Travertine is known for its strength and fantastic appearance and is probably one of the oldest stones that have been used throughout history.
Belonging to the limestone family also known as Calcium Carbonate, It is formed by minerals dissolving in ground water and then being deposited on the earth’s surface by rivers, natural springs, or geysers.
One of the advantage over other natural stones, it hardens with age and exposure. Due to its origins and structure, it can be processed in many ways, leading to different visual effects. Prior to polishing, the ‘cracks’ (in the form of holes) can be filled either in a matching colour or with clear poly-resin, or even in a contrasting colour.
This is why home owners & architects are attracted to travertine tiles for construction of residential as well as commercial buildings. It is one of the natural stone tiles that fill well for wall and building cladding. Not only are they hard wearing but are attractive for their overall beauty. Travertine tiles contine to provide an ideal option for both indoor and outdoor use.
Travertine tiles can have four major finishes, polished (shiny), honed (matte), brushed and tumbled (Antiqued). The type of finish given to the travertine tile will determine how shiny the surface will be. Polished and honed surfaces are flat and smooth; the brushed and tumbled surfaces are flat but textured. The polished surface is the shiniest, while the tumbled surface reflects the least amount of light. The most favoured finish for travertine tiles is honed.
Another feature that makes Travertine a favourite with homeowners is its resistance to dust. Maintenance is simple & easy, as it is naturally a clean material that is impervious to dirt. All that is needed to keep them sparkling is to mop the tile with a damp cloth after sweeping the dirt away.
They are easy to cut to shape, and are top of the list of building material preferred by developers and builders, mainly due to the beautiful look achieved for the price.