Travertine Tiles & Pavers
Travertine is a form of Limestone that has a rich history as a versatile building material. It’s natural warmth and ability to perform in a wide range of locations has seen this stone used around the world in some of the most recognised buildings. Travertine is a stone that can be used internally, externally, and even in water making the design possibilities endless. It’s natural resistance to the elements and ability to refresh the material after years of use means that Travertine is a wise investment for either commercial or residential projects.
What is Travertine?
The name Travertine derives from the original location where this material was widely quarried – it was named as “Stone of Tivoli”, an area not far from Rome . Travertine is a natural stone that develops around specific types of mineral springs. The dissolved calcium in water combines with other minerals which release tiny bubbles and with the effect of geologically significant time coalesce into the dense stone we know as Travertine. The small bubbles create the unique holes that are a characteristic of Travertine stone.
Since the original name Travertine was coined, similar types of material have been found in Peru, Turkey, and other parts of the world which now all sit under the name of Travertine however today architects and designers still seek the Italian Travertine for its superior strength, lower porosity, and more uniform colour.
Benefits of Travertine Tiles & Pavers
Travertine has maintained its popularity since ancient Roman days and remains a versatile building material. It’s extensive use throughout Europe means this material will maintain its timeless appeal and can confidentially viewed as an investment in any building project.
How to Choose the Right Type of Travertine Tile
The type of travertine you should choose depends on the type of project you are planning. Travertine is found in a range of colours and can be processed in different ways and with different finishes. Travertine is used unfilled (so the holes are visible) or filled providing a smooth surface. Externally you may want a saw-cut or textured surface for grip but internally a honed or brushed finish is preferable. Travertine can also be processed differently at the quarry – to achieve a linear pattern, Vein Cut Travertine is the option or for the more classic look cross-cut Travertine is used.
Uses for Italian Travertine Stone
Italian travertine is regarded as the best available, and at RMS Marble, we supply a large variety of tiles in many colours and textures. Bathrooms are where many people install Travertine for its warmth and beauty however Travertine is one of the most versatile finishes that can be used anywhere in the home either internally or externally.
In slab, Travertine can be used for bench-tops, wall cladding, lift foyers and flooring while the tiles are used in residential and commercial floors and walls as well as in and around pools or externally as landscaping.
As a stone formed in water Travertine works well in Bathrooms and provides good texture for slip resistance. Unfilled Travertine on walls give the sense of walking into an ancient cavern, whereas the filled Travertine exudes a sense of luxury and classic design.
Travertine has been used for centuries in Kitchens and is a practical bench-top material as well as an ideal finish to floors.
Travertine has been a standard construction material for paths, driveways, pool surrounds, steps and cladding. Italian Travertine hardens with age providing a resilient surface which looks fantastic. Sculptural pieces in the forms of fountains, bird baths, outdoor tables and statues.
Contact Us or Visit Our Sydney Showroom
Located near Sydney Airport RMS Marble has a large range of Stone tiles, slabs and accessories that you can view in our showroom /warehouse. Bring along your drawings and colour palette so we can help find the perfect stone products for you.