TraverStone is a hand packed fiberglass reinforced Portland cement based product which looks like natural stone. It does not require a finish of any type but can be stained for color and you may put a clear matte finish on it to protect it from staining. The natural color is Sahara Sand which is designed to match tumbled travertine, other custom colors are available. Products ordered in TraverStone will have random occurring distress marks. This is as it is supposed to be. They will vary in size as they would appear in a natural stone product. A patch material is provided to fill holes drilled in the product during install and this can be used to fill or make the marks smaller if you like. It is very common to have such marks at the bottom front edge of the hearth which sits on the floor. The hearth edges do not show if carpet butts up to the hearth or when you add the bead of silicone caulk around the hearth for tile or wood floors. Distress marks are not considered defects. It is like ordering knotty pine cabinets, you should expect knots and they may not be where you want them or the size you want, they are naturally random in occurrence.
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