What is Travertine?

What is Travertine?

If you search for floor tiling options on the internet, you might across various mentions of travertine slabs or travertine tiles. You might have come across granite tiles or even, quartz tiles. However, the use of travertine as a floor tiling option is fast becoming popular.

Travertine is variant of limestone, which people obtain from deposits of mineral springs, especially hot springs. At the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave, calcium carbonate tends to precipitate rapidly. People might have come across stalactites and stalagmites in limestone caves. These formations often comprise travertine. Typically, travertine is a sedentary stone that forms when minerals dissolve in ground water. Geysers and hot springs, then deposit these sediments on to the earth’s surface. This is why people usually find travertine deposits at riverbanks and hot springs.

Travertine usually has a fibrous or a concentric appearance. It is also white or cream in colour. Occasionally, some variants of travertine might come in various shades, similar to the colour of rust.