Is travertine stone expensive?

Is travertine stone expensive

Questions like “is travertine stone expensive?” will probably strike your mind when choosing a stone for your house or your office. Actually, price is one of the most important factors affecting people’s choice of stone. But, how should you know what stone is expensive and what stone is not? In this article, travertine’s quality and price are discussed.

What is travertine?

Travertine is a porous sedimentary rock most of which consists of calcium carbonate minerals. Although it is not as colorful as marble, it comes in different colors such as white, tan, cream-colored, and rusty varieties. Travertine is found near rivers and springs, like all sedimentary rocks,  especially hot and cold springs. It is not limited to a specific area and is found in hundreds of locations around the world. However, the interesting point is that the name “travertine” is the Italian “travertino”, which comes from the Latin “tiburtinus” which means ‘of Tibur’. “Tibur” is an old name for a place now known as Tivoli, near Rome, Italy.

Travertine has been used in the building industry for many years. There are many well-known buildings including Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, and Shell-Haus in Berlin that are made of travertine. Travertine is usually used for indoor home or business flooring, outdoor patio flooring, spa walls and ceilings, façades, and wall cladding, especially in modern architecture. It is far classier than concrete paver but less stylish than marble and granite.

Travertine pavers

As was mentioned, travertine is porous. Due to this characteristic, it absorbs liquids so fast and is more likely to be stained. However, it does not prevent people from using it as it has lots of advantages. In comparison with many other materials, travertine is softer, yet, it is very strong and cracks rarely. Therefore, travertine could be cut easily and such quality makes the installation process much easier. Travertine can tolerate dramatic temperature fluctuations, and even in harsh weather conditions cracking hardly happens in travertine. This is what makes it a popular choice for outdoor applications.

Is it possible to repair the travertine?

Travertine rarely cracks but it cracks! Also, as was mentioned it is prone to be stained. The good news is that all of these damages can be repaired. The best way would be to take actions that can prevent the travertine cracking. The most important one is regularly sealing the surface of travertine, so no more dust or water can penetrate the surface of the stone. by doing this, cracking can be prevented to a high extent. Besides, if a travertine tile is not worth repairing, pieces could be repaired or replaced easily.

Also, keep in mind that even small cracks should be taken seriously. As cracks allow dust and dirt to penetrate them and make the look even worse.

Stains are also cleanable. If wine or acidic material spills on travertine, you should quickly clean it up before it goes into the pores of the stone and makes further damage. Keep in mind not to use hard water as hard water stains the floor further. Also, remember to avoid using these materials while cleaning: general-purpose cleaners, scouring powders or creams, ammonia, and alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for natural stones.

By doing all these things, you can enjoy the shiny classy look of travertine for many years whether it is the pool deck, the bathroom or the building façade.

Is travertine stone expensive?

Is travertine stone expensive? The short answer would be: it depends! When you say something is expensive or cheap, you should say compared to what! The same goes for travertine. In comparison with concrete, travertine is expensive, as its price is as twice as concrete. However, compared to marble and granite, it is not expensive at all, as travertine’s price is as half as marble or granite. With the classy shiny look of travertine that imitates marble, it is safe to say that travertine is not expensive at all!

Besides, for some applications, travertine is even better than marble whatever the cost! For places such as pool decks, and bathrooms travertine is suggested instead of marble as it is porous and due to its porous texture it is skid-resistant.

Having said all these things about travertine, Aby stones provide you with the opportunity of choosing your desired travertine stone among more than 10 different kinds of travertine. It is presented in different colors and patterns than can fit any taste and style. Even if travertine is not your final choice, more than 120 different models of stones are available in the 2000 meter square Aby hall in Musqat. As Aby’s reliability is confirmed by more than 70 architectural groups and 120 stone traders in the middle east alone, there should not be any worries about the quality of the stones.

We, in AbyStones Group, are looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

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