Where is Travertine made?

Travertine is not man made, but is a wholly natural product that is formed through centuries of geothermal heated supersaturated alkaline waters, and is a natural stone material from the limestone family. It is made of calcium carbonate and is usually found in the form of deposits near warm or hot springs; it was frequently used in ancient times as a building material. Because travertine is such a porous material, it should be sealed before use in construction or renovation projects. It is most commonly used for countertops and flooring, but may also be used in showers and tub surrounds as well as in exterior decor and is an extremely versatile and attractive building material.

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Travertine in its natural state can be seen in many areas of the world and some of the most spectacular are to be seen in the U.S.A., Yellowstone Park is a fine example of where some of the most beautiful examples can be seen as the Park is rich in Travertine deposits. In common with many wholly natural products, Travertine is a popular building material and due to its formation and natural colour variation, Travertine when used as cladding for a building, both internally and externally, enhances the beauty of it.

In the United Kingdom, designers and architects are increasingly using Travertine tiles and cladding, especially in bathrooms, but also kitchens too. For internal use Travertine tiles are usually supplied in two distinct qualities, premium, or supreme and you should take guidance from your tile supplier as to which is the most suitable for the area where it is to be installed.

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