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August 28, 2016
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.
- Power washer – gernie
- Mild soap
- Travertine pavers OR tiles
- Mortar Mix
- 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.
August 2, 2016
The following procedure is for the installation of Natural Stone Travertine Tile for Flooring. It may be used over any wood or cement floor that is structurally sound and dry. In new home constructions where plywood is used as a sub floor, it is suggested that an underlayment or backer board needs to be attached to the sub floor to insure rigidity where travertine floors will be installed.
Clean area where travertine is to be installed. In the case of smooth painted or varnished floors, it is necessary to sand with a very coarse sand paper to assure a good mastic bond.
Lay out the travertine to understand pattern choices. For multi-color travertine, blend tile randomly to give proper blend of colors as color vary from tile to tile.
Using a notched 10mm notch trowel, hold at a 45° angle to be sure a full ridge is made with the notches. Spread thinset on the floor starting at a far corner so you can back out of the room as your proceed. Spread just enough area so you can reach over it to place the travertine.Spread a good amount of thinset on the floor. Adding or taking away thinset will ensure that all the tiles are evenly set
Maintain a grout space between the pieces as recommended by the travertine supplier (3-5mm) depending on the size of the tiles. To do these accurately, use spacers. Travertine may also be laid without joints, in which case edges are then butted against one another, only if the material is honed or polished, however we recommend 2-3mm joint.
Each piece of travertine should be firmly pressed into the adhesive to secure a good bond, back buttering of the tile is also recommended.
After all travertine is set in place – allow at least 24-36 hours depending on weather conditions, for drying before grouting joints.
Travertine tile can be easily cut with a wet saw using a diamond blade.
Grouting and Cleaning
1.Have all equipment and material clean. Clean all joints and surface of the travertine. Applying clear sealer or enhancer is recommended on travertine before grouting, so that the grout color does not penetrate the travertine tiles. Use clear sealer or enhancer as a grout release to insure a clean surface.
Using a Clear Sealer or Enhancer is a personal choice.
2. Add water slowly while mixing to get the texture of damp sand mix grout according to the manufacturer specs, and apply with a grout float to press grout deeply between the joints. Mix only enough grout to be used in about 30 minutes or difficulty will result in hardening in the pail.
3.Apply mix to joints with a grout float making certain that the joint is completely filled with mix.
4.Trowel or wipe off surplus grout from travertine with a damp sponge. Rinse several times with clean water, changing the water as often as necessary so it remains clear. It is very important to do this as you go along.
5.After grout has set hard to the touch, clean surface of travertine and along grout line by rubbing briskly with a clean piece of cloth.
6. Let joints harden for three days.
7.Wash floor completely again by freely applying fresh clean water with sponge on the entire flooring and sponging dry.
Applying clear sealer or enhancer is recommended after installation to seal the travertine tiles and the grout lines using the same sealer used as a grout release prior to grouting, wipe off all excess sealer so there is no fogging.
Using the same sealer used as grout release prior to grouting, to seal the floor, apply the 2nd coat on the tiles and grout, wipe of all excess sealer so there is no fogging.
Sealing travertine is necessary, it is a matter of choice – whether you choose to retain the natural beauty of the travertine or apply a chemical sealer that is available in a shiny or matte finish. Sealers may be purchased at retail stone dealers.
HELPFUL HINTS: Do not apply a sealer over wet, waxed or oiled travertine.
1.Apply sealer with a large clean cloth or with a paint pad. Apply in a thin coat. Sealer or enhancer will dry to the touch within two hours, however, it is advisable to stay off the floor for 24 hours.
June 21, 2016
When choosing your Travertine coping whether it be for a pool, step or any form of capping you will need to ensure if this area is outdoors or not under cover and you have used honed and filled Travertine it will become slippery when wet. We stock unfilled, tumbled and brushed for pool coping or any outdoor area this product is smooth but non slip due to the holes through out the stone.
- Pool Coping is commonly sold in a 30mm bullnose, tumbled or drop face edge.
- Travertine copers are available in 12mm but you will need to ensure that these coping tiles are laid on a concrete slab.
- If used and have not correctly been installed on a concrete slab you run the risk of cracking or breaking the coping tiles.
- Any 30mm Travertine coping can be laid on sand or a concrete slab.
- All Travertine colors listed above come in a French Pattern.
- Noce Travertine is a new product at Stone and Slate Discounts.
- We offer pool coping, step treads, tiles, pavers and french pattern tiles or pavers.
- Walnut – a variety of mid range browns from dark tan to milk chocolate.
- Noce – shades of walnut that range from medium gold to dark coffee.
- Chocolate – deep, rich dark brown.
- Light ivory tiles with a hint of gray that creates a silvered appearance.
- Light – pale cream or ivory.
- Silver Gray – a heavily striated dark gray travertine.
- Classico – a uniform color and patterning that resembles natural cork.
- Beige – ranging in color from lightest ivory to pale fawn.
- Polished – The travertine is smoothed and polished to a shiny, reflective surface similar to marble. This finish is most common in commercial applications.
- Honed – A honed finish is flat and satiny smooth with a low-shine matte finish. Honed travertine is the most popular choice for home use.
- Brushed – Brushed travertine has slightly rough texture and a matte finish. More antique and is less slippery compared to honed or polished finish.
- Saw Cut – A flat, very matte finish with no honing or polish. No further finishing after being cut with the wet saw.
- Unfilled, Tumbled and brushed – Tumbled Travertine is the most natural finish, resulting in a highly textured finish with no shine and edges that are rounded with a worn appearance that resembles ancient stone. Tumbled Travertine is most often found in outdoor installations.
- Unfilled – Travertine in its naturally porous state with naturally occurring holes.
- Filled – Most commonly, the porous holes in travertine are filled with a mixture of a hardener like cement and dust byproducts from the cutting and honing process for a perfect color match.
- Travertine comes in many different sizes ranging from small pieces suitable for mosaic tiles to large-scale tiles suitable for installation in commercial building lobbies. Since travertine is a natural stone and color depends on the influences of local nature and minerals, not every color will be available in every size. It is more difficult to mine large, consistent pieces from some areas.
February 26, 2016
Our Travertine tiles and pavers have been specifically selected from Turkey to meet the industry recognised Australian standards for travertine to be installed both commercially or in a residential situation.
February 24, 2016
The French Pattern, also known as the Versailles Pattern, provides one of the most distinct floor looks. It is among the most popular stone flooring styles used for both indoor and outdoor flooring. Reminiscent of a stone floor from the historic European palaces, a French pattern floor looks very elegant and impressive, specially with Travertine tiles.
The French pattern is very flexible in terms of layout. Typical tile sizes used in the pattern are as follows (other sizes are available as well on request):
Using these tiles, a number of layouts can be fashioned. For example, two popular layouts for travertine tiles are shown here.
Once a basic layout unit is laid, it is replicated and it fixes with the laid units from all direction like a puzzle, giving you a very captivating floor design.
December 16, 2015
TIPS ON HOW TO INSTALL TRAVERTINE TILES
Travertine tile is a classic choice for floors and walls, both indoors and out. It’s versatile and timeless in its beauty and sure to transform any space you install it in.
In this article, we’re going to share 6 high level tips to keep in mind before getting started with your Travertine tile installation project. At the end of the article, you’ll find links to several resources that go into more depth on how to install Travertine tile.
If you haven’t already, you may enjoy these three articles which provide background perspective on Travertine:
How To Install Travertine Tile – 6 Tips
1. Before you start installing Travertine, assemble your tools.
The most common tools used to install Travertine tile – or most tile for that matter – include a tape measure, a rubber mallet, a power drill and mixing paddle, a marker or wax pencil, a level, a tapping block, a torpedo level, a chalk line, tile spacers, a margin trowel, a notched trowel and a wet saw.
Note that the size of the trowel will depend on the size of the mortar bed needed for the size of the tile you’re installing. See What Size Trowel To Use For Tile and Using the Proper Trowel.
2. Prepare your tile installation surface.
The surface you will be installing your Travertine tile on needs to be flat and clean. Be sure to spend time preparing the surface properly:
Remove any older floor covering, i.e., carpet, vinyl, laminate, older tile and replace or repair the sub-floor.
Repair any cracks in a concrete slab or cover them with a quality crack suppression system. See Why Underlayment Matters to a Tile Installation Project.
Rotten wood needs to be replaced and reinforced appropriately as necessary.
3. Lay out your Travertine tiles before installing them.
You read that right! Travertine is a natural stone with a lot of variation. As a result, it needs to be blended during the installation process so all of the dark pieces or light ones don’t wind up grouped together (unless that is the look you are after!).
Blend them. Do a dry run, lay the Travertine pieces out and see how they look. If you have multiple pallets or crates, work out of two or more at one time. It’s much easier to do so now when you can easily rearrange individual pieces rather than later when the tile is permanently “set in stone.”
Chiseled Edged Travertine Tile Finish
4. Make sure both Travertine tile and substrate are completely dry!
You cannot install wet Travertine. Both the tile and the substrate need to be completely dry when you begin your installation.
5. Use a white thinset with Travertine tile.
This is especially true with lighter Travertine. Remember that Travertine is porous; a gray or dark thinset can darken or tint the stone.
By the way, be sure to mix the thinset to a sticky peanut butter consistency.
6. When to seal Travertine tile?
Some installers recommend sealing Travertine before and after installation.
Others recommend before and after grouting.
Regardless, you will need to seal your Travertine tile. The most common sealers 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 stones appearance.
(If you’re on the fence about which type of sealer to use, wipe a few pieces of Travertine with a damp cloth to see what an enhanced sealer will do.) We recommend that you apply sealer to part of a single piece of tile in an inconspicuous area to ensure that you’re happy with the results and to get a feel for how to apply it before you start on the bulk of your floor.