Travertine for indoor and outdoor use
Travertine Stone for the interior and exterior use
The light “stone from Tivoli” can be yellowish to brown (contains limonite) or reddish to red (contains hematite) and can be both ground and polished. Floor tiles made of travertine are mostly porous and interspersed with cavities, which gives a pleasant feeling when walking but is still frost-proof and non-slip. The natural stone is therefore suitable for:
the design of bathrooms, as a building block and for patio tiles as well for classic decoration indoors and outdoors.
What is travertine?
Travertine is a type of limestone that can be more or less porous, i.e. more or less interspersed with cavities. When it was created, parts of the plant were enclosed, which then decomposed. These plant structures are often preserved in the stone, which gives the travertine a special appearance. Due to its low density due to the cavities, the travertine is relatively light and can be processed quite well.
For example, travertine can be tumbled. This creates the so-called antique marble. Here, stone fragments process the travertine in a large tumble so that the edges are rounded slightly and the surface has an antique effect. Therefore tumbled travertine is also called antique marble. Limestone and marble can also be worked in this way.
Special properties of travertine
In its natural occurrence, the natural stone travertine is easy to break and saw. Solid travertine, in which the cavities have been closed by further lime filling, can be sanded and polished, tumbled or brushed. This results in different stone structures. The natural stone offers a variety of possibilities as a building block and as decoration. Travertine is offered with open pores or with a spatula. Roman builders liked to use travertine for the basic masonry of high-rise buildings since the open pores offer a high evaporation surface and the base area could thus be permanently drained. Despite its high water absorption, travertine is frost-resistant.
Travertine tiles and flooring made from travertine
Travertine is ideal for indoor and outdoor floor tiles. Travertine tiles create a homely and rustic atmosphere in the living area. Travertine slabs as outdoor are resistant and weatherproof. Outside, the floor tiles do not heat up due to their light color, and even inside the tiles create a pleasant feeling when walking barefoot.
Occurrence and formation of travertine
Travertine is one of the sedimentary rocks and consists almost exclusively of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Travertines are soft stones and are clearly stratified (often with different intensities of color), solid and polishable rocks, which saw up a band when sawed up in the direction of storage. Limestone tuffs are similar to travertine but do not show this stratification. The more or less porous limestone was chemically precipitated from (especially cold) freshwater sources near older marble or limestone deposits (carbonate) as source lime. Younger travertine formation occurs in areas with volcanism or post-volcanic carbon dioxide leakage, especially those with high-temperature waters, such as in Turkey.