What is Travertine?

Travertine is a Natural, Heavy Stone

A 4’ x 3’ x 4’ pallet can weigh 3200 lbs. or more!

Differences Between Travertine and Other Natural Stone

The hardness of Travertine and its appearance (which results from its formation) makes this stone different.  Travertine also contains holes within the stone, caused by carbon dioxide escaping while being formed in hot springs or caves.

Travertine is Not the Same as Marble or Limestone

Despite how Travertine is formed, it is not the same as marble or limestone, which actually fall in the metamorphic rock category.

How the Grade of Travertine is Usually Determined

Generally speaking, the fewer the holes within the stone, the higher the grade.  The most popular colors are Ivory, Beige, Walnut colors (light, medium, dark), Noce (dark brown), Silver and Gold. Combinations of these colors are also possible.

What are Travertine Tiles Versus Travertine Pavers?

Travertine tiles are generally 0.5” thick while Travertine pavers are approximately 1.25” thick.

Should Travertine Be Sealed?

Yes, Travertine should be sealed to resist stains and bring out the rich beauty of the stone.

If water readily absorbs into it, then it is time to re-seal the stone.  Generally speaking, you may use the same sealer as you would concrete or brick.  Always test any product in a small inconspicuous area for colorfastness.

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