The product of the Week! Travertine
This week’s product is our most in-demand product, Travertine! Travertine is a luxurious natural stone that is used as a building material not just as flooring, but also for pool paving and pool coping, countertops, backsplashes, facades, bathrooms and listless other purposes.

Please browse our range of travertine tiles/pavers at https://stone-pavers.com.au/travertine-products/

 

Who wants Travertine?Travertine has a long and prestigious history as a favored building material for everyone from Michelangelo to Richard Meier to your neighbor down the street. Italy is filled with travertine quarries, so it’s no surprise that the Romans made extensive use of travertine in structures as varied as baths, amphitheatres, flooring, aqueducts, and temples. The iconic Colosseum in Rome is constructed almost entirely out of travertine, in fact. Travertine was used by Michelangelo in the construction of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Gian Lorenzo Bernini used Travertine to build the St. Peter’s Square Colonnade in the 1600’s. In 1732 Nicola Salvi chose travertine for his construction of the Trevi Fountain. But it’s not only in Italy that travertine was popular. The iconic Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris makes extensive use of travertine, and the lobby walls of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in Chicago are lined with travertine. Giving the Colosseum a run for its money in the extensive use of travertine stone is the Getty Centre in Los Angeles, whose façade is made up almost entirely of travertine. Travertine has been a prominent building material going back to the Middle Ages, with some reports even earlier than that. In more recent times, Travertine has been considered a high-end product to use, as it has been an expensive product to purchase, until now, here with us at Stone and Slate Discounts.

 

Travertine is a sedimentary stone, which, if you’ll recall your elementary school geology, refers to stones that are formed by deposits of minerals and other materials (sediment), in contrast to igneous or metamorphic rocks. The sediments that make up Travertine are usually found in geo-thermally heated hot springs and geysers, or limestone caves. Travertine is actually a type of limestone, which is also a sedimentary stone, whose sediment is made up of calcium carbonates such as aragonite and calcite, just like travertine. Travertine goes through an extra procedure, though, wherein hot and mineral-rich water flow through the limestone, and the carbon dioxide released creates the distinctive and unique porosity of travertine. Most travertine tiles are about half an inch thick, and the surface of a travertine tile can come filled or unfilled.

 

What is Travertine?
Travertine is a sedimentary stone, which, if you’ll recall your elementary school geology, refers to stones that are formed by deposits of minerals and other materials (sediment), in contrast to igneous or metamorphic rocks. The sediments that make up Travertine are usually found in geo-thermally heated hot springs and geysers, or limestone caves. Travertine is actually a type of limestone, which is also a sedimentary stone, whose sediment is made up of calcium carbonates such as aragonite and calcite, just like travertine. Travertine goes through an extra procedure, though, wherein hot and mineral-rich water flow through the limestone, and the carbon dioxide released creates the distinctive and unique porosity of travertine. Most travertine tiles are about half an inch thick, and the surface of a travertine tile can come filled or unfilled.
Where does Travertine come from?
Most of today’s travertine comes from Italy, Turkey, and Mexico. We source our Travertine from Turkey!

 

The Unique Travertine Look
Travertine is known and appreciated for its distinctive, rustic, and classic look. The colour of travertine is determined by its iron content. Travertine has a characteristically aged look, which accurately represents the long history of its use. The weathered look of unpolished travertine is one of its most desirable qualities. While this rustic travertine is the most common image of it, there are actually a wide range of potential appearances, depending on the finish. Travertine is a natural stone, so it’s important to keep in mind that no two travertine tiles will look exactly the same, and if you want an entirely uniform experience, travertine might not be the right choice for you. Pits and holes, which speak to its porous nature, characterize unfilled travertine in its natural state, and some travertine can feature minor veining that gives it a similar look to marble. Because travertine tiles can be cut to size, you can go for large slabs or small mosaic tiles, depending on the look you’re aiming for with your floors.
What Travertine Finishes can you use?
The first thing to consider is whether you want filled and honed or unfilled and tumbled travertine. We mentioned that travertine is porous and features many little holes throughout its body and surface. Filled or unfilled refers to whether these holes are filled. While our last post discussed the general appearance of all travertine, the look of your specific travertine floors will depend entirely on the finish applied. The main finishes are unfilled & tumbled or honed & filled. Honed travertine is the most common type of travertine flooring. This means that the surface of the travertine has been polished flat, but not completely glossed. The surface of the floor will be matte and non-stick, and will more closely resemble traditional travertine. When most people think of travertine tiles, honed travertine is the finish that comes to mind first. Honed and Filled traverine is suitable for indoors only, as it can be slippery when outdoors. Unfilled & Tumbled travertine tiles have textured surfaces that reflect the least amount of light and have the most muted colours. This Travertine is our best seller, it is perfect for internal and external application, and for pool areas where it really adds character. This Tumbled travertine has more texture than honed & filled travertine, and sometimes features rounded edges that give it a distinctive look. Tumbled travertine also looks distinctly more aged and weathered.

 

What sizes are available?
Ivory Travertine is currently being stocked in a rectangular size 610×406, a square 610×610 and in the forever loved French Pattern an it is stocked in a 12mm and 30mm thickness.
We have many other colours and sizes, so If the above isn’t quite what you are after, you can contact us and we will see if we can arrange something special for you!

 

Durability of Travertine Tile Flooring
Travertine, like most natural stone flooring options, is a very durable material that will stand up well to heavy traffic. Travertine is a solid natural stone, comparable to marble in its Measurement of Hardness (MOH) rating, so it’s perfect for high traffic areas. Travertine’s distinctive aspect of durability is its capability to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, so it can be used in outdoor settings and is frequently found by swimming pools or on patios.

If your Travertine is filled and sealed with high quality products, it will be essentially waterproof and stainproof, unfilled travertine may still absorb things food spills over time due to its porosity.

 

Maintenance of Travertine Tile Flooring
As with any flooring option, regular cleaning is key to keeping your floors looking beautiful for longer. Travertine will require more maintenance than some flooring options, although this is easily managed. Sweeping often to make sure that dirt and grit don’t get a chance to build up on your travertine floors is a brilliant idea. A regularly damp mop or vacuum over your travertine will help keep them really spotless. As we’ve said, travertine is porous, and so can be susceptible to spills and stains. If you do spill something on your travertine tile floors, be sure to wipe it up immediately and don’t let it set in. Reseal your travertine floors every couple of years at the least to keep them resilient. Travertine is particularly sensitive to acidic substances and alkaline such as lemon, wine, juice, and coffee, so avoid acidic cleaners and be particularly wary of having these materials around travertine. If you want to use a stone cleaner, be sure to get one particularly meant for travertine, and discreetly spot test it first to ensure that there won’t be any nasty surprises.

 

Quality is Key!
One should be aware the it is vital to choose a high-quality Natural Stone. We have worked tirelessly to get the best quality at the best price and we try our hardest to remain the cheapest seller of Travertine in Victoria.

Contact us now if you think Travertine would be suitable for your next project! Or browse our range at https://stone-pavers.com.au/travertine-products/

Enjoy your day from the Team at Stone and Slate Discounts!