Travertine is created when minerals have dissolved in the ground water and then get moved by natural springs and rivers above ground. It is taken from quarries in large blocks and then cut down into smaller blocks.Travertine is relatively a soft stone, very similar to limestone. However, due to its density, it is also considered a type of marble, which is suitable for many decorating and flooring options.Travertine comes in a variety of colors from ivory, to beige, to reddish brown, and even gold — depending on how much iron is present.It also comes in different finishes such as polished, matte, brushed, or tumbled. Polished Travertine resembles marble, and brushed or tumbled Travertine has a more antiqued look.
Its bucolic yet elegant look makes it ideal for neutral or traditional décor.
Advantages of Travertine stone:
Soft: Due to the softness of travertine stone, it is easier to cut and shape than many other stones. It is easy to be fitted in areas that are small or oddly shaped. More easily to replay if some tiles has damaged.
Versatile: Can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, living quarters, and outside. Sink counters, floors, tub surrounds, and showers, decks and patios, driveways, and pool surrounds.
Lithotypes: These are lithotypes with a characteristic "vacuolar" structure, i.e. very rich in cavities with variable forms and sizes. This feature means that they are light, insulating and with good resistance to the action of freezing.
-Need to avoid being used in high traffic and pet areas, need more care to maintain.
-Susceptible to scratching.
-Will absorb water and moisture. Need to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen to prevent the Travertine from soaking them up and causing damage.
-Highly reactive to acidic substances; need to steer clear of acidic or abrasive cleaners, which could harm and damage the stone and resulting in permanent damage.