Travertine is a natural stone that is a form of limestone and almost looks like marble. It is available in many earth colors, and has beautiful natural veining. It is less expensive than granite and some other marble types, but not the best suited for certain high traffic areas.
It is important to note that travertine is a porous material, and it requires regular sealing to maintain its quality and prevent staining from spills. Additionally, it may require more delicate handling to avoid chipping or cracking, compared to harder stones like granite.
Aesthetic appeal: Travertine has a beautiful and distinctive appearance with natural color variation and pitting and troughs, appearing in a concentric pattern. The pitting creates a rustic appeal for which travertine is known. This pitted surface is what gives it a warm aged look that will mature over time to create a beautiful patina that increases the stone’s beauty.
Versatility: Travertine can be used in a variety of applications, including countertops, backsplashes, bathroom vanities, and flooring. It is available in different finishes like polished, honed, and tumbled, allowing for versatile design options. It adds an elegant and luxurious touch to any space.
Natural and eco-friendly: Travertine is a natural stone that is formed in mineral hot springs. It does not contain any artificial or harmful materials, making it a sustainable and environmentally friendly option.
Easy maintenance: Travertine countertops are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Regular sealing can prevent staining and preserve its appearance. In case of any damage or scratches, travertine is easy to repair.
Heat resistance: Travertine has excellent heat resistance properties, meaning it won’t be easily damaged or discolored by hot pans or pots placed directly on the surface. It’s a great choice as a fireplace surround.
Durability: Travertine is able to hold up well to long-term wear and tear yet it’s less hard than granite, and it is prone to acid-etching and staining. Travertine is resistant to water, although you still have to maintain it properly.
Longevity: Properly installed and maintained, travertine countertops can last for many years. Its natural aging process can even enhance its beauty over time.
Increase in home value: Adding travertine countertops and surfaces to your home can increase its value and appeal to potential buyers. It is considered an upgrade over other materials like laminate or synthetic surfaces.