Travertine Tiles and Pavers, everything you need to know.

Travertine tiles pavers  are becoming more and more popular. So why is this and what is travertine? The answer is simple, Travertine is a diverse natural stone that comes in countless colours and textures at the same time as being extremely dense and durable, hence is popularity. The Travertine pavers and tiles market in Australia is growing rapidly as domestic and commercial builders are choosing to use it more and more!

As mentioned earlier, it is an extremely diverse stone because of the colours and textures it harvests. The mainline tile colors include a cream known as Tuscan, a brown known as Noce and silver, within each of these colours you will notice each colour has certain characteristics and traits within its natural conception. (You can visit RMS for information).

In regards to the numerous textures to choose from the most common are honed and filled, Honed and unfilled, Tumbled, Brushed and polished, each texture has its preferred use, refer to table below:

         Travertine Texture                                            Preferred Use

Honed and filled

honed and filled travertine

The honed and filled tile is a versatile finish as it is used for indoors and outdoors. Although this stone is mostly used inside it has been used for numerous pools and outdoor surrounds.

 Honed and unfilled

honed and unfilled travertine pavers

The honed and unfilled travertine is known for its exotic textured surface that provides extra grip. This finish was a popular choice a few years ago for all uses, but as the price for this material went up the demand went down.

 Tumbled 

tumbled travertine

 By far the most popular and versatile textured travertine on the market. This stone has the ability to cater all internal and external needs.

 Brushed 

brushed travertine

 A very similar finish to the tumbled, however this finish is most commonly used for undercover areas.

 Polished 

polished travertine

 The preferred use for polished travertine in indoors. This stone has a high gloss finish which means it would not be suitable for external uses.

Once you’ve decided on the colour and textured finish of your travertine the next important thing to consider is a sealer. Sealing natural stone is imperative, it not only protects the stone it also allows easier maintenance and cleaning. When it comes to sealers there are some fundamentals to stick by, firstly always ask the supplier what they recommend and secondly find out whether you want a sealer to alter the appearance of the stone or leave it naturally looking. Generally speaking, if you choose a sealer that alters the appearance, it becomes more of a maintenance issue as you need to reapply the sealer every 12-18months to keep up that look. The latter is a better option as it does not require constant attention.

Using travertine pavers or tiles around pools

travertine paversWhen it comes to using natural stone around pools people are very mislead by what they hear and read on the internet. The two main concerns people have with natural stone around a pool is the durability of the stone and the amount of grip the stone has. When it comes to using Travertine Tiles or Pavers around a pool, there is no concern. The stone is very dense and grips fine ( as long as you don’t use a polished textured ) allowing it be not only aesthetically looking but also allows consumers not to worry about accidents.

It doesn’t matter what type of pool you have you can still use travertine. Travertine comes in a wide range of pool coping to suit all different needs. Generally speaking , a fibre glass pool will normally use a rebated edge coping tile, while a concrete pool won’t. It doesn’t matter which coping tile you use as all our pool coping come 30mm thick allowing it to be heavy-duty and overhang in the pool.

View our range of travertine tiles and pavers also our pricing guide “Here“.