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Unfilled Travertine – What Is It?

Unfilled Travertine is a form of sedimentary stone, composed by the precipitated calcium carbonates found in mineral springs. It is classified as a form of limestone. This can develop in a natural process that is commonly located in hot springs. This can also be found in caves where it develops stalagmites and stalactites and other stone formations in the cave. Unfilled travertine comes in many colours. The colours of this stone include coral, cream, tan, brown and white. In some cases it comes with stripes of different colours making it more appealing.

The prime sources of unfilled travertine can be found in countries like Turkey and Italy. It can also be found in similar forms in many parts of the world, like some parts of the United States such as Texas and Oklahoma. Way back in ancient Rome, this natural stone was already being quarried, playing an historical part in the building of ancient Rome, such as the use of travertine stone in building St. Peter’s Square way back in the 1500. Michelangelo also used unfilled travertine in making some of the external ribs of the St. Peter’s Basilica.

There are so many natural occurrences of unfilled travertine that can be found in the walls, floors and terraces in many countries around the world. Among the most popular formation of travertine which is found in Turkey is named as the Pamukkale. This specific site holds a total of seventeen hot springs and comes with the formation of unfilled travertine terraces that are approximately 160 meters in height. These natural formations of unfilled travertine are brought by the running water which is abundant in carbonate minerals. Hierapolis which is an ancient city in the Greco-Roman empire was located at the top of the hot springs and is now one of the famous tourist spots in the world having formations of unfilled travertine.

Recently many of these unfilled travertine mines around Turkey have been exporting these unique stones to be used in floors and walls in Australia.

In some places, people are already quarrying unfilled travertine. Because of this, the natural substance is extremely valuable, as the material used in landscaping and construction. Unfilled travertine which is utilized in outdoor pavers as well as indoor floor tiles gives a distinct yet classical look. Unfilled travertine has holes on the surface which promote traction even when wet.

Unfilled travertine is incredibly strong. Because of this, unfilled travertine is very useful in  construction, pathways, patio pavers, bench tops and indoor flooring. Unfilled travertine is salt resistant, cool during hot weather and comes with non-slip features. Because of these properties, it is ideal for external areas especially around pools.

Many use the 30mm tumbled edge travertine paver as their pool coping. Not only is it cheap by purchasing at Tile Factory Outlet Smithfield but looks stunning as well.

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