Travertine has been used to create some of the world’s most beautiful buildings for centuries, including the Colosseum in Rome. Today, Travertine is one of the most versatile, luxurious and resilient stone products used for making tiles, pavers and flooring.
Travertine is a form of limestone that usually occurs around thermal hot springs. Although the most famous Travertine comes from Italy, other countries also produce excellent quality Travertine, particularly Turkey and Iran.
Travertine naturally occurs in a range of colours, from lustrous golds to deep reds. Characterised by pitted holes, the Travertine texture also offers a unique look. These holes are sometimes filled in if necessary or left as they are naturally found. Travertine comes in two finishes: the polished finish is shinier and reflects light, making it a perfect addition to walls or other feature areas in the home or office, while the matt ‘honed’ finish is perfect for pavers and flooring.
Travertine pavers are particularly useful in outdoor BBQ and pool areas. Because they come in a wide range of colours, it’s easy to choose the perfect pavers for your environment. The pavers can also be treated with Megasealed’s Megagrip Heavy Duty, specially designed for outdoor areas, to create a non-slip area.
Travertine tiles can be used in all kinds of areas within the home. Because of their natural beauty, they make wonderful feature wall areas, give a truly luxurious look to bathrooms, and bring a kitchen to life. Looking after your travertine tiles is also made easier by applying Megasealed. This two-part Epoxy sealant will ensure that chemicals, oils and other dirt and debris do not damage your stone and make cleaning easier.
Travertine tiles generally come in three different grades: premium, or first grade, which is cut to a uniform size with little filler; standard, or second grade, which is mainly cut to a uniform size and has a bit more fill; and commercial, or third grade, which is generally not cut to a uniform size and has quite a bit more filler. The degree to choose depends on where you would like to use the travertine. For example, you could use premium grade travertine indoors or commercial grade travertine for garden feature areas.
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