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What is Travertine?

Travertine is a natural stone from the limestone family, which eventually transforms into marble over time. Also known as travertine marble, it is made of calcium carbonate and is usually found in the form of deposits near warm or hot springs. In ancient times, it was frequently used as a building material, but now it is most commonly used for countertops and flooring, as well as in showers and tub surrounds as well as in exterior decor.

Since stone can withstand the ravages of weather and outdoor elements, it is unlikely to be damaged when used in the home or in the outdoors. Aside from its obvious beauty, durability is one of the elements that lead people to choose travertine for home building and home improvement projects. The truth is that travertine is highly resistant to heat, scratching, staining and acidity.

Travertine is available in different colors and finishes, from natural, neutral colors such as creamy white and gold to tan and reddish brown. The color depends quite a bit on the impurities and iron content of the stone.

The different finishes include honed, polished and tumbled. Honed travertine is smooth, but unlike polished, it has a matte finish. Polished travertine is smooth, but buffed and polished until shiny.


Tumbled travertine has a rougher, textured finish and often has rounded corners for an antique look. Tumbled travertine marble is the most appropriate flooring material for outdoors, especially pool decks and patios.

Chiseled travertine is a kind in which the edges are broken with a special machine to have the pavers fit together closer. Chiseled travertine marble is the most appropriate material for driveways.

When you compare travertine pavers vs. brick pavers, you will find out that travertine pavers are heat resistant so they won't burn your feet in hot summer days or freeze in cold winter days. They also will not start crumbling like brick pavers in only a year or two.

Since travertine is a natural stone, no two pieces are the same. Your project will have a look that no one else's will. After tens of thousands of years in nature, When Downtown Pools installs Travertine pavers we try to mix the colors which will give you an even look on the whole project. Travertine will look great if it is installed with care, just throwing i down will give you light and dark sections on a deck with a stained look (What happened over there in the corner why are they darker than the rest of my deck?)
 

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