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Our Customers Travertine Paving, most Frequently Asked Questions All Answered

Here are the most  frequently asked questions about travertine tiles and pavers that we have been asked by our customers here in Australia, along with their answers:

  • What is travertine?

    • Travertine is a natural stone formed by the precipitation of minerals from hot springs. It is characterized by its porous texture and earthy tones.
  • How are travertine tiles and pavers different from each other?

    • Travertine tiles are usually thinner and designed for indoor use, such as flooring and wall applications. Pavers are thicker and more durable, suitable for outdoor areas like driveways and patios.
  • What are the common applications of travertine tiles and pavers?

    • Travertine tiles are commonly used for indoor flooring, bathrooms, and kitchen backsplashes and as outdoor tiles in general. Pavers are ideal for outdoor areas like pool decks, pathways, and patio flooring.
  • What sizes are available for travertine tiles and pavers?

    • Travertine tiles typically come in various sizes, including 406x406mm, 610x610mm and French Pattern as well as in a 610x406mm rectangular shaped tile. Pavers are also available in these sizes.
  • How does travertine compare to other natural stones like marble and granite?

    • Travertine is less dense than marble and granite, making it slightly more porous. It has a distinct appearance with natural holes and variations, giving it a unique character.
  • What are the different finishes available for travertine tiles and pavers?

    • Common finishes include polished, honed, tumbled, and brushed. Each finish offers a different look and texture. We suggest a tumbled and honed finish for EXTERNAL outdoor tiles usage.
  • How do I choose the right colour and pattern for my project?

    • Consider the existing colour scheme and the ambiance you want to create. Get FREE samples to see how the travertine looks in your space before making a decision.
  • Is travertine suitable for outdoor use, like pool decks and patios?

    • Yes, travertine tiles and pavers are the PERFECT choice for outdoor applications due to their durability and slip-resistant surface.
  • How do I clean and maintain travertine tiles and pavers?

    • Use a mild, pH-neutral cleaner and avoid acidic or harsh chemicals. Regularly sweep or use a soft mop, and promptly clean up spills to prevent staining.
  • Does travertine require sealing? If so, how often should it be sealed?

    • Yes, travertine should be sealed to protect it from staining. Sealing frequency depends on factors like traffic and location but is typically done every 4 to 5years.
  • Can travertine be used in high-traffic areas?

    • Yes, travertine is durable and can handle high-traffic areas with proper sealing and maintenance.
  • Is travertine slip-resistant?

    • Travertine pavers usually have a naturally textured surface, which makes them HIGHLY slip-resistant.
  • What are the potential drawbacks or challenges of using travertine tiles and pavers?

    • The porous nature of travertine can make it susceptible to staining if not sealed and maintained properly. It may also require more maintenance than denser stones.
  • How do I install travertine tiles and pavers? Can I do it myself, or should I hire a professional?

    • Hiring a professional installer is recommended for best results, as proper preparation and installation techniques are crucial. But of course they are easily installed by a home handyman who has time on their side.
  • What should I consider regarding the climate and location before using travertine outdoors?

    • Ensure the travertine is suitable for the climate and verify that the pavers are rated for outdoor use and freeze-thaw cycles. In general travertine tiles and pavers are suited to ALL climatic conditions.
  • Is travertine heat resistant?

    • Yes, travertine is EXTREMELY heat resistant and can handle hot weather conditions.
  • Can travertine be used in bathrooms and kitchens?

    • Yes, travertine tiles can be used in bathrooms and kitchens, but it’s essential to seal them properly to prevent water penetration.
  • What are the cost considerations for travertine tiles and pavers compared to other flooring options?

    • Travertine can be more affordable than some high-end natural stones like marble, but it is generally more expensive than ceramic or porcelain tiles.
  • Are there any special considerations for maintaining the grout between travertine tiles?

    • Use a grout sealer to protect the grout from staining and regularly clean it with a mild solution to prevent buildup.
  • How do I prevent staining and etching on travertine surfaces?

    • Seal the travertine regularly, clean up spills promptly, and avoid using acidic cleaners that can cause etching.
  • Can travertine tiles be used with underfloor heating systems?

    • Yes, travertine tiles are compatible with underfloor heating systems. As a matter of fact they are probably one of the BEST tiles to use on a heated slab.
  • Are there eco-friendly options for travertine tiles and pavers?

    • Some suppliers offer eco-friendly and responsibly sourced travertine options.
  • Where can I purchase high-quality travertine tiles and pavers?

    • You can find them at reputable tile stores, stone yards, or online retailers.
  • Are there any DIY tips for repairing minor damages on travertine surfaces?

    • Minor scratches and chips can often be repaired with travertine filler kits available at home improvement stores.
  • Can travertine be used in combination with other materials for unique designs?

    • Yes, travertine can be combined with other materials like glass or metal for creative and custom designs.

We've been supplying travertine to Aussies for over 35+ years!

Julie D
Kew, Victoria
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"Best quality travertine tiles. Cheaper than everywhere else too"
John J
Buderim, Queensland
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"Great quality travertine pavers at the best price I've seen at a tile shop. Even with delivery from Melbourne."
Alexa P
Port Melbourne, Victoria
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"Impressed with the travertine quality. Will use again for my other properties."
Ivan P
Shepparton, Victoria
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"I recommend the Ivory travertine. Looks great but not too expensive"
Peter G
Wagga, New South Wales
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"The best company to buy your travertine from. Easy to deal with and great delivery service"
Jenny P
Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
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"Excellent quality and price travertine at Stone & Slate Discounts."