Travertine is a kind of limestone generally formed at the source of mineral springs. The gases from the water source push through the stone during its formation process, creating the distinctive voids associated with travertine.
The word travertine comes from “travertino,” a derivative of the ancient Roman city Tibur (now Tivoli) where the hot springs are heated by the volcanic activity of Mt. Etna. Travertine colors range from light buff to darker browns, with varying amounts of red depending on iron deposits.
Granites are generally the hardest and best wearing of any of the stone materials. They are highly resistant to heat, mild acids and bases, and water. Granites are extremely hard and tolerate normal usage very well. Granite may be used anywhere and for almost any application. Sometimes gneiss and basalt-based stones are sold as granite, though technically they are not.
Examples: Travertino Classico, Noche, and Roman Classic
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