Travertine is a natural stone and is a popular building material that is used in everything from floors, countertops, backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, showers, and sinks. It can even be used outdoors. Travertine is a sedimentary rock that is close in chemical composition to limestone. It is warm, elegant and durable, but as with most stone surfaces, it requires a degree of extra care to maintain its natural beauty.Travertine is a medium-density, porous material with a pitted surface that is usually filled and sealed for increased durability, though it can be left unfilled for a more natural look. The finish can be polished, honed or textured. Much of the travertine commercially available in the U.S. comes from Italy, Turkey, and Mexico.
There are some definite pros and cons of travertine tile. This is a quick overview of what you should know if you are considering travertine for your home:
~~Aesthetic appeal: travertine tile has a luxurious appearance that many people like. The stone has natural veining that makes each piece of travertine unique in appearance. There are also a variety of colors to choose from: muted neutral shades of tan and gray to bright bold shades of coral.
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