What is Travertine?

An Alternative to Granite and Marble
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Travertine is a form of limestone which often forms near hot springs. Minerals from the springs are deposited and harden over time, form unique patterns and colors. It varies in hardness and density, but it will scratch much more easily than granite and is more porous. Like marble, it can be damaged more easily by the acids found in lemons and alcohol, and is therefore not a popular choice as a kitchen countertop. Travertine tiles are often used for flooring, backsplashes, and as decorative elements around tubs, vanities and fireplaces. It has a natural beauty similar to granite, but cannot match granite’s durability. Unlike the glossy nature of granite, travertine typically has a more matte finish.

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