It is a new week, which means that we have a new natural stone to explore. This week we will be covering Travertine. We will explore what it is, its advantages, and where Travertine is best used.

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 will also clarify what it is not; Travertine is NOT Marble! Both stones carry similar characteristics, but they are also very different.

What Are The Advantages Of Travertine?


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, do little to harm Travertine.


Travertine is cost-effective in the long run due to infrequent need for replacement and the added value it provides to a 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.

Environmental Friendliness

Because Travertine is a variation of Limestone, it is considered to be environmentally friendly. In addition, Travertine is abundantly available around the globe and thus is easily harvested.

If you are looking to find out more about the environmental friendliness of Travertine , 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. With such an abundance of options, there is bound to be a color that matches your personality and decor.

Where Is Travertine Best Used?

The versatility of Travertine makes it a great surfacing material for a number of different areas including kitchen and bathroom countertops, interior floors and walls, and exterior purposes such as pool decks, steps, driveways, patios, walkways, fireplaces and outdoor stairs. Its versatility is unmatched, so if you are looking for a surfacing material that will work in multiple areas of your home, Travertine is the stone for you.

In this article, we have tackled the basics of the surfacing material called Travertine. We have explained what it is, the benefits associated with it and where it is best used. We hope that in doing so, we have assisted you in the search for the perfect material for your client’s next project!

Feel like there is still more to be learned about Travertine? To find out more about the pros and cons of Travertine, click here!!

So far we have covered Granite, Marble, Quartz, Onyx, Soapstone, Serpentine, and Quartzite, Slate, Limestone and Caesarstone. Don’t think Travertine is the right fit for you? No worries. We will keep exploring other natural stone options over the next several weeks!


If you are in search of natural stone for your next project, contact us at Firenze International and we would love to help you and your clients!


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