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June 21, 2016

Travertine Tiles for Pools

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.


Classico Ivory Travertine Quarry

Travertine Colors:

                    • 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.


Travertine Finishes:

                      • 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.


Travertine Surfaces:

                          • 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 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.
February 26, 2016

Your questions answered regarding PRICE, INSTALLATION, SEALING, TYPES, COST of TRAVERTINE

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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 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.


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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