Travertine is a banded form of limestone naturally occurring along mineral springs around the globe. It is a beautiful stone with a unique appearance and distinct texture, which makes it a popular choice in the construction industry. Available in ivory, beige, brown, silver, and gold, it has different bands running throughout the surface of the slab.
Travertine is known for the visible tiny pits scattered across its surface. This “imperfection” is the result of the way the stone formed over time. This same characteristic gives it the classic, rustic look when used on floors and walls.
Often, resin fill these pits during production inside the factory. Others, however, prefer to leave it unfilled. The grade of the material is commensurate with the number of holes on its surface. The lesser the pits, the higher its quality.
Widely used in ancient Greek and Roman architecture, Travertine was used to build temples, aqueducts, and amphitheaters back then. Today, it works in many applications, such as floors, walls, medallions, fireplaces, and pool decks. Outdoors, (1.) it stays cool on your feet and (2.) it provides a safe walking area with the right surface finish.
Various surface finishes are applicable on Travertine. Depending on the field of application, it can be polished to achieve a smooth, reflective surface or it can be honed for a non-slip, satin sheen.
Travertine is highly porous natural stone. It must be sealed properly once installed. For high-traffic areas, sealing must be done every year or so. For walls, on the other hand, it can be applied less frequently as desired. As a general rule to every stone, if you notice that an area darkens when it comes contact with water, that is the time you should reseal.
Before purchasing a sealer for Travertine, it is important to know the availability of various types of sealer in the market. These differences affect the appearance of the stone once sealed. Some contain color enhancers; while others are water-based.
The stone’s appearance improves with age and maintains its natural color over time. Once properly cared for, its aesthetic appeal will not deteriorate for decades. Travertine is a highly versatile material which adds beauty and sophistication to any classic or contemporary home. Mixed and matched with the right cabinetry, wall paint, and floor tiles, it transforms a simple area into a luxurious living space.