Travertine – What Makes it Unique?
Every natural stone has at least a handful of characteristics that make it unique and help it to stand out from the rest of the materials. Whether it is the texture, hardness, color, or even its rarity, each stone is marked – and you might even say defined – by these variants. Travertine is no different. In this post, we will take a look at a couple of factors that make this interesting limestone so unique and identifiable.
Travertine Forms in a Unique Environment
One of the key aspects of travertine’s formation is where it is formed and how. It forms from hot springs containing minerals. These minerals are made up of calcium carbonate and are deposited near cave mouths or around the aforementioned hot springs to form this very recognizable form of limestone. Travertine is a relatively soft stone and comes in brown tones like tan and beige. It is very distinct in appearance and is marked by a very specific feature that also makes it somewhat unique.
The Distinct Appearance of Travertine
The environment in which it forms is not the only factor that contributes to the unique nature of this popular stone. Its appearance is also a distinguishing characteristic. Travertine that has not been filled will have very noticeable pores throughout. This porous appearance is cause by a variety of organisms that colonize on the surface. As the stone forms, these organisms are preserved and cause the porosity that marks this beautiful natural stone.
As you might have guessed, travertine needs to be taken care of. There are a range of products to help you in taking care of travertine. The image to the left shows travertine that has been treated with a travertine filler to accentuate the pores in the stone. Travertine fillers come in various neutral colors as well as transparent. These products can also be used for gluing and repairing damaged or chipped travertine.
Travertine is a popular variant of limestone that is often used in residential and commercial building. It is distinctive and is formed in a unique manner and location. It’s appeal has proven to be very high. It is used in a variety of ways and some beautiful design applications.