Travertine is a natural stone that may be less popular among non-connoisseurs, but not among those who, like the BrownStone team, use it in luxury construction projects.
Through presenting its features, uses and benefits, we will help you discover more about this wonderful material.
Travertine belongs to the category of sedimentary rocks of limestone and can appearthrough:
- Precipitation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3);
- The action of microorganisms (algae, bacteria);
- Rapid variations in temperature and pressure.
Aspect – wise, it is characterized by several specific elements:
- Layering (they are more or less obvious);
- Porous texture (very similar to a sponge);
- Small cavities (gaps left after the decomposition of organic residue).
From a chromatic point of view, the travertine blocks and plates cover an extremely diverse palette, from beige to walnut, with inserts of various shades of yellow and red. Each color and hue depends on whether oxides are present in the rock.
In fact, we are talking about a particular variety of marble, one of the most ancient and famous. With excellent aesthetic and technical qualities, travertine represents an optimal construction and design material for interior and exterior furnishings, being found also in the construction works performed by members of our company, BrownStone.
On a large scale, travertine began to be used since ancient Roman times, in erecting various buildings or for cladding, replacing other competing materials, no less viable, such as marble or granite.
In the modern era, its uses and applications are rapidly expanding. Sufficiently robust and “obedient”, travertine is easily processed, and is being found in:
- Arrangement of public and private spaces;
- Indoors and outdoors;
- In constructions, fittings, finishes.
Currently, its uses include:
- Horizontal and vertical tiles (floors, pillars, facades, curbs, alleys, access roads, etc.);
- Making chimneys, stairs, windows, thresholds, sanitary ware, kitchen countertops, etc.
Our company has already gained some considerable experience in this regard. Travertine, like the rest of the natural stones we work with (marble, granite), is a very special construction material that allows us to include it in multiple projects.
One of them, which we are very proud of, is the exterior restoration of the Vitan Mall. The work, a large one, tested the skills of our whole team, who brought its contribution through each and every idea and intervention.
Given the client’s requirements, the result surely exceeded any expectations. From the moment we started working on this project, we were sure that everything would go according to the plan. As anyone can now observe see, we were not wrong at all.
Both aesthetically and functionally, the work has no errors, on the contrary, it integrates perfectly into the architecture of the whole environment. And the best proof is the 20-year guarantee that we offer. However, as with any granite or marble work, the condition is that the beneficiaries comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance.
Perhaps travertine doesn’t stand out by having the hardness of granite or by the almost unreal shine of the polished marble plates. However, one of the reasons for its popularity is the multitude of uses.
As long as the plates have a reasonable thickness, travertine can play the role of the “protagonist” in the interior and exterior works. However, the basic condition remains for the material to be properly processed and treated so as to cope with wear & tear, weather conditions and contact with corrosive agents.
In the case of our company, an important helping hand comes from the architects we work with. They propose not only the theoretical plan of the project but also help us to better manage each stage until the completion of the work, without the direct intervention of the beneficiary.
b. Special aesthetics
The most important quality of travertine is the chromatic diversity and its particular texture. Starting from these precious features, most of the builders, including our company, place travertine in a leading place in interior design.
Usually, but not always, we propose travertine for spaces inside the buildings, not for the outside. Once included in the architecture of the environments, it gives them elegance and refinement. These features remain unchanged over time and always fashionable, whatever the current trend or style is.
Due to its particular aesthetics, travertine can be more easily integrated into the ancient architecture than the modern one. But this does not exclude its use in all those places where it is desired to accentuate the contrasts between classical and contemporary styles.
c. Excellent adhesion
Even after polishing, travertine keeps its porous texture. However, porosity can also be seen as a quality, not just a defect, depending on the preference of design that the client has.
The plates used in various arrangements facilitate a better adhesion of the contact surface.That is why builders use them to pave the alleys and curbs around the pools, as an example.
Talking about porosity – this time, we do not look at it as a quality, but rather as a downside. Travertine is a porous material, and that always means increased sensitivity to strokes and scratches.
In addition, it tends to absorb liquids, which is why it should be used with the utmost care in certain environments such as kitchens or bathrooms. Here, there is a permanent risk it of being affected by corrosive substances.
Before use, we recommend travertine to be treated. For example, at the request of the client or the architect, we deal with the polishing of the plates, operation that strongly contributes to waterproofing. Thus, being water resistant, they surfaces will be easier to clean and maintain.
People who ask for our services do not need to have advanced knowledge about construction or interior design. Our specialists will deal with all these and many additional things. Furthermore, any questions you might have, we will provide you with the answers.
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