Travertine stones result from hot spring water penetrating up through underground limestone. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind layers of dissolved limestone and other minerals, giving it its banded appearance. Travertine stones are generally light-colored beiges and tans.
Most common uses for Travertine:
Travertine is generally used for floors, walls, countertops and for outside as cladding and pavement. Travertine is generally filled with grout before it is honed or polished, which produces a uniform surface more like other marbles. Unfilled travertine is also quite beautiful, and is often seen on exterior surfaces of buildings.
How To Select Your Stone:
The selection of stone is a very personal choice. Stone in the home speaks to the homeowner’s appreciation of beauty and style. While granite continues to be the most popular choice, marble, travertine, and soapstone are gaining in popularity. Quartz products, a composite product of natural quartz and resins, are also gaining in popularity. It is important to understand the properties of each type of stone and its durability before making a final selection.