Travertine has withstood the test of time as a reliable countertop for a variety of reasons. For one, the color spectrums are vast, ranging from grays, beiges, and various hues of white that add a touch of elegance to any room. But beyond beauty and design, what keeps travertine hot in the market is its powerful durability.
There’s actually a scale for measuring stone durability called the Mohs Scale of Relative Mineral Hardness and in it, travertine ranks between a 4 and 5 and sits right behind granite and quartzite as the hardest rocks in the world. You can compare this harsh durability to that of fluorite and apatite. When it comes to earth’s natural elements forged by erosion and thousands of years of earth, wind and fire, travertine is a trusty mineral that can take on a storm.
For example, if a heavy plate or glass is dropped on a slab of travertine, it won’t even make a chip on the surface. In fact, if there was a force of nature or human error strong enough to chip or crack the stone, it would actually improve the look by adding another swirl into the stone’s natural veiny look. Now don’t take this information as your chance to go smashing up travertine. Damage to travertine countertops are more noticeable than that of travertine floors.
Among the elements that travertine is resistant to is water and moisture. If a liquid spill is left for a long time over the stone, it won’t leave a stain. If a stove top is releasing vapor for a very long time, too close for comfort near a countertop, it won’t leave a trace.
Now when it comes to travertine flooring, you may want to consider installing them because of their very slip-resistant nature. You won’t have to worry about any dangerous spills due to speed walking down the hall with socks on.
Travertine will last your lifetime and the lifetime of your kids and grandchildren. But in order for it to survive, it can’t be abused and it needs to be cared for.