Facts About Travertine

Travertine is a type of limestone which forms in hot mineral springs around the world, with some of the largest concentrations of the stone being located in Yellowstone in America.

However, travertine is a very popular material and has some cool facts associated with it, and we’re taking a look at some of them here.

Travertine comes from all over the world

Travertine is unique because it is spread out among the world, so it travels to many different places.

With the principal mining points in places like Italy, Mexico and Turkey, the travertine you see in the shop has probably travelled thousands of miles to reach you.

The structure of the stone is unique

There are loads of different stones, and travertine still manages to be unique among all of them.

This is because it has naturally occurring holes in its surface, which are all responsible for altering the texture of the stone.

There can also be lots of different patterns which are formed over time because of chemical weathering.

It’s been in use for thousands of years

As a material, people have been using Travertine for years to build things, from the design of older houses to the aqueducts which were initially employed by the Romans.

In today’s designs, however, it finds itself being used for things such as floor tiles and walls, although it has seen some use as worktops and countertops.

There’s a lot of different colours available

You’ll always enjoy having stones which are in a range of different colours, and travertine is no exception.

It comes in colours such as white, tan, cream, gold and brown.

Synthetic colours such as red and pink are also possible, although they aren’t as prominent.

It’s extracted from the ground in many different ways

Another interesting fact about Travertine is that you don’t extract it from the ground in the same way that you do ordinary types of stones.

Channelling machines, chain saws, wire saws, and water jet cutting machines are all involved in the removal and mining of this kind of rock.

The holes in Travertine can be filled in

Despite the fact that there are naturally occurring holes in Travertine, you can fill them in, and this is usually done while they’re in the factories being chopped up into tiles.

As a general rule, the slab of the rock is more premium the smaller its holes are, so that’s worth looking into.

Overall, these are just a few of the cool facts about Travertine that you might not have known.

As a material, it can be unique due to the high number of naturally occurring holes, but it can also be very colourful and beautiful, which makes it a desirable choice when you’re looking for something a little nicer to decorate your home with.

You can fill the holes in if you’re looking for a more solid looking structure, and that always provides a good indicator as to how good the cut of the stone is, just by the size of the holes which are present.

Learn more about our travertine worktops.


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