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Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine comes in white, tan, cream, and even rusty varieties.
Travertine can be used anywhere in the home, including steam and non-steam showers.
Travertine tiles come in several finishes. Because travertine is formed by mineral springs, the stone natural has holes in it. When these holes are filled and the stone is smoothed, the tile finish is called honed and filled. A brushed finish has been slightly filled (or in some cases has not been filled at all), and the surface of the stone is rough. If a stone is chiseled, the edge of the tile has been chipped away, leaving a rough edge. This finish is typically seen with a brushed finish. The edge of the stone can also be beveled, which is typically seen when the tile is honed.
In ledgestone applications, there are additional finishes. If it is splitface, the rock has been split in half, creating a rough texture. Alternatively, the rock can be honed, but cut to different thicknesses as seen in the Cubic Random Strip Ledgestone.
Because travertine is a natural stone, it must be sealed in order to protect it from scratches and stains. Tile and Stone Source recommends using an impregnating sealer rather than a topical sealer, as this type of sealer lasts longer. To protect the stone without changing its natural colours, Stone Source – Tile Source International recommends using our Dry Treat Stainproof Sealer. If you prefer to bring out the rich, natural colours of the stone, we recommend sealing with our Dry Treat Intensifia Sealer.
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