Where does travertine gets its unique look from?
Travertine is a type of limestone and is formed in hot natural springs. This sedimentary rock often contains shells of marine organisms which appear on the surface of travertine tiles in the form of fossils. This formation gives natural stone travertine tiles an extremely distinctive appearance and texture.
The difference between honed and filled, tumbled and chipped edge
During your search for travertine tiles
it is likely you have read or heard the terms honed and filled, tumbled and chipped edge. These terms describe the process which travertine stone goes through in creating a specific finish.
Honed and filled: Travertine is porous when it is removed from the quarry and contains holes across its surface. The process of honing and filling will smoothen out the naturally rough texture of travertine to create a flat, even surface as well as straight corners and edges. A honed surface is not sleek and shiny like polished tiles and therefore provides a high level of slip resistance in areas of flooring.
Tumbled: Tumbling produces a travertine tile
with a soft surface, missing edges and indentations. This is perfect for rustic designs and is particularly popular for outdoor areas.
Chipped Edge: A chipped edge is often created on honed and filled and tumbled travertine tiles to produce a rugged finish.
Travertine is available in a variety of colours and styles
It is likely you have seen travertine in its most recognised colours of cream and beige. Cream falls into the category of light travertine floor tiles
along with ivory whereas beige and silver are considered to be medium travertine tiles. Dark travertine wall tiles
are often described as noce and walnut. These colours can be found in not only standard travertine wall and floor tiles but also mosaic varieties.
Travertine can be used in outdoor areas
You may have seen how travertine has transformed bathroom and kitchen areas but have you ever considered using it as an exterior patio or pool surround? Travertine looks spectacular in an outdoor environment and is highly resilient against the affects of weathering.