Q= What is Travertine?
Travertine is a natural stone from Limestone family, travertine is deposited from mostly calcium and other minerals. The spring water releases carbon dioxide and it dissolves the limestone; therefore appearance of air bubbles occurs, that is the reason that unfilled travertine has many little holes on the surface.
Depending on what the geographic area of the quarry is, the stone may include different mineral, these results as different colors and variations in different stones come from different areas.
Travertine found in the nature as layers on top of each other, each layer shows different time line in the history. Most likely the layers are found in order of dark and light. These color differences make the travertine to be available to have different variations in color according to angle of cutting.
Travertine stone is very durable yet it is easy to cut and polish. The other stone types mostly demonstrate more formal and cold-looking. Travertine colors are very warm and soft. Also colors makes easy to create a mixed design with different types of Travertine.
Travertine is applicable for both indoor and outdoor projects. You can use them in your bathroom, floors, walls, patios, pools. Of course different use of area needs a different finish according to purpose of the use.
Q= What is “Vein Cut” –“Cross Cut” Travertine?
Vein Cut Travertine includes natural veins and mostly cut with an angle of 90°. This style of cutting creates parallel lines on the surface as a natural design. Some Travertine types may not include totally parallel veins or different color layers; depend on the characteristics of the quarry. Vein cut is very similar to look of wood.
If Travertine blocks cut parallel to the veins it creates a more uniform look on the surface. Cloudy variations of different colors and tones and some veins may occur on the surface. Cross cut preferred over the vein cut because it is more natural and uniform. Nowadays most of the major porcelain tile producers are copying the look of travertine because of its delicate look and natural beauty.
Q- What finishes available for Travertine?
Since Travertine used widely as a building material there are many different finishes available to fulfill the specific needs for every different area of use.
Honed and Filled: All natural holes on the surface of the stone filled with cement base material. Honed finish has a smooth appearance and not reflecting, mostly used for indoor projects. This finish is also known as semi-polished.
Brushed and Chiseled: Surface of the stone antiquated with special brushes to catch a raw yet soft texture. It feels like you are touching an orange. This is a less slippery finish and good for both indoor and outdoor applications. Holes may be grouted after the installation. Brushed finish needs less maintenance and able to hide little scratches on the surface. Higher finishes like honed or polished may need some fixing for these scratches may happen. If you have pets living with you using brushed finish may be a good idea.
Tumbled: Stones are aged in a machine to create and antiquated look. This finish mostly used for mosaics, tumbled tiles and pavers. Especially for outdoor pavers we suggest our customers to consider tumbled finish because they are not slippery even when they are wet.
Polished: Surface of the tiles reflecting and shiny. This process makes visible the entire natural characteristic of the stone. If used on the walls may not require sealing, not suggested for outdoor floors and wet areas.
There are many other finishes available for Travertine as well as other natural stone kinds. What we listed here only the ones commonly used. If you have any questions or need more information please Contact Us.
Q- Are travertine pavers suitable for colder climates?
Travertine pavers have been installed and tested in some of the coldest climates. They have been through several freeze thaw test without any cracking.
Q- Is travertine safe around the pool?
Travertine pavers are an excellent choice for pools, since they are non-slip and never get hot from the sun. Natural porousness of travertine makes it a perfect choice for wet areas.
Q- Can I install travertine pavers over my existing concrete deck?
Yes they can be sand-set or set with mortar.
Q- What do I use for edging-bordering?
You can use an edging material that will prevent the pavers from moving, or you can pour footer with concrete and thin-set the pavers to the footer. Regular masonry bricks are also can be used as a base and bordering material can be mortared on top. There are many different edging materials and styles can be used. We have explained some of them with drawings on our Layout Designs page.
Q- Do I have to seal Travertine Pavers?
It is not necessary to seal the pavers but you should seal them to protect against staining from some natural elements and spills from any harmful liquids or foods. You can visit our Sealer & Stone Care page for more detailed information.
Q- What is the Ashlar (French) Pattern?
The Ashlar Pattern is a random pattern set of four different size pavers equaling 16 square feet. Each set consists of (4) 8”x8”, (2) 8”x16”, (4) 16”x16”, and (2) 16”x24” pavers. A detailed explanation and drawing can be found at our Layout Designs page.