Beautiful and timeless. The color and design of each individual tile is unique – as designed by nature.
FAQ’S about Stone
Sweep floors clean from dirt and dust. Use a few drops of dish washing liquid and warm water with either a cloth, sponge, or mop. Clean as needed. Rinse floors and dry with a clean cloth. Do not use any abrasive cleaning solvent including Ajax, Comet, or anything with an acidic base including lemon, orange and vinegar. Apply a sealer, especially to counter tops, every year to prevent deep stains. On a new installation, apply sealer the first week after the grout is installed. We do not recommend sealing exterior travertine. We recommend a professional prepare and we apply the sealer the first time. After that, maintenance can be done by end users with few problems.
- Honed – Honed tile is simply a tile with a matte finish. Most travertine has a honed finish. It is possible to get a near polish with the use of sealers, but that would be up to the installer – not the factory. Traditionally travertine doesn’t polish as well as marble which can obtain a glassy look.
- Tumbled – This stone is tumbled with sand, pebbles or steel bearings to create a weathered, aged finish.
- Filled – Natural travertine comes with pores or small holes where gases were once trapped. These holes are usually filled in with cement in order to create a uniform surface.
- Unfilled – The natural finish of the stone is unfilled, leaving pores and holes exposed. These pores are often filled in with grout during the installation process.
- First, the size of the stones will usually go up as the tile size get larger. Installation prices of larger tiles increase as the size increases.
- The quality of the stone. The “Cleaner” less color variation of the stones often is more expensive. Very “Splotchy” or dark to light tiles in the same crate / container will often reduce the price.
- Multiple sized tiles laid together. The materials an labor both increase, as does the waste factor. Honing on site of a travertine floor is possible, but at a substantial cost, not included in the normal installation and grouting price.
Sealing of Stone / Grout
How much waste should I plan on for installation estimating?
Up to 12″ tiles: 4-5%
16″ TO 20″ tiles: 6-7%
DIAGONAL INSTALLATION: ADD 5% WASTE TO ABOVE ESTIMATES.
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