Travertine is a type of limestone formed by hot springs — the movement of water gives travertine its familiar stripes. The gasses from the hot springs cause bubbles and holes within the stone, which we call pits. Coloration stays very neutral, beige, and gray being the predominant tones. As with limestone, travertine is porous and not suitable for high traffic areas and is subject to staining if not sealed often.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Travertine Countertops



  • Travertine countertops are extremely elegant and beautiful, the stone can give a classic touch to any kitchen or bathroom.

  • Since travertine is a natural stone, each slab is unique and has individual features, such as irregular veins and pits.

  • Unlike other types of natural stones, travertine slabs are available in a variety of colors that can work with any style and design.

  • This type of stone is very durable and strong, so you don’t need to worry about leaving heavy weights on top of your countertop.

  • Travertine isn’t just for countertops, the material application can go from elegant backsplashes to shower areas.

  • Since travertine is a 100% natural material, it is also an eco-friendly product.

  • Travertine is a material that is very reactive to acidic substances, like orange or lemon juice, tomatoes, soda, etc., and even a minor spill can stain and etch the surface. So, if you use your kitchen frequently, this type of stone is not recommended.

  • The stone also doesn’t work well with abrasive cleaners, like bleach and ammonia. If you choose to install a travertine countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, you’re gonna need to use specific products made for this material to avoid any permanent damage.

  • Travertine is way more porous than granite and marble, for that reason, it must be sealed and polished frequently

  • Due to the porosity, travertine absorbs liquids way more easily which can end up in bacteria growth, so you’re gonna need to clean and disinfect regularly.

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