Travertine has been a California favorite for a long time. The earthy tones and cool, soft surface makes it ideal for the California heat, but also gives the home a tranquil, natural look. Travertine comes in many cuts and finishes. Here you see a large 18″ x 18″ travertine tile, tight fit installation. The tiles are honed above, but travertine comes in a polished finish, as well as tumbled variety. These tiles are also filled, meaning that the naturally occurring holes in the stone are filled with a cement or resin, and unfilled, allowing a more rustic finish.
Travertine comes from a lot of sources, most popularly Turkey. The stone is similar to a marble in that it is a metamorphic stone, and is found near waterbeds. Because of the high heat and pressure present in the formation of this stone, naturally occurring holes appear as liquids are pushed to the surface and through the stone as it hardens.
Travertine is not as hard as granite, which is used more for commercial purposes and in areas that have high stress, such as a kitchen countertop. It is not as soft as marble, on the other hand, offering greater durability and resistance to scratching and staining on your floor. This allows you to have a natural surface with less maintenance and case, enjoying the benefits of a natural material with less stress of caring for it. This does not mean you should neglect it! Seal all natural surfaces once or twice a year depending on traffic.
If you are looking for natural stone travertine fabrication or installation for your floor in Orange County, California, then contact the Marble Design Center of Orange County for your free estimate.