Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the limestone cave or the mouth of a hot spring. It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material. The Romans mined deposits of travertine for building temples, monuments, bath complexes, and amphitheaters such as the Colosseum, the largest building in the world was constructed mostly with travertine.
Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion. The grade of travertine is determined based on the holes within the stone. The less holes there are within travertine, the better is the quality.
Features of Travertine Flooring
- A surface that is easy to maintain.
- A natural stone tile that will look great in a number of settings.
- A tile that is made to last.
- A way to increase the re-sale value of properties.
Physical Properties of Travertine
|Light transmission||Typically subtranslucent in all but extremely thin pieces|
|Luster||Dull to pearly or even subvitreous.|
|Miscellany||Effervesces with dilute HCl.|
|Hardness||3-4 Moh’s scale|
|Color||Colorless, White, Pink, Yellow, Brown|
Most Common Indoor Travertine Usage
- Travertine Flooring and Walls
- Stairs & Steps
- Bathroom & Showers
- Countertops & Backsplashes
- Travertine Sinks & Vessels
- Indoor Split Face Walls
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