travertine countertops

Graniterra, based in St. Louis, Missouri, is a kitchen, bath, and stone design studio featuring some of the best materials for kitchen and bathroom countertop. The design staff at Graniterra can help you at any stage in your design process; whether you are remodeling your existing kitchen or starting from scratch with brand-new construction.

Travertine is a wonderful stone and perfect choice for your kitchen or bathroom countertops. Travertine has been used to form beautiful buildings for centuries; in fact, the Coliseum was built with travertine nearly 2,000 years ago.
Travertine is a limestone formed by intense heat and pressure. It looks similar to marble in appearance and is also porous. It is imported into America from various countries and regions including Mexico, Italy, Turkey, and the Middle East. It comes in a variety of earth tone shades such as ivory, beige, gold, coral, and brown. When using travertine for countertops, the finish you choose (matte, polished, brushed) governs how shiny the surface is. Due to the gorgeous colors and natural veining, a travertine countertop makes any room look elegant.

 

Travertine kitchen and bathroom countertops are very durable and last longer than most other materials. They can also be used for exterior and interior decorations. Since they also absorb water and moisture, installing them in bathrooms can be an excellent option. Another advantage of travertine is the cost. It is generally less expensive than marble and granite. You can have a spectacular looking countertop without breaking your budget.

Finally, if you are looking for an eco-friendly option to decorate your home, then travertine would be the best option for you, since it is an environment-friendly natural product.

There are some things to keep in mind when considering travertine. Since it is a porous material, it can easily react with anything acidic. Unfortunately, a spill of orange juice that is not immediately wiped up could cause staining. Also, again because travertine is very porous, it must be cleaned thoroughly and regularly to prevent bacteria growth. It is very important to ensure your travertine is installed by trained professionals like Graniterra so you can be assured that your travertine is filled and sealed properly during installation.

While travertine does need some care and can seem high maintenance, as long as you are careful, have it sealed and installed professionally, wipe up any spills, and keep direct heat off it (like a hot pan from the stove) your countertop will be beautiful for years to come.

Graniterra offers travertine countertop options, in addition to many more including granite, marble, quartz, and Corian. Call us at 314.533.3366, contact us online or visit our design studio today so we can help you make your dream kitchen a reality.