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Travertine

Travertine is a type of limestone that forms in hot mineral springs around the world. This sedimentary and porous rock is often adorned with visible holes. When pure and fine, travertine is white, because the main mineral that makes it up is white coloured calcium. Due to impurities - sulfur, iron compounds, organic pigments - travertine can come in different colors and shades: walnut, red, yellow or beige.

Travertine is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material. The Romans mined deposits of travertine for building temples, aqueducts, monuments, bath complexes, and amphitheaters such as the Colosseum, the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine.

Because of its modesty and neutrality, travertine is often used by designers in private and public spaces. Due to the natural porosity, travertine panels have holes that are either filled with special sealant or left open. It is easy to maintain the travertine‘s non-slip surface.

 

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Travertine properties

  1. Medium hard (Mohs scale 4-5)
  2. Porous
  3. With natural holes
  4. Absorbs oil, water and other liquids
  5. Good sound and temperature isolation
  6. Mostly used indoors
  7. Will change colour in direct sunlight
  8. Atsparus šalčiui
  9. Sensitive to scratches
  10. Sensitive to acids
  11. Requires sealing every 3 years

What is travertine used for?

  • Kitchen worktops
  • Bathroom vanities
  • Furniture tops
  • Wall cladding
  • Fireplace surrounds