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  • 7/5/2017 6:00 AM

Travertine - A New Take On Limestone

Whether it be Dekton, Radianz, or Silestone, we’ve so far provided you with an in-depth look at three of the many options available to you for your residential or commercial surfacing needs. This only begins to scratch the surface though as there’s a plethora of options out there. Because of this overabundance of options, it has become apparent to us some research needs to be done on our front to make things easier for you in your search. To assist you in the decision-making process, we’ll again take a closer look at our material of choice for the week - Travertine. We’ll explain what exactly it is, how it’s formed and sourced, some advantages and notable characteristics of it, a well as why it’s a good choice for your home or business overall. While it may seem like this is simply another addition to an endless list, our goal is not to overwhelm you but rather to inform you. By  knowing exactly what is out there, it’ll be easier for you to make the right choice no matter your need.

Travertine - What Is It?

Because they are both variations of limestone, travertine and marble are often confused, so in an effort to explain what travertine is, we’ll also clarify what it is not; travertine is not marble! Although the two share some common characteristics, they are two completely different stones and should be treated a such.

Travertine in itself is a surfacing material that got its beginnings during the times of the Roman Empire and has been employed in many famous structures namely the Coliseum in Rome, Italy. We figured if it was good enough for the ancient Romans and durable enough to stand the test of time, it was something we should explore a little more deeply.

How It’s Formed & Sourced

As described above, travertine is a variation of limestone, and thus the two have many commonalities. While this is true, there are still some notable differences that separate the two. The key difference we’d like to highlight though is in the formation of each. Unlike limestone, travertine is formed around mineral springs and geysers. This and other factors that will be explored below help add to the uniqueness of travertine and help to make it a great surfacing option for whatever your need.

Notable Characteristics & Advantages


Like many of its natural stone counterparts, travertine is known to be a durable surfacing material. This durability means scratches, cracks, or chips that would normally cause significant damage to other products, does little to harm travertine. This can help your wallet in a number of different ways. Firstly, because travertine can take a beating, it does not have to be replaced often (although replacement with travertine is a breeze), and secondly, this durability can assist in adding value to your home!

Hassle-Free Replacement

Although travertine is known to be a durable surfacing material as explained above, there are still extreme circumstances in which damage warrants replacement. While this is never ideal, with travertine, you can expect a hassle-free removal process, so in the event that damage occurs, fret not; travertine will have your back!


It has already been explained that travertine is cost-effective in the long run due to infrequent need for replacement and the added value it provides to your home, but it can also be less expensive in the short run too. While it does generally cost more than cultured marble, it is not as expensive as natural marble and other materials.

Environmental Friendliness

Because travertine is a variation of limestone, one of the most abundant materials on Earth, it is considered to be environmentally friendly. Instead of using a scarcities like some building materials, travertine uses one available in abundance.

Additionally, aside from cutting the squares for tiles from the slab, little manufacturing takes place in its production. There is no need for chemicals, stains, or solvents, so the number of contaminants released into the environment as a result, are zero.

This only begins to scratch the surface though. Travertine is an extremely environmentally conscious option and thus should be highly considered!

If you’re looking to find out more about Travertine’s environmental friendliness, click here.

Endless Color Options

In addition to being durable, hassle-free, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly, travertine also offers a pleasing aesthetic look as it is available in over 90 different colors, so no matter your taste, there is bound to be an option for you

Needing a little more information as to the pros of Travertine as well as some of its cons? We’ve got you covered. Click here to find out more!

Where Travertine Is Best Used

Like many of its counterparts, travertine’s versatility makes it a great surfacing material for a number of different circumstances including kitchen and bathroom countertops, interior floors and walls, and exterior purposes as well such as pool decks, pool steps, driveways, patios, walkways, fireplaces and outside stairs. Its versatility is unmatched, so if you’re looking for a surfacing material that can make do in whatever the circumstance, travertine is it.

Why You Should Consider Travertine

Because travertine is durable, low-maintenance, inexpensive, environmentally-friendly, and has a near endless supply of color and tones, it should be highly considered when you’re choosing your next surfacing material.


G.M.S. Werks has talented consultants on staff to help you bring about real-life transformations in your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living areas, or anywhere else you’d like to have natural stone featured.

For more information, contact us today.

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