Travertine is a a form of limestone. Marble, by the way, is a form of limestone as well: metamorphosed limestone. Travertine and limestone have a strength and durability to withstand the ages – look at the amazing structures from the ancient Rome that still stand today.
Durability alone is not why this material is so commonly used on floors. Unlike it’s counterparts, travertine (and limestone, though not as often used as travertine varieties such as Durango Travertine from Mexico or Turkish Travertine) has a soft, smooth feel rather than the hard, slippery feel of marble or granite. You can find travertine in a polished form, but most installations for flooring use the honed finish.
Travertine has natural holes in the material, resulting during its formation. These holes are obvious in tumbled forms of the material, and give any area a nice, rustic look. These tiles are often used as accents or kitchen back splashes. Larger tiles are common outdoors.
Travertine is also more common in terms of residential flooring because of it’s durability. Marble is a far softer and more porous stone, so for high traffic areas that require little maintenance, travertine and limestone are top picks. Commercial installations should look into granite, the strongest of the materials.
For indoor installations, the most common travertine is honed, and filled. Filled means that the holes of the material have been filled with an epoxy that is meant to resemble natural colors that could pass as sediment in the stone. If you can’t find the color fill that you like, an unfilled tile can later be filled with the same or different grout than the one used between the seams of the tile.
Polished travertine is common in showers. These days you can find travertine slab fairly readily available, and it makes a great alternative for vanity tops and kitchen counters.
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We service Southern California, specializing in Orange County. We have worked as far south as San Diego and as far north as Los Angeles, and will make trips for exceptional projects. Our focus is in Orange County, in Irvine, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, and more. We have references in just about every one of these areas, and have probably hauled tiles or a countertop by your door at some point over the past decade or so.
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We hope that you consider us, Marble Design Center of Orange County, the next time you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, or installing marble, travertine, or natural stone tile in your home. Vanity tops, kitchen countertops, and fireplace surrounds are a specialty, and our fabricators are experiences, courteous, and there to make your project a success.
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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.