Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, specifically hot springs, and is frequently used in Italy. It is one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture. Travertine gives a look of elegance and class. It comes in a variety of colors and can be polished for a smooth, shiny finish. Filled travertine finish has a smooth even surface while unfilled travertine have holes that are left open. Honed travertine has more of a matte or less shiny appearance. Tumbled travertine has a more natural appearance. Travertine is very susceptible to acids so it is not a good choice for a kitchen countertop. Travertine is great for showers, floor and wall coverings.


Granite is a group of intrusive felsic igneous rocks that form at great depths and pressures under continents and is made of large mineral grains. It is one of the most popular building materials and demands prestige. Granite tiles are often used on floors and wall panels to create a dramatic, high-luster appearance. Granite can be used in a multitude of different areas.


Limestone is an organic, sedimentary rock. Limestone is formed in layers called bedding planes. The main mineral in limestone is calcium carbonate. Some limestone has grains which are skeletal remains from marine organisms. Some limestone do not have grains at all.


Marble is a hard crystalline rock that is a form of limestone. It is characterized by swirls of color caused by impurities and can take a high polish. The heat and pressure from beneath the earth's surface converts limestone into marble rock. Pure white marble was used on the Taj Mahal in India.


Porcelain is a hard, ceramic material made by heating raw materials. Porcelain is more durable, is finer grained and less absorptive than its non-porcelain counterpart ceramic tile.


Ceramic is made mostly of clay that is mixed with various minerals and water. This mixture is then processed with heat and creates the solidified product. Ceramic is porous and the top surface is usually sealed with a glaze.



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