Travertine is a natural stone that has been quarried from mountains all over the world. As a natural product it is prone to variations in color, pattern and density that actually add to the beauty and charm of the material. Travertine is susceptible to pits, cracks and color variations. This is a warmer aged look which will acquire a beautiful patina over time. No two pieces of natural stone are alike.
These characteristics are not material flows but natural signature of authenticity. Travertine should last a lifetime when taken good care. We recommend our customers to use high quality care and maintenance products, and applying them regularly. Once the stone is sealed, clean up is usually easy. If left unsealed, spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface. We do not suggest using cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners. Once again, with an optimum maintenance travertine will beauty your place for long years.
Travertine offers the ideal surface for your outdoor space. Easy to maintain and with a beautiful accent, the classic beauty of Travertine will add sophistication to any setting. Travertine is slip resistant and durable in the most demanding climates. Travertine provides comfort underfoot, remaining cool and comfortable even on the hottest days. Accent your outdoor living area with beautiful and durable Travertine Pavers and Copings.
Travertine is available in pavers and bullnose copings with an old world look, tumbled finish for finishing your decking / pool / patio area. Travertine is available in 1 ¼”thick as sand set pavers.
Maintaining Your Natural Stone
A regular maintenance regimen will help keep your natural stone looking at its best. Cabot recommends sweeping, dust mopping, or vacuuming prior to wet mopping with a pH balanced neutral cleaner and warm water. Natural stones are sensitive to harsh chemicals.
Using a product like vinegar, or anything with acidic properties or strong alkaline agents is not recommended. Sealing is optional but is recommended especially in cold climates. It will make the stone water resistant. By sealing travertine you can enhance the natural color and create a more vibrant and rich overall tone. Only certain sealers specifically made for travertine must be used.
Variations in cut for travertine
Travertine can be cut on either a “vein” cut, which is against the bedding so the bedding plane is revealed, or a “fleuri” cut, which is along the bedding plane and reveals a flowery, often circular pattern. This cut is also referred to as a “crosscut” pattern. The distinctive holes and cavities in the travertine are formed by gas that escapes during the stone’s formation. These small pits may be filled with matching Portland cement, colored epoxy, or polyester resins.
Some of the finishes available on travertine are:
Tumbled: This stone is tumbled with sand, pebbles, or steel bearings to create a weathered, aged finish to the travertine.
Filled: Natural travertine comes with pores or small holes where gases were once trapped. These holes are usually filled in with cement in order to create a uniform surface.
Unfilled: The natural finish of the stone is unfilled, leaving the pores and holes in the travertine exposed.
Regardless of the type of surface to be maintained, all travertine tile should be protected with a sealer.
Travertine is well established as a dependable type of natural stone, one that is extremely well-suited for flooring. From the Roman Coliseum built in the ancient world to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, travertine has been a part of human progress for millennia. In choosing travertine, you are not only gaining the benefit of a dependable and beautiful natural stone tile – you are playing a part in continuing its splendid history.
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