A form of limestone, travertine is a natural stone that contributes to a sense of luxury and refinement when used in design. The natural patterning of travertine ranges from concentric gradations, to a subtly mottled surface, and its coloring ranges from rich cream to soft blushes. The stone’s ultra-fine grain gives it a gentle texture and soft feel under the feet when used as floor covering. As the stone is quite porous and consists primarily of calcite, it is not particularly dense and can be prone to pitting from weathering, salt and chemical damage. However, travertine can be kept looking elegant and attractive through regular maintenance and minor repairs. Here we’ll take a look at some of the ways it can be used to contribute its characteristic appeal of opulence and sophistication to a Newport Coast landscape project.
The coloring and composition of travertine is such that it maintains a comfortable temperature when placed in an area exposed to direct sunlight. A matte finish can prevent excess glare reflecting from whiter variations. Alternatively, a slightly darker variation can be used to do the same. Polished travertine can also be used to give a marbled appearance. Being a favorite material in Italy, travertine lends a sunny mediterranean feel to outdoor spaces.
The ornateness of travertine is perfect for wide, stately walkways that catch the eye and guide pedestrians up to the home or through an immaculate landscape. Of course, it can still lend its subtlety to smaller paths. Travertine walkways are perfect for beach-style Californian homes and the ultimate dressing for luxury estates. Although travertine can be slippery when wet, treatment is available to provide added grip to travertine tiles.
As a veneer for walls or vertical features, travertine provides a rich, detailed cladding. Travertine marble is ideal for transforming pillars, retaining walls and outdoor fireplaces into stylish features and accents. In subtle colors, a patio can be clad from floor to walls in travertine for a light, relaxing ambience with a natural feel. As a single feature wall for your patio, or as veneer for an outdoor fireplace, polished travertine stands as an artwork on its own and makes for an attractive focal point for the space.
Travertine offers an attractive look for as a poolside surround, however the chlorine or salt as well as other chemicals used in pools can pose a threat to the longevity of the tiles. Correct treatment must therefore be administered to counter against staining, chemical and water damage, as well as to provide a non-slip surface for poolside safety. Travertine’s ability to remain at a comfortable temperature, as well as its unique aesthetic make the investment in such treatments worthwhile.
Proper coping is necessary to protect the top of walls against water damage and keep damp from affecting the wall's structural strength due to water pooling on top of pillars and flat walls and soaking through. As such, travertine once again needs to be treated for this purpose. However, travertine remains a versatile and easy to work with material, once again making this a worthwhile investment for this purpose. Travertine coping goes seamlessly with travertine clad walls, as well as other popular materials such as brick, flagstone and slate.
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