Contractors often use travertine tile and pavers in construction projects, such as for paving pool areas, and contractors can list many benefits of travertine tile.
Travertine is a natural stone formed when minerals dissolve in water that is then pushed by natural springs above the surface. The stone is often found near hot mineral springs or limestone caves. Travertine is a form of almost-limestone that has formed without the additional heat and pressure that would be needed to create limestone.
Five Benefits of Using Travertine Tile and Pavers
Though travertine has many benefits, below are five of the most commonly recognized.
Travertine is a strong material: two to three times as strong as concrete, in fact. This strength comes from having been compressed for many years. With proper care, travertine can last for decades, even centuries.
Ease of Repair
Natural stone tiles and pavers are easy to replace if one gets damaged or broken,
unlike concrete slabs. Remove the broken tile and several others in the area, and swap in new tiles mixing with the original so that the colors blend throughout. Contractors can advise clients to order extra tiles for easy repair and to have them on hand. With concrete slabs you would have to replace the whole surface in order to keep a surface looking new.
The Freeze-Thaw Advantage
Travertine tiles and pavers are able to survive the freeze-thaw cycle in cold climates because of their unique vertical capillary action which allows moisture to escape. This also allows the ground’s coolness to radiate upwards and keep the stone cool.
We are referring to travertine tile’s ability to remain cool, even in direct sunlight. When travertine is formed, the calcium carbonate deposits lack the naturally occurring metals found in many other building materials. This factor makes travertine stone tiles and pavers terrific for outdoor projects like pool decking or patios.
The co-efficient friction ASTM testing of travertine shows that travertine stone is good for outdoor and indoor areas, in both wet and dry conditions. This factor is especially important for commercial or municipal properties where slippery conditions present a potential for liability if someone is hurt in a fall.
Where to Use Travertine Tile and Pavers for Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
Places that are optimal for travertine tile and paver options are plentiful. Contractors and homeowners often choose to install travertine for any combination of the benefits above.
Indoor Uses for Travertine
Natural stone flooring Is a common indoor use of travertine tiles and pavers, but other applications are available as well with this versatile building material.
Travertine floors in kitchens are beautiful, luxurious and functional. They certainly make a statement, whether polished or honed. With many color variations available, they can suit any taste or décor. Travertine tiles can be used with resin to lessen the porosity for easier maintenance. Honed unfilled tiles allow people to enjoy the full impact of the texture. Tile sizes vary, so builders can choose large format 12 x 24 tiles for bigger areas, or a variety of tile sizes to make up a pattern, such as Versailles or French.
Bathroom Floors and Walls
Contractors who build high-end luxury homes or commercial buildings often use travertine for bathroom floors and walls. With a honed brushed, or brushed tumbled finish, the material is non-slip, which is needed for wet bathroom floors or showers. The texture of travertine tiles really adds a special depth to a custom bathroom design, which is perfect when the goal is to impress.
Today, builders commonly include under-floor heating in the living spaces of new construction. Travertine or any of the natural stones are suitable for this use.
Custom homes and buildings often feature natural stone accent walls. The combination of painted walls, or those tiled in travertine, can be very dramatic. Travertine is available in many neutral colors that contrast nicely with bold colors, or blend with other materials for a subtle look.
Outdoor Uses for Travertine
Contractors use travertine tiles and pavers for many purposes outdoors. When the durable stone tiles are dry-set, they require no sealing because of the capillary action mentioned previously.
Walkways and Pool Surrounds
Travertine makes a statement when used as a pool deck material. The tiles and pavers are also perfect at keeping feet from burning in the summer–a great selling point for families. In addition, we supply pool coping that can be used to create seamless corners at the pool’s edge. Designers and architects combine travertine tiles, pavers and copings with other tiles to create interesting and unique surrounding walls or accent areas.
Durable travertine stone tiles and pavers can be used for patios for a polished look that is unmatched by concrete. Again, another advantage of having travertine tiles is that replacement of a damaged area is easy. The cool nature of the tiles is a plus for outdoor uncovered patios in the summer.
Accent walls are often enjoyed in outdoor living spaces as well as inside a home or commercial property. Courtyards, outdoor kitchen areas, and more will stand out impressively to anyone in the space.
Veneers work well for this type of application because they are lighter. Veneers also consist of various colors, textures and patterns, adding contrast and diversity to a wall. Another use of stone veneer, inside and out, is to accent features, such as columns, fireplaces and backsplashes.
Natural stone travertine is a beautiful and practical choice of building material for many projects. Builders, contractors and homeowners are constantly finding new uses and combinations of travertine, limestone, and other materials, to create unique homes to suit every personality and taste.
Where to Find Travertine Tile and Pavers in Philadelphia and New Jersey
Stoneworks Wholesaling imports fine natural stone travertine, as well as marble and limestone, from quarries in Turkey and Morocco. We choose top quality stone for our discerning customers from the Philadelphia area to the Jersey Shore. Contact us today to learn about our products and our in-house fabrication services, which can make any construction project possible.