What is Travertine?
Travertine flooring is a very stylish material that is functional and aesthetically attractive while bringing a very appealing, old-world character to any home or business. Travertine pavers are especially attractive around the swimming pool and surrounds with no two tiles looking the same. Travertine will often appear fibrous or concentric and can come in a white, tan or a cream like colour.
Travertine is formed in mineral springs, especially around hot springs, underground rivers and in limestone caves. Travertine is different to limestone(sedimentary) and marble(metamorphic), with the main characteristic of travertine being the holes within the stone created as a result of gases escaping as the travertine is formed. The resulting stone is a smooth and very hard substance further characterized by its porous surface. These pores are the result of gases escaping as the travertine is formed.
By the time it is quarried, travertine is naturally beautiful – a smooth, dense stone that exhibits a notable creamy color that evokes a certain old-world refinement.
Where can you use Travertine?
Travertine tiles are a stunningly stylish and long-lasting building product and can be both functional and aesthetically striking. The durability and attraction of travertine as a natural stone is unmatchable. Travertine is one of the strongest natural stone tiles available and is a beautiful building material for both flooring and walls, whether indoors or outdoors. Travertine is a very popular choice as pavers and swimming pool surrounds. Travertine tiles create a natural look for any area as no two tiles are the same. Travertine tiles ensure a unique and exciting look for your entire home along with being enduring for several generations.
Common Surface Finishes for Travertine
Honed : The surface of the tile is sanded to create a matte finish.
Tumbled: Travertine is tumbled with gravel and bearings, giving it a rough, aged appearance.
Brushed: A wire brush is used to give the surface of the travertine tile a worn, textured surface.
Filled: The pores in the travertine are filled with colored resin or cement to produce a solid surface.
Polished: The travertine is sanded and polished, producing a shiny look
FLOOR DOCTORS TRAVERTINE SERVICES
If you have travertine surfaces that have become dull and not showing their true color, or perhaps you have recently installed your sandstone or your previous sealer is wearing off, Floor Doctors is your best choice to clean your sandstone surfaces effectively and efficiently and protect them against future staining and deterioration.
All porous tiles should be sealed, sealing your tiles helps prevent & reduce staining. Sealing your travertine will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your surfaces against stains.
Polishing is achieved by using very fine grade abrasive diamond discs until a reflective finish is achieved. These final grades reduce scratches which are not even visible to the human eye allowing the natural crystals on the surface to reflect light more effectively. Highly polished floors have much smaller pores to collect soil, dirt and grime, ensuring maintenance is made a lot easier.
MINOR TILE REPAIR
Do you have cracked tiles, chipped tiles, loose tiles or discolored tiles in your walls, floors, stairs or around the swimming pool. Do you have spare tiles left over from installation? Floor Doctors have professional & experienced tilers in our team that can assist you with repairing your indoor & outdoor tiles and replacing the broken/damaged tiles.