Travertine is a sedimentary stone formed when minerals are deposited during the evaporation of water. It is neither Limestone or Marble, as it is sometimes called.
From the quarry to the factory where the blocks are milled into slabs, pavers, blocks, and floor tiles. We specialize in the finishing, maintenance and restoration of Travertine floors, showers, vanities.
Travertine is formed in a wide range of colors varying from light creams, browns, golds, rusts, corals and more.
Characteristics of Travertine
Air pockets: One prominent characteristic is that Travertine is naturally very porous with air pockets ranging from microscopic to holes the size of quarters or larger. The air pockets form in layers that are deposited over time. Improper finishing using the wrong abrasives can result in unnecessary exposure of air pockets in the stone. We have developed several abrasive processes to make the stone beautiful and not cause damage or more holes. Our processes for shinier finishes actually reduces the porosity of the stone.
Veins & Patterns: Wide variations in veining and patterns are common and make Travertine a very interesting stone. A shiny finish creates more depth and brings out the colors and veining in your Travertine.
Adaptable to Different Finishes: Travertine also looks great in a variety of finishes that we offer: From satin glow to medium shine to a high gloss.
Grades of TravertineTravertine is separated into different grades depending on the amount of holes that exist which affects the weight of the stone. The more holes, the less each stone tile weighs.
Grade A Premium—minimal holes
Grade B Standard—some holes
Grade C Commercial—a lot of holes
Surface blemishes, such as factory blade marks, will also determine the grade of the stone. These deep grooves are often in a record pattern (like an old vinyl record) or stripes, and caused by a dull blade when milling the tiles.