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publicat in: Different natural stones // Publicata pe 04.04.2017

A travertine quarry is the place where this stone is extracted from. Most quarries are huge and look like deep, enormous holes. The travertine is broken into blocks which are then transported to factories for further cutting and processing. After the blocks are cut into slabs, paving tiles, mosaics etc., they are given different types of finishes.

What is the difference between first class, commercial or type A travertine?

Travertine's class or category is usually determined by the percentage of holes inside the stone: the fewer the orifices, the higher the quality. Travertine slabs with a high percentage of holes fall into the commercial category. Tiles with the fewest number of holes are considered class A. There is something else that must be taken into account. Some travertine slabs are filled and honed, so their holes have been covered with a special filler. The difference between first class and commercial travertine is determined be the quantity of filler used to fill the stone's orifices. 
A honed travertine tile which has a lot of filled orifices is of lower quality than one which has undertaken a minimum filling.
The filler used has the same colour as the travertine so it is very hard to notice it, which means that even in the case of a commercial quality travertine, the aspect of the stone is quite pleasant. Obviously, the difference in quality generates a difference in pricing.

What is the difference between travertine panels and travertine paving tiles?

Travertine panels are used for interior projects such as floor and wall cladding, while paving tiles are used mainly outdoor for walkways, pool side paving, terraces etc. The travertine panel has an average thickness of 1.2 mm, while paving tiles have a standard thickness of 3 cm. 

What is a French Pattern travertine set?

”French Pattern” is the common name used for the ”Versailles” model, also known as the ”Leonardo” model. A French Pattern set covers 0,742 square meters and contains the following slabs: one 60 x 40 cm pieces, two 40 x 40 pieces, one 40 x 20 cm piece and two 20 x 20 cm pieces.

In what colours do travertine panels, paving tiles and mosaics come in?

Some of the most frequent colours are ivory, classic beige, silver, orange-yellow. You can also combine two or more of these shades. In the stone industry, they are usually referred to with different names such as Cream, Cappuccino, Chocolate etc.

What are the finishes used for travertine?

Travertine products usually have the following finishes: tumbled, honed, brushed, filled, filled & honed, split face-chipped, bush hammered. Polished and chipped finishes refer to French Pattern sets, where the surface is even and the edges are chipped. Combinations of different finishes are also available, such as: chipped & honed, chipped & brushed or honed & filled & chipped.

How thick is a travertine panel?

A standard travertine panel is 1.2 cm thick, but there are some models that are cut at 1 cm.

How thick is a travertine paving tile?

This product is destined for exterior projects which are out in the open and is 3 cm thick. 2 cm or even 1.2 cm paving tiles can be used for terraces and paving that is covered by a roof or for walkways, light traffic parking spaces etc.

What is a travertine Medallion?

A travertine Medallion is a centrepiece usually enclosed in the floor paving or as a wall design element. Most medallions are made from mosaic pieces or broken travertine slabs.

What are the most common sizes and patterns for travertine mosaics?

Travertine mosaics come in different sizes, shapes and colours. The most popular sizes are 1.5 x 1.5 cm, 2.3 x 2.3 cm, 2 x 4 cm, 4.8 x 4.8 cm, 4 x 8 cm or 2.5 x 10 cm. Some of the most common mosaic pattern include: normal (square), spirals, herringbone, stagger and stripes. 

How wide is a travertine panel?

Travertine panels are between 15,2 and 61 cm wide.

What are the most common travertine floor tiles in Romania?

French Pattern is the most popular style of floor tiles which includes 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm, 30.5 x 61 cm and 45.7 x 45.7 cm tiles. 61 x 61 tiles are becoming more and more popular for interior and exterior design projects.

What is the difference between Cross Cut and Vein Cut travertine?

99% of the travertine panels sold online or by local retailers are cross cut. Cross cutting refers to the cutting of travertine blocks perpendicular on the stone's nervure. To produce vein cut travertine, the blocks are cut horizontally on the nervure. Imagine the way a tree trunk can be cut, vertically or horizontally. If it is cut vertically you can see the nervure (cross cut).

            VEIN CUT                                                                                      CROSS  CUT

What is split face travertine?

Split face travertine has a rough surface and usually has 3 type of widths: 5 cm, 7.5 cm and 10 cm. This type of product can be used in both interior and exterior projects. Some designers even prefer to add a split face tile between even tiles on walls to create contrast and a 3D visual effect.

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What are the most common applications of travertine?

History has shown that there are no limits in regard to how travertine can be used. In Antiquity, the Greeks and Romans have used the stone for construction projects such as buildings, temples, aqueducts, bathrooms, stairs, amphitheatres such as the Colosseum, the biggest construction in the world made almost entirely out of travertine.
Travertine was also used for sculptures and monuments. Even now, in the 21st century, natural stone is used in a wide variety of projects, in interior and exterior design. These are a few of the most popular types of projects that use travertine:
Bathrooms and showers
Sinks, bathtubs and showers
Interior partition walls
Floors and exterior walls

What is a travertine border or moulding?

These are special travertine moulding pieces often used as borders. Their size is usually between 0,5-1 cm and 3-4 cm wide and 30 cm long. The most common size for travertine borders is between 6 and 10 cm wide and between 20 and 30 cm long (depending on the chosen model).

Can travertine be used outside in freezing temperatures?

Yes, if the travertine has the right thickness, which is 3 cm. because of the stones natural orifices, it can soak up water that freezes during winter and can lead to cracks in the pavement. If you are thinking of using travertine outside, take into consideration 3 important details: installation should be done by a specialized team, use natural stone adhesive and filler that are created for humid environments (waterproof) and do not forget to seal the stone after installation to preserve the stone for a long time. The sealer is applied in 2 or 3 layers, depending on the type of travertine used. 

What is the best way of transporting travertine to my home?

Because of it weight, travertine is loaded into trucks or vans. If you have booked a installation team, you should synchronize the delivery with the time of the team's arrival at the project site. The unloading of the merchandise is the team's or the client's responsibility. 

How often does travertine need to be sealed?

If we're talking about a high traffic area such as a floor that is used on a daily basis, the sealer has a shorten life than the one applied on a wall cladding. Interior cladded walls can be sealed once every few years, but other areas require sealing once a year. These areas include: garage entrances, terraces, yard walkways, living rooms or kitchens etc. Some people appreciate the natural aspect of stone and prefer not to seal it. An important rule when it comes to travertine maintenance is this: if you spilled water and the stone changes its colour significantly, then it's time for a new sealing.

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