Travertine Flooring – Ancient to Modern
Travertine is often referred to as travertine marble and falls somewhere between the marble and limestone. It is made of calcium carbonate and is usually found in the form of deposits near warm or hot springs. It is formed by dissolved limestone, mixed with steam under great pressure. It provides several different looks by the use of tumbling and honing and filling any deep fissures.
The fascination of travertine stone has its roots in the history of artistic culture of Italy. It was frequently used in ancient times as a building material. Because travertine is such a porous material, it should be sealed before use in construction or renovation projects.
Aside from its obvious beauty, durability is one of the elements that lead people to choose natural stone for home building and home improvement projects. Travertine stone flooring is easy to clean and permits the removal of soil and dust deposited on the surface. This feature is directly linked to the compactness and impermeability of the travertine stone flooring, as well as to the travertine stone’s resistance to chemical agents. Travertine stone flooring easily withstand the action of solvents and special cleaning products and it’s resistant to the action of acids and bases.
The artistic quality of travertine makes this material a very required and utilized building material for floorings and wall coverings, for indoor or outdoor floors and for decorations. Travertine flooring is available in different colors and finishes, from natural, neutral colors such as creamy white and beige to tan and reddish brown. The color depends quite a bit on the impurities and iron content of the stone. Honed travertine flooring is smooth, but unlike polished, it has a matte finish. Polished travertine flooring is smooth, but buffed and polished until shiny. Tumbled travertine flooring has a rougher, textured finish and often has rounded corners for an antique look. Since stone can withstand the ravages of weather and outdoor elements, it is unlikely to be damaged when used in the home.
High tech travertine stone creates original and fascinating surroundings, which is functional, durable, and aesthetically striking all at the same time – one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture, and is commonly seen as facade material, wall cladding, and flooring. Travertine has been used and relied upon as tile for thousands of years, holding a place in the development of civilization from the Ancient Greeks, to the Roman Empire, and onto today’s modern age in equal measure.