Travertine is often called the poor man’s marble, but there really is nothing poor about this beautiful stone. It comes in subtle shades of many colors, depending on which types of minerals were included in its formation. The real charm of travertine is in the distinctive texture caused by the pores and pockets developed during that formation.
Some modern travertine is filled with an epoxy resin after being cut into tiles. This levels the surface and hardens it, making a tile that can be honed smooth and be easy to clean. If not filled with resin, those little holes in the stone would fill with dirt, so most people prefer filled travertine on floors, but an unfilled stone will give a rustic look others love. If you are using travertine for a floor, filled or unfilled texture makes a difference when sweeping the daily dirt.
Travertine that retains the pitted textures makes a lovely wall surface that changes appearance as the light shifts. Some tiles are cut precisely, so they can be installed touching each other and needing no grout. Others are tumbled to soften the edges and create an instantly ancient appearance. Tumbled, pitted travertine is a good choice around a pool where the texture makes a difference in wet conditions.
Travertine is a softer stone full of small holes. There are many variations in the number of pores and the resulting texture because it is a natural stone and cut from quarries rather than manufactured. If you are using travertine in your home, it would be good to go directly to the showroom to look at all the different types of surface in person.
Discuss the installation with one of the expert advisors at Éco Dépôt Céramique to make sure the texture of the tile you are considering will continue to please you after it is in your home.