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Travertine is a form of limestone which is formed by rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, at the mouth of hot mineral springs. It is classed as a sedimentary rock and it is relatively porous and soft in nature compared to that of solid limestone, but it is used widely across the world for building and architectural purposes.
It is characterised by small pitted holes and troughs in the surface. Aggressive grinding or ‘honing’ can reveal these pockets which may have been hidden previously, and if they lie just beneath the surface they can be at risk of breaking through under concentrated pressure from high heeled shoes for example. Travertine tiles are supplied ‘filled’ with a resin or ‘unfilled’. Our unfilled tiles will need to be grouted across the whole tile to fill any pockets. Once filled they are strong and fit for any floor or wall. Travertine is ideal for a bathroom.