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Travertine is a terrestrial sedimentary rock, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from solution in ground and surface waters, and/or geothermally heated hot-springs.Similar (but softer and extremely porous) deposits formed from ambient-temperature water are known as tufa.
It has similar qualities with marble, although is more limestone than marble. It’s surface has holes from the gas released in the melting phase of the rock. Polished and grouted tiles give a modern look, while unregular edges go best with traditional spaces.
Travertine is suitable for kitchen and bathroom areas, shower cabins, both for floors and walls in humid areas, but it always needs grouting to protect against humidity and dirt. Travertine floors go best with natural materials and textures, giving a classic or contemporary style to the ambient.
Although travertine is a durable stone, the honeycomb structure and the void surface make it vulnerable to stains and dirt. Holes need grouting, especially for flooring purposes. Special resins are used for grouted travertine surfaces, in order to obtain a neat aspect. Color enchacers can be used for pale stone models. For exterios or humid areas waterproof substances are recommended.