique features that no other stone can offer. Travertine is a relatively hard stone. The distinctive design of Travertine creates some of the most distinguished floor tiles. The stone is characterized by tiny crevices, pitted holes and veins of contrasting color. Travertine is ideal for commercial and residential use. It can be used for floor tile, kitchen flooring, bathroom wall tile, bathroom floor tile, and it is often used externally. While travertine has been extensively quarried in Iran, it is also mined in Afghanistan, China, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Turkey and the US. Once it has been quarried it is cut for use in construction. Travertine can be ordered in various thicknesses. Travertine tile will vary in quality, density, porosity and hardness. These qualities should be considered in conjunction with their intended use. High traffic and outdoor applications, for example, should use a harder stone.
Travertine is a form of massive calcium carbonate, CaCO 3 , resulting from deposition by springs or rivers. It is often beautifully colored and banded as a result of the presence of iron compounds or other (e.g., organic) impurities. This material is variously known as calc-sinter and calcareous tufa (when used for decorative purposes), in fact Travertine is actually a dense closely compacted form of limestone.
Travertine is an excellent product for residential and commercial use and is becoming increasingly popular because not only does it have the elegant look of marble, but also once sealed Travertine tiles require very little maintenance, which allows for a timeless & beautiful appearance. Travertine is available in a number of finishes ranging from polish, cross-cut, regular-cut, honed & filled, honed & unfilled, tumbled, distressed-edge, patinato and unpolished to name a few.
Travertine tile possess a wide range of colors, and cover the spectrum from pure white to deep mahogany. The various hues of Travertine tile can sometimes be constant throughout large pieces and at times are blended. Travertine tile displays distinct veins at times and is a very sturdy natural stone.
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