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October 24, 2016
Travertine is a natural stone with beautiful variations. Sourced from quarries around the world, travertine brings a touch of nature to your home. With a wide range of styles and colors to choose from, you can easily find the perfect match for your interior and exterior flooring needs.
Classic Travertine Tile Flooring
With more than 100 styles and colors of travertine tile to choose from, you can easily find the perfect match for your interior and exterior flooring needs.
A Time-Tested, Worldly Classic
Already established as one of the best-selling building materials on the market, travertine stone is becoming more popular every year. This elite, durable limestone is formed by mineral deposits from hot springs or limestone caves, and it’s cut from quarries around the world. The stone features classic, neutral colors and unique natural patterns that can give your kitchen, bathroom or other spaces an air of sophistication and elegance.
Give Your Home an Ageless Upgrade
Travertine is a sedimentary rock with a distinctive feel and texture and a rich architectural history. The Romans used it to build the Coliseum, and it’s also featured in the walls of castles, churches, monuments, bath complexes and aqueducts across the globe. The colors of natural travertine tile range from ivory and golden hues to salmons, soft beiges and browns.
Each tile is uniquely crafted by nature with striking patterns, crevices and distinctive veining. Travertine tile is available in various matte or glossy finishes; options include filled honed, unfilled honed, brushed, tumbled and polished. Using travertine flooring, you can create timeless, classic looks for your own corner of the world with a natural, neutral color palette that stands the test of time and fits any type of decor. Use it for interior floors, paved patios and garden paths.
Travertine Flooring Benefits
- Affordable Luxury: Tiles deliver a rich look at a reasonable price.
- Durability and Longevity: Natural stone is stronger than man-made tiles and provides decades of beauty.
- Versatility: Travertine flooring blends easily with accent colors and virtually any decor style.
- Adds Value: Stone flooring is a great investment that increases your home’s aesthetic appeal and market value.
- Relatively Low-Maintenance: It’s easy to clean and only requires periodic resealing.
- Practical Choice: Stone is a great option for high-traffic areas.
- One-of-a-kind Looks: No two tiles are alike.
- Easy to Work With: Tiles are easier to manipulate, especially when cutting small pieces.
- Unglazed/Colored Throughout: Consistent color through every layer of the tile makes nicks and chips less visible.
- Flexible Replacement: Natural variations in color make it easier to match replacement tiles.Travertine Outdoor Tiles
travertine floor tiles
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 5, 2016
The natural shades of travertine ranges from soft ivory and pale creamy white to rich golden shades of walnut and honey, silvery greens, rustic reds, and deep mocha coffee shades. Since travertine is a natural stone and the colors depend on local mineral and organic materials, the tiles are never a single solid color, although some travertine varieties are more consistent in color. Colors in each tile will vary with mottling and veins or bands of contrasting color throughout the stone. Each stone has unique character and style, although stones quarried from the same area will have enough overall similarity to create a beautiful floor.
- 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
- Silver – light ivory tiles with a hint of gray that creates a silvered appearance.
- Philadelphia – earthy, medium range tan colors with a high degree of natural striation
- Gold – rich shades of golden honey
- Light – pale cream or ivory
- Navona – very light beige (almost white) with a rustic, antique appearance
- Emerald – pale shades with a greenish tinge
- Emerald Light – Pale green veins on white background
- Onyx Light – Honey yellow onyx veins on white background
- Mina Rustic – Blend of beige and walnut and has some yellow and black veins. Has more variation comparing the other colors
- Mina Dark- One tone darker than Beige, it can be described as “Light Walnut”
- Scabos – a highly variegated degree of colors ranging from light honey to dark rust
- Durango – cloudy ivory and light khaki tile speckled with tiny black dendrites
- Red – travertine that contains a high rust content can range from a pale rust to a vibrant scarlet
- Rosa – a deep rose pink mottled with cream
- 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.
- Tumbled – 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 Tile Thickness
Standard travertine tile thicknesses are 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″ for tiles and 1 1/4″ for pavers the recommended thickness varies depending on the type of travertine and the intended purpose.
Custom thickness can be cut to exact measurements, bearing in mind that the thinner travertine is cut, the more its tensile strength diminishes.
Travertine Tile Sizes
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.
Some of the more common sizes are:
Patterns are mixes of different sized tiles designed to be used together.
Also known as Meandros pattern, sets include tiles in the following proportions:
1 pcs 16″x24″, 2 pcs 16″x16″, 1 pcs 8″x16″, 2 pcs 8″x8″.
French or Villa or Versailles Pattern:
Villa Pattern sets include tiles in the following proportions:
2 pcs 16″x24″, 6 pcs 16″x16″, 4 pcs 8″x16″, 4 pcs 8″x8″.
Small Pattern sets include tiles in the following proportions:
1 pc 12”x18”, 2 pcs 12”x12”, 1 pc 6”x12”, 2 pcs 6”x6”
- Chiseled Edge – Natural stone with rustic chiseling around the edges. Travertine can be hand or machine chiseled. Machine chiseling is most common because it is less expensive and very consistent. Hand chiseled cuts are more random in size and placement.
- Tumbled Edge – Tumbling travertine produces a rough, textured finish with rounded corners for a naturally aged appearance.
- Straight Edge – Sharp 90° corners and edges.
- Chamfered, eased edge, or beveled – A 90° edge that has been eased by angling tiny portion of the edge to make two 45° angles that fit together.
- Pillowed Edge – Pillowed edge refers to a rounded bullnose edge all around the tile.
July 7, 2016
Travertine is becoming the go to for building luxury pool paving. This new trend is due to the fact that Travertine is a natural stone with a great reputation for its durability since ancient times. In fact it was the primary material used to build the Coliseum in Rome which still stands to this day.
Today Travertine is the number one choice among homeowners, builders, architects and designers. Not only for its beauty, durability and heat resistant but the most important for having a non-slip surface.
Travertine pavers look very classy and with its distinctive vivid colors it gives you a variety of options and styles to go alongside your pool deck. Over the years Brick pavers and other man made pavers will fade on the contrary Travertive pavers will not.
Adding Natural Stone in your pool deck will increase the value of the house giving you a great chance for a return on your investment. Another significant advance is the durability. The stone will endure throughout the years.
Additional advantage for choosing Travertine for your pool paving is that is easy to maintain and smooth on the feet, it naturally absorbs water for a non-slip surface. Travertine is famous for not getting too hot which is perfect for those hot summer days at the pool.
So what’s not to love about Travertine for your pool? Throughout the years that beautiful stone will be the witness of joyful times by your gorgeous pool paving tiles.
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
You rarely have to seal polished travertine, but it would be a great idea to test your travertine tiles before deciding whether or not you need to use a sealer. Try dropping a few drops of water on any hidden areas, let the water stand for approximately 5-10 minutes and blot dry. If the travertine stays a darker colour for more than 5 minutes you will need to seal all your tiles to prevent any stains especially any food or drink areas.
Before sealing you should always do a test patch. Rub in a few drops of sealer in an inconspicuous area of the travertine, let the sealer sit for at least 24 hours before testing.
How to seal Travertine Tiles:
1. Ensure the space you are working in is well ventilated.
2. Apply to the sealer with a lambswool applicator or a spray bottle depending on the whether.
3. If puddles do occur on top of the stone wipe them up with a dry cloth or mop to avoid any stains.
4. Most sealers recommended two coats of sealer, you can test if your travertine needs a second coat by doing a test patch.
5. Make sure you allow enough time for the sealer to dry fully, you can use a dry cloth and buff the travertine to speed up the process but allow up to 24 hours before use.
6. If you have any streaks after the sealer has dried, apply more sealer with a dry cloth and buff the travertine until all streaks have been removed.
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.
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.
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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