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WHAT IS TRAVERTINE?
Many people come across the term “travertine” while looking at tile and paver options for their next home improvement project. If you’ve seen the term but weren’t exactly sure what travertine is, you’ve come to the right place!
Travertine is a type of limestone that has been deposited by a mineral spring, which is what’s responsible for its smooth finish and coloring. Travertine is a 100% natural rock formation and is not manufactured from a composite mixture.
Travertine has a long, rich history as a building material, and was used centuries ago in Ancient Rome. Many famous structures, including the Colosseum in Rome and Ephesus in Turkey, were made using travertine stone – a testament to travertine’s long-lasting abilities.
WHY IS TRAVERTINE DIFFERENT COLOUR?
Travertine comes in a variety of colors and shades – in fact, just about every travertine tile or paver features coloring that is slightly unique. This is because it is a sedimentary stone, which means that it absorbs coloring from nearby minerals, such as iron ore. When iron deposits are located near travertine deposits, the iron oxide deposits its coloring into the travertine, causing these slight and often stunning variations.
Many other mineral deposits can contribute to travertine’s coloring as well. Because of this, travertine can often be found in a variety of shades, from the lightest ivory and darker walnut shades, to even dark browns and deep reds.
COMMON USES FOR TRAVERTINE
Travertine has been used for centuries to build exquisite architectural marvels that are still standing to this day, and its proven durability and lasting beauty have continued to prompt builders and homeowners to choose travertine tiles or pavers in modern building projects. This natural stone is so versatile, it can be used in a number of places both inside and outside. Here are some of the common uses for travertine that residents and builders are taking advantage of in today’s projects.
1. Floors and walls
Travertine tiles are a great choice when it comes to floors and walls. Kitchens, hallways, foyers and bathrooms can all benefit from travertine floors, which can suit a variety of decor styles and stand up to frequent foot traffic and kitchen messes when they’re properly sealed. Travertine tiled walls are a popular choice for impressive hotel lobbies or convention centers.
2. Pool decks
If you have a pool in your backyard, travertine pavers can be a fabulous choice for the deck. Not only is the surface slip-resistant, which is useful in such a big splash zone, but the pavers stay cool even on hot days, meaning bare feet won’t be scorched.
3. Courtyards and patios
Whether you have a patio in the back of your home or a courtyard in back of a hotel, travertine pavers are an impressive choice that will dazzle your guests. It’s tasteful and can match a variety of exteriors, and there are many patterns you can choose when it comes to the layout.
4. Pool Coping
Travertine as pool coping can provide a non-slip surface along with a seamless look, turning your pool into a spa-like oasis.
There’s nothing exciting about concrete driveways, but travertine pavers can add a wow factor to your property. It gives your home great curb appeal and is durable enough to stand up to lots of wear and tear as well as heat/thaw cycles.
6. Walkways and paths
A walkway leading to your front door or a meandering path showing guests through your garden can be made much more attractive with the use of these natural stone pavers. The best part is that they’re easy to install yourself with a wet or dry setting.
7. Stair Treads
Inside or outside, travertine tiles and pavers can make for some stunning stairways. Whether you need a nice stoop for your front door or a step or two leading to an elevated room in your home, travertine is an elegant choice.
Travertine, as a sedimentary rock, presents on its surface hundreds of tiny voids or holes undetectable to the naked eye. The high porosity of Travertine allows the absorption of water. Travertine may also contain small holes and this feature makes travertine a permeable product. Its permeability is the main reason why many builders, landscapers, architects, and designers choose travertine for outdoor projects. When used on a pool deck, travertine pavers provide a non-slip surface as laboratory test results show that travertine pavers, when wet, are less slippery than when they are dry. Travertine Mart”s Premium Select Grade travertine pavers provide the perfect balance in functionality and density; creating a porous and slightly rough non-slip surface with a density that can go through even freeze/thaw cycles without cracking or deformations.
COLOURS AND VARIATION IN TRAVERTINE
The beauty of travertine lies in its uniqueness. You will not find a piece exactly the same as the other. Color selections such as Ivory, Walnut and Noche tend to be consistent in color while you might find pieces that are slightly darker or lighter, it is overall reasonably uniform in color and variation. If you are looking for a classic look with a drop of personality, Ivory Swirl is your best choice. This color selection offers an perfect balance of earth tone shades. On the other hand, color selections such as Autumn Blend, Leonardo and Gold have richness in color and an almost poetic appeal due to the natural color movement.
Regardless of the color you choose, travertine will offer a natural look and most importantly the feel that not other natural or even man-made product can offer. You already know about the functional abilities that make travertine ideal for as an outdoor paver product.
HOW TO CLEAN COPING TRAVERTINE?
Travertine can be washed with fiber brushes, mild soap or detergent, and water. In extreme cases, Travertine can be cleaned with a light spray of a pressure washer, in which case the Travertine may need to be resealed.
For wine spills or tough stains that need extra work, consider a Poultice Powder.
SEALING COPING TRAVERTINE
Although it is not necessary to seal travertine pavers, doing so will bring out the natural beauty and splendor of the travertine. Sealing may be preferred on a patio that is frequently used for entertaining, as it will protect against spills from food and wine, which may stain the Travertine. Some clients prefer to use a non-slip “shark skin” sealer to provide more traction to a chiseled paver on a driveway.
Advantages of sealing travertine pavers:
Sealing the pavers is also a good way to protect the stone against stains and mildew. Sealer that penetrates deep into the travertine’s pores will retain the stone’s natural texture while ensuring that stains don’t soak in and mildew won’t grow. If your travertine is on a pool deck where you frequently entertain guests, sealer will ensure that there’s minimal damage caused by accidental spills from things like wine and soda.
Disadvantages of sealing travertine pavers:
Upkeep. A professional quality sealer will need to be reapplied every 5 years or so. Depending on the brand of the sealer, you may need to reapply every year or every other year. That being said, sealing is a very easy DIY task and you should be able to do it by yourself one afternoon.
How to Seal Travertine Pavers:
What you will need:
-Spray bottle filled with water
-Absorbent white clean cloth
Before you apply the sealer, clean the travertine pavers with a cleaner that is suggested by the sealer you selected. Because chemicals interact differently with each other it is important to use a cleaner that is suitable for use with the sealer. Start cleaning the installed travertine pavers according to the cleaning product’s instructions thoroughly. Rinse well after cleaning and let it dry for an hour. After the travertine pavers dry, look for any residues, leaves or particles and sweep them with a clean broom.
Apply a light coat of water with the spray bottle over the surface of the travertine pavers. Wait just a minute for the water to begin drying, but don’t wait too long until all the water dries out. Use the roller brush to apply the sealer, based on sealer’s recommendations. Be sure to apply a thin layer on the entire surface of the pavers. After about 30 minutes, wipe off excess sealer, using an absorbent clean cloth. Use a white cloth in order not to pass dyes to the pavers.
Apply a second coat (if in accordance with your sealer brand) of sealer right after removing excess sealer from the first application. Allow 24 hours for the sealer to be fully absorbed before allowing traffic.