7 Best Uses For Travertine
What is Travertine?
Ever wondered what exactly is Travertine? We’ll give you a quick introduction before we get to our main point.
Travertine is a calcite based natural stone which is formed beneath hot springs over millions of years. Travertine is formed beneath geo-thermally heated groundwater, the heated water then shoots up through the stone to create the pits and character you see on the surface.
Travertine has been a favoured material throughout history, used to create works of art and buildings of substance and grandeur. The most famously known building “The Colosseum or Coliseum” was built out of Travertine.
There are countless options when you begin your journey on finding the perfect stone paver or stone tile for your project.
We think your short list should be based on some key factors: Durability, Safety, Practicality, Maintenance and Aesthetics – Travertine comes in a variety of colours, sizes and finishes.
From subtle Cool grey tones to striking Ivory features and back to Earth & Raw tones, there really is something for everyone. Travertine typically has strong veining, subtle tones and is a preferred material to work with for installers.
Travertine comes available to the market in cross cut and vein cut options.
Vein Cut – All the directions of the Travertine veins are going towards one direction, this is primarily used for feature walls.
Cross Cut – This is cut in a way that presents fewer veins and is more commonly used for flooring and paving.
1. Travertine Indoors & Bathrooms
With an array of available colours, large format 600×600 tiles are usually the option of choice for the insider.
A transition from your rooms in an elegant and timeless manner, travertine give a raw, natural look and add a sense of mystique to your home.
Travertine tiles are Primarily used on bathroom walls and floors, living room and kitchen floors – their various finishes you can use indoors.
Honed – This is a “matte” finish, a smooth and clean finish it brings a sense of elegance to Travertine (it isn’t shiny)
Polished – Which is self-explanatory (it’s shiny!) and can be slippery in wet areas
Tumbled – The edges of the Travertine tile or paver are unevenly chipped and the surface is somewhat scratched. A tumbled finish is ideal for when you need to increase the slip resistance of the stone. It also makes it much easier for your installer to install as there isn’t a need to worry about chipping edges during the laying process.
We’ve seen countless bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens in this material and it really is other-worldly feeling.
2. Travertine Paving for the Outdoors
Travertine in a tumbled finish is typically the choice for an outdoor setting. Travertine pavers provides for practical and versatile option for your outdoor entertaining area. Its Raw and Rustic feel helps mask unwanted dirt and allows you to more enjoy your environment in a laid-back way.
Nobody wants to spend countless hours on cleaning and maintaining their outdoor spaces and the benefit with Travertine is its mottled character.
A popular choice amongst Australian homeowners and installers alike, it’s easy to see why. With a range of benefits and a relatively cost-effective natural stone paver, Travertine may be the right solution for you.
If you’d like to create a feature of stepping stones or simply direct visitors around your home, Travertine makes for a lovely stepping stone in your garden or walkway.
With many sizes to accommodate different tastes, you can use larger size pavers (800×400) or smaller sizes (600×400) or (400×400) Or you can mix and match them all to create something truly unique!
For optimum walkability, make sure to allow 45 cm from the centre of one stepping stone to the centre of the next as a person’s normal stride is typically 45 cm.
4. Step Treads and Capping
Travertine comes in Bullnose (round edge), Pencil Edge (square edge) as well as Drop edge (stone-slab look) and can be used as stairs to enter your home or even as capping on-top of a feature wall.
The three finishes mentioned provide a great, safe and lavish finish to add to your home.
5. Kitchen Benchtop or Barbeque Top
Travertine is also a popular choice for use in Indoor or Outdoor kitchens as they are available in full-size stone slabs (3000x1600x20mm and 3000x1600x30mm)
They make for a beautiful feature when used in this fashion.
6. Fireplace Hearth or Mantle Piece
Travertine can make for a beautiful fireplace mantle or a fireplace hearth. With Travertines natural tones and exuding character, a world of warmth is brought to your family fireplace.
7. Wall Cladding
Travertine can make for a great wall cladding – did you love the photo of The Colosseum?
Why not build a feature wall in your backyard or the front of your home that looks just like it!
With Travertine wall cladding you can re-create historic walls and really bring your outdoor space to life.
With a range of different Travertine options available for wall cladding you create something truly unique – try mixing and matching shapes and sizes for that rustic looks and then cap off the wall with some Travertine capping to match!
At the end of the day, there is a reason why Travertine has been around since the start of the building age.
It’s a great and versatile material – it’s brought countless homes and artistic creations to people from all walks of life.
Travertine is from the earth and given to us by mother nature and in turn, we should use it to create spaces that truly allow for us to connect back to nature.
If you need any help in finding the right products to treat your natural haven, feel free to get in touch.
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