Travertine is a form of limestone that features small holes and fissures upon its surface. These open areas were created from a variety of phenomenon, such as gas bubbles rising through its layers as well as trapped plant vegetation that decayed over time, leaving voids in their place.

Travertine is an appropriate countertop material when selecting from the harder, denser varieties. It can be ordered factory filled for a uniform countertop surface. Travertine is mostly ideal for floors and in the bathroom. It can also be used in the shower, because it offers sure footing when wet.

Although some cons to travertine, are that the softer, porous varieties can scratch, stain, and etch more easily than the denser varieties. Travertine must be sealed for stain prevention on countertops. It requires a penetrating sealer in high traffic and wet areas.

The variety of shapes and sizes offered within the travertine family are truly remarkable, and travertine’s color palette normally resides within the confines of earth’s tones. Beginning with the palest hues of ivory and descending down through the rich, deep shades of gold, red, and brown. Its predominant color trait is that it actually never appears as one solid color, but instead the perception is swayed by inherent tonal variations and veining characteristics. Only after laying out a sizeable portion of the tile do you begin to perceive the overall coloration.