Travertine Wall Tiles
Deposited by mineral springs, Travertine is a form of natural limestone that comes in many colors such as tan, white, cream and even silver gray-like hues. From the earliest times, Travertine was used by the Romans as some of the first building materials. It was commonly used in constructing extremely thick walls and buildings because of its durability and strength. In modern architecture this type of stone is cut into tiles for walls, facades, and patios. It can also be expertly crafted and sculpted into fountains, soaking tubs, and statues.
Since Travertine wall tiles can be located just about anywhere in the world, the stone itself was originally found near the town of Tivoli, Italy. Found naturally forming dams behind lakes in Croatia, Afghanistan, and Guatemala, this natural stone is remarkably fascinating. In the United states deposits of Travertine are found in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as Yellow Stone National Park.
Because this particular natural stone in its original state has many holes, it can be purchased filled or unfilled. The process of "filling" is done by using a grout that is colored to match the tile to fill in the holes, leaving a smooth honed surface. Depending upon one's preference, many varieties of this stone can be found on this website to complete any project you have in mind.
In order for the Travertine to maintain a lasting appearance and stand up against various elements, whether inside or outside, it can be sealed. The reason for sealing is due to Travertine's makeup of being a very porous natural stone. This leaves it virtually defenseless against staining and bacterial growth. Even when sealed, Travertine can still be affected by "etching". This happens when acids of foods like juice or coffee come into contact with the surface through multiple uses.
Ideal installation would be anywhere in the home, but not recommended in high traffic bathrooms or heavily used kitchens. If it is to be used in a bathroom or kitchen, then extra care should be taken to prevent etching of the tile. With so many varieties of Travertine wall tiles to choose from, feel free to browse the website to discover which one catches your eye for that next project.