Stone of the Week
Silver Travertine

Who wants Silver Travertine?
Those looking for a natural stone that can be used continuously around your pool, patio, steps, bathrooms and flooring, both internal and external, would find that Silver Travertine is a more than suitable option.

The colour is a clean and vibrant look that can be used a feature piece or grouted in a similar colour to blend in with many textures and colours surrounding your home.

It is perfect alternative for bluestone, for those wanting something in a grey tone but with more character and colour variation.

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.

What is Silver 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.

What Silver Travertine finishes are available?
Travertine is available in two main finishes.
Unfilled and Tumbled
Or
Honed and Filled

Unfilled and Tumbled is the brushed finish on the natural state of the stone. It has then gone through a tumbling process, to create rounded edges. This adds to the look, but creating space for the grout to show and the edges to be more apparent.
The stone can be butt-joint or left with a slightly larger than usual join and un-grouted for a classical and traditional look, or can be butt joint and grouted for a more uniform modern appearance.

Honed and Filled is the finish most often used internally in bathrooms, kitchens and as internal flooring. As a difference from the unfilled and tumbled the honed and filled has been filled with a similar coloured epoxy fill, to fill an holing and indentations and has then gone through a honing process to make smooth and flat.

This surface is best used in areas with higher chances of spillages and dirt as is less porous after such process, but it is also more slippery, so not highly recommended externally.

What sizes are available?
We stock Silver Travertine in Unfilled and Tumbled in:
610x406x12mm
610x406x30mm
French Pattern 12mm

Coping:
610x610x30mm tumbled- limited
610x406x30mm tumbled
610x406x30mm bullnose
610x406x40/20 rebate
610x406x75/20 rebate

We stock Silver Travertine in Honed and Filled in:
This product is not stocked, but can be ordered in basically any size. 610x406x12mm is common.

Where does Travertine come from?

Most of today’s travertine comes from Italy, Turkey, and Mexico. We source our Travertine from Turkey! We have chosen Turkey to source our supplies from as the quality is high but at times our shipments can take 10-12 weeks. We do our very best to keep stock levels high with new shipments arriving at least monthly, at times more to suit demand.

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.

Where does Travertine come from?
Most of today’s travertine comes from Italy, Turkey, and Mexico. We source our Travertine from Turkey! We have chosen Turkey to source our supplies from as the quality is high but at times our shipments can take 10-12 weeks. We do our very best to keep stock levels high with new shipments arriving at least monthly, at times more to suit demand.

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.

Durability of Silver Travertine
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 Silver Travertine
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!