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August 28, 2016

HOW TO INSTALL TRAVERTINE TILES AND PAVERS OVER AN EXISTING CONCRETE SLAB

Travertine pavers give any homeowner the opportunity to own a patio, sidewalk or driveway that looks as if it were right out of a cathedral. Travertine pavers can add value to the home by being aesthetically pleasing. If you have a concrete patio, sidewalk, driveway or walls, you can make them look much better with travertine pavers. Installing travertine pavers on top of concrete saves you money while increasing value. The following article will show you how.

Step 1 – Clean the Concrete

The last thing you want is to have dirt and other debris sealed into mortar. It will not be visible, but it can cause the travertine pavers not to set properly. Sweep away any dust that may be on the surface of the concrete. Mix a few drops of soap into the water reservoir of a power washer and then spray down the concrete. Rinse out the reservoir, fill it with clean water and then rinse down the concrete. Allow the concrete to air dry. If this is inside the home, you could use a dehumidifier to hasten the drying process.

Step 2 – Apply Mortar

With the concrete dry, you can begin applying the mortar to the concrete. Since both concrete and mortar are porous, they will bond together. Install the mixing attachment to the drill and, using the instructions with the mortar, mix it in the bucket. You can also buy mortar that is already mixed. Always begin at the inside corners of the project. Apply the mortar to the concrete using the trowel and being generous with the amount that you use. Work in small sections so you do not give the mortar much time to begin its drying process. Use the trowel to spread the mortar out over the concrete as well as to give it some texture.

Step 3 – Place Travertine Pavers

Once the mortar has been spread out over the concrete, you can begin laying the pavers. Place the pavers in the corner, first making sure they are tight against the wall. If doing a driveway or sidewalk, then add extra mortar to the outside edge to compensate for the spreading of the mortar. Once the paver is in place, press down on it while wiggling it from side to side. This helps to spread out the mortar as well as allowing it to attach to the travertine pavers. Place the next paver, butting it up against the last. Continue adding mortar and pavers in this fashion until they are all placed.

Step 4 – Clean Up

As you are placing the pavers, you will notice mortar being expelled through the seams. Use the trowel to remove this excess mortar and place it back in the bucket for use later on. The mortar needs to cure for at least a full day prior to being walked on. It will be at least a week before the mortar is fully cured.

What You’ll Need
  • Power washer – gernie
  • Broom
  • Mild soap
  • Travertine pavers OR tiles
  • Trowel
  • Mortar Mix
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Drill
  • Mixing attachment for drill
  • Straight Edge or Level
  • Chalk Line
  • TIME – If no time allow approx $65-85 m2 for a professional paver to do the job.
December 16, 2015

TRAVERTINE – Durability, Sealing, Installation, Made Of, Price all of these Questions answered

TRAVERTINE – Durability, Sealing, Installation, Made Of, Price all of these Questions answered

 

Are you intrigued with Travertine and its timeless natural beauty? Would you like to learn more? Here are the answers to all of your questions.

Travertine

Travertine formations in Turkey.

1. Travertine is a type of limestone that forms in hot mineral springs around the world. According to Wikipedia, limestone is a sedimentary rock made of calcium carbonate, a primary component of shells. In Turkey it is Pamukkale, whilst in North America, the most notable Travertine formation is Yellowstone National Park.

2. The name ‘travertine’ was derived from the name of the ancient Italian city Tibur, now Tivoli, with roots beyond Roman times. Travertine was known as lapis tiburtinus, i.e., tibur stone, which over time became travertine.

3. Most Travertine is imported to Australia from quarries in Italy, Iran, Mexico, Turkey, and Peru. Tile Outlets across Australia obtains most of its Travertine from Turkey. (Check out Turkey’s Pamukkale natural Travertine terraces and hot springs.)

4. Travertine is mined from quarries all over the world using many methods including Channeling machines, Wire Saws, Chain Saws and Water-Jet Cutting machines. From the quarry, it is either stored in a warehouse or taken to a mill or production facility where it is cut into slabs and sent through different process depending on the type of finish desired.

5. When you look at it, you’ll notice what makes Travertine unique: naturally occurring holes and troughs on the surface. Travertine is also porous. Both of these characteristics result from how the stone forms over time.

6. The holes and troughs that you find in Travertine can be filled with grout, or left unfilled. In many cases Travertine tile is filled at the factory during production. The size of the holes indicates whether or not the stone is a premium, commercial or select cut. As a rule of thumb, the smaller the hole, the more premium the cut of Travertine.

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The Colosseum in Italy.

7. Travertine is often used as a building material and can be seen in architecture across Europe dating back to the Roman Empire (Burghausen Castle in Germany) . The Roman Coliseum and bath houses in Rome and the Lobby of the Sears Tower. Travertine has been used in everything from aqua-ducts to load bearing pillars. It is most commonly used today for floors, walls, and backsplashes.

8. Travertine comes in a variety of colors including white, tan, brown, cream and gold. It can also be found in varying shades of red, pink and orange. Some Travertine has black veins running through it.

9. Travertine is produced in a variety of styles including, honed, tumbled, polished, brushed, saw cut and chiseled edge.

10. Modern Travertine tile encompasses a range of sizes. The most common tile sizes are 610mm x 410mm, 610mmx610mm and 610x305x12mm.

11. Travertine can be used inside or outside, by itself or as a decorative piece mixed with granite, marble, ceramic or porcelain tile.

12. Travertine Tile is softer than granite. It needs to be sealed to protect its natural beauty and your investment. Sealing Travertine is very easy and should be done during installation and periodically thereafter – usually every three to five years. You’ll find a number of sealer options available today. The most common are Enhancing and Natural sealers. Enhancing sealers darken stone and give it a ‘wet’ look whereas natural sealers offer the same protection without changing the stone’s appearance.

13. When installing Travertine, be sure to blend the tiles first. Also, use a white thin set particularly with lighter travertine. Gray thin set may darken or tint your stone. Thin set should be mixed to a sticky peanut butter consistency. You will want to use a notched trowel. Some installers recommend sealing travertine before and after installation other recommended it before and after grouting.

14. Travertine Tiles are usually priced from around $49m2, whilst pavers are approximately $69m2 inc GST.

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