Travertine tile is a durable and attractive natural stone in a class by itself. Famous structures like the Roman Coliseum stand as a tribute to the long-lasting nature of travertine as a building material. There are many installers and DIYers today who have used travertine tile as both floorings and as wall tile who will also sing its praises as a practical and unique decorative addition to their interiors and exteriors. So, travertine tile has been used and relied upon as tile for thousands of years, holding a place in the development of civilization from the Ancient Greeks, to the Roman Empire, and onto today’s modern age in equal measure. But what are some of the defining characteristics of travertine which sets it apart from other natural stone flooring and tile options?
Travertine is related to marble, actually falling somewhere between marble and limestone in terms of its development over thousands of years. Travertine is formed by subterranean springs, underground rivers, and other water sources. These water sources carry mineral elements such as calcium carbonate that build up over long periods of time in the same way stalactites and stalagmites in caves are formed. The resultant stone is a smooth and very hard substance further characterized by its porous surface. These pores are the result of gases escaping as the travertine is formed. By the time it is quarried, travertine is naturally beautiful – a smooth, dense stone that exhibits a notable creamy color that evokes a certain old-world refinement. Commonly found in Italy and Turkey, travertine remains to be a popular import for construction products all over the world, including North America.
Some Basic Issues
At Stone Masters of Idaho, we want your travertine to look its best. Learn about what makes each stone type unique and what variety will work best for you. By learning about the strengths and weaknesses of each type, you can learn how to avoid common wear and tear issues.
How to Care For Your Travertine
Much like marble and limestone, travertine follows suit when it comes to how to care for it. As you can see above, the issues that travertine are prone to will match both marble and limestone almost identically as far as the basics go. This means that caring for your travertine will require polishing, honing and sealing to ensure long lasting shine and that new ‘fresh” look. Nobody wants to spend a significant amount of money and then have the product look bad. That’s where Stone Masters come in and shine! With our 20 years of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise for every situation. Let us worry about polishing, restoration, replacement and new installations!