Seven Ideal Applications for Travertine Stone
What is Travertine?
Before we get to the point of this article, let's first understand what travertine is and its main properties as a natural stone. Travertine is a calcite-based natural stone formed beneath hot springs for millions of years. Most of the natural pits and crevices on the surface of travertine are formed when the heated water shoots up to the stone's surface, giving it the character we see today.
Throughout history, travertine stone pavers have been the preferred material for building structures of majesty and grandeur. For example, The Colosseum, one of the most globally recognisable structures, was also built using travertine stone pavers.
As you can understand from the above information, travertine is a beautiful stone that is durable, safe and available in various colours and sizes. It is available in stunning colours, ranging from cool grey to brown and milky tones, and it is formed in such a way that no two travertine pavers look alike and gives this stone unparalleled character.
These stones are usually available in two different cuts. No matter whether it is a cross-cut or vein-cut, installers love working with travertine pavers.
- In vein-cut, the travertine is cut so that all the veins move in one direction and is commonly used for feature walls.
- In cross-cutting, the travertine is cut in a way where fewer veins are visible, and the surface is smoother and has fewer pits. This cut is more commonly used for flooring and paving.
Application of Travertine Stone
1. Travertine tiles for indoors
Travertine is a functional, elegant and characterful stone, making it an excellent choice for installation in living rooms and bathrooms. It is available in a beautiful range of colours and different sizes so there are almost endless possibilities.
Installing travertine tiles will give your indoor floor a heavenly touch. These tiles are mainly installed on bathroom walls or kitchen and living room floors, and there is a variety of finishes including honed, polished and tumbled.
Honed is a matte finish travertine that looks smooth and clean but is not shiny. Polished, as the name indicates, gives travertine a beautiful shine, but it can be very slippery when used in a wet area. Tumbled means that the cut tiles are put into a machine and rotated until the edges are rounded, lightly exfoliating the surface and making it less slippery.
2. Travertine paving for outdoors
Installing travertine pavers outdoors is a popular option for many homeowners but, if you are thinking of installing them outdoors, we strongly suggest you go for tumbled or honed finish pavers as they are non slippery, unlike polished travertine pavers.
Opting for a tumbled or honed finish look will help keep unwanted dirt and dust away so there’s no need to worry about cleaning and maintaining the tiles.
3. Capping and step treads
4. Fireplaces, hearths and mantelpieces
5. Kitchen and barbeque tops
6. Wall Cladding
7. Stepping Stones
The Bottom Line About Travertine
In a nutshell, travertine is durable and full of character and warmth. It’s versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes so, if you’re looking for a stone paver that brings a natural look to your place, consider using travertine. Attila’s Natural Stone has the best range of stone available in the market and has the most extensive range of travertine in Melbourne.
If you’d like more information, reach out to their stone experts online. They have years of experience helping people like you choose the best natural stone pavers to transform their house into a home.