Limestone, Travertine and Marble – Stone differences

Natural Stone differences: Limestone, Travertine and Marble 

When you are looking for a wall covering (feature walls or backsplash) or flooring material for residential and commercial projects and natural stone seem like a good fit, consider limestone, travertine or marble. You want to make sure it suits your needs and know as much as you can about the stone differences before you make your choice.

Between travertine and limestone there are more geological similarities than differences. Both are formed by the settling of plants, animals, sea shells, sand, and mud on the sea beds. After millions of years, this sediment continues to settle and the weight of additional settlement causes limestone and travertine to compress and harden.

This process creates the veins and fossils in these stones, after hot water goes through the limestone dissolving some of the stone and making holes or voids, then travertine is formed, water resurfaces, there is less pressure and the temperature changes causing the water to release carbon dioxide gas.

Travertine tile will add an elegant touch to any space; travertine tiles come in a smooth honed and filled finish plus tumbled and antique, among others smooth textures.

The calcium carbonate (limestone) re-crystallizes as travertine. During production, travertine holes can be filled and honed with an epoxy.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”10″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”0″]Marble is created when this sedimentary stone (travertine) is exposed to heat and pressure over a long period of time. The stone is subjected to a transformation, it re-crystallizes and becomes denser and harder. The re-crystallization allows marble to take a polish finish during production.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”1,4″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”0″]Regardless of the stone’s origin, it’s very important to know the strengths and limitations of each stone. The key to selecting the proper stone for any application is to work with a qualified professionals to make the right product choice and ensure the product is professionally installed.


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