The Pros and Cons of Limestone Vs. Travertine

Limestone and Travertine are popular material choices for construction, home design, and renovation. Though these two stones are very similar, as they are both formed under similar natural circumstances, they are unique and have distinct characteristics. Also, they have distinct benefits when used as building materials. Opting for one of these two stones depends on various factors such as weather, usage, and footfall. However, it is important to understand their difference to make a more informed choice. This article looks at the difference between limestone vs. travertine and concludes by advising on the best one for your pavers or tiles.

Limestone Vs. Travertine Formation

Limestone, which is the type of paver Paramount Stoneworks mines from Mediterranean quarries, is a natural stone that forms at the bottom of water bodies such as oceans and lakes. It forms from shell-like and skeleton fragments of marine organisms. These fragments compact to form calcium carbonate. When this calcium carbonate is subjected to high temperatures and pressure, it forms Limestone.

Travertine’s formation process is similar to the one for Limestone. The major difference between limestone Vs. travertine is that when extra pressure and heat are exerted on Travertine, it leads to the formation of Limestone. Therefore, it is safe to say that Travertine is a stone in a pre-limestone stage, making it inferior, and less hard than Limestone.

Cost of Limestone Vs. Travertine

Limestone and Travertine come from different parts of the world. Therefore, their cost highly varies depending on the country of origin. Additionally, the cost varies depending on the thickness of the stone paver or tile. However, generally, Travertine is cheaper compared to Limestone. Though Limestone is more expensive, it provides a longer lifespan, making the initial cost a better long-term investment.

Limestone Vs. Travertine Maintenance

Natural stones require a sealer to protect them from staining and physical wearing. You need to fill the stones’ holes with resin which normally prevents debris and dust. Generally, Travertine is very sensitive and requires you to apply a sealer at least four times a year.

Limestone requires sealing as well. However, unlike Travertine, Limestone requires less maintenance and cleaning after the sealing. This is because it is less porous. You only need to clean it occasionally using water or mild cleaners to retain its shine.

Color and Appearance

Travertine comes in numerous variations of colors thanks to its formation process, which causes the presence of different shades. It features cool silver tones and warm yellow. On the other hand, Limestone has a uniform appearance that offers a form of continuity. It is normally available in neutral colors such as black, gray, and white. Though your choice of a stone depends on the look you want to achieve on your project; Limestone is a perfect choice as it matches any finishing due to its neutral colors.

Texture and Surface

The process of the Travertine’s formation is a major factor that causes it to have holes on its surface. These holes normally have air bubbles trapped inside. If you choose to stay with these holes unfilled, it can be difficult to keep clean due to the pockmarks and crevices inherent in the stone, which easily traps dirt. It would help to fill the gaps in Travertine to achieve a smoother appearance and make the maintenance process easier.

Limestone is exposed to high-pressure heat and pressure during formation. This process releases air bubbles; no holes remain on the surface. Therefore, one advantage of Limestone is that it doesn’t require any filling and has a naturally smoother surface.


Travertine and Limestone are great natural stones that will enhance the value of your property and give it a long-lasting premium touch to your project or home. However, as indicated by the differences above, Paramount Stoneworks’ Limestone is the ultra-premium choice for your property. It requires less maintenance, comes in neutral colors that match any interiors, has a smoother surface, and is very affordable.