Travertine is more about texture than it is about wild coloration. Yet holes, no matter how shallow, do not bode well for home installation, indoors or outdoors. Indoors, holes in travertine flooring quickly fill up with dirt, and in shower/bath installations they become clogged with soap scum, rendering them virtually impossible to clean. You only need to butter the back of the travertine tile with mortar, then push it against the other tiles–no gap necessary.

Honed And Filled Travertine Tile | Duration 1 Minutes 17 Seconds

It’s not as hard a marble (which itself isn’t extremely hard) and it is harder to maintain. Any kind of vertical application will help protect against scratching and impacts. Besides a slightly rougher surface, the tumbled variety will have more rounded and uneven edges, further giving it an antique look. To avoid debris from filling the holes, quickly pull a thin layer of sanded grout across the surface and let dry. Even filled/honed travertine’s fill spots can pick up dirt over time. Exterior travertine does not need to be sealed but can be if so desired.

For exterior sealer, you may need to reapply as often as once per year.

Outdoors, holes in stone can cause the stone to crack, should temperatures drop below freezing. This means that, unlike ceramic tile (except for rectified tile), travertine’s edges are perfect: both perfectly straight and perfectly at 90 degree angles. But for horizontal applications (floors, counters, etc.), it’s your choice of whether you want the holes to fill with dirt or grout. As grout tends to darken over time, it is recommended that you apply dark rather than light grout. It’s just the nature of travertine to be imperfect: love it or leave it. Two coats are required for interior sealer, and it usually lasts 3-5 years, depending on traffic/usage.

How To Pick Travertine For The Bathroom by

One natural stone that’s particularly popular for bathrooms is travertine. If done properly, you will find that travertine is one of the most suitable stones for bathrooms. These two finishes are ideal for bathrooms because they’re able to withstand spills most likely to occur in bathrooms from makeup and other beauty products. This will prevent the travertine from absorbing water (travertine is a porous stone after all) and make it easier to maintain.

The choice of travertine for the bathroom does not end in the floors or walls. Travertine in bathrooms is easy to clean and hardly shows water spots and soap scum – the bane of homeowners everywhere. Is travertine the right stone for your bathroom renovation project?

Is it too late to seal the tiles if they have not been sealed in years? It is necessary to seal the tiles to avoid stains and keep the tile in the best condition as possible. This means that it acts as a barrier between the product and any liquids that are spilt on it. The other option, which the installer is recommending – is sealing the tile first, laying, and then grouting and cleaning. I am considering putting travertine on my bathroom floor and in the shower area and have a friend who knows a tiler. I realise that they need sealing but thought that this would be done after they are laid.

This is particularly true in bathrooms where natural stone can be used for flooring, along with other applications such as wall mosaics, vanity tops, and tub surrounds. Many homeowners are choosing it for its elegant character and its attractive range of color variations, venations, and patterns.

It just depends on what type of finish you choose and if it’s installed correctly. The reason for this is that travertine is known to be a porous type of natural stone, which leads people to believe that it’s impractical for areas where water is almost always present. Tumble-finished travertine on the other hand has an antiqued appearance that enhances the stone’s natural colors.

Take time to find a reputable installer to install travertine in your bathroom, as the key to success of bathroom tiles lies in the installation. Travertine has also been used in bathroom fixtures such as sinks and bath tubs, and you could do your entire bathroom in travertine if so wished. Travertine tile is a great choice for bathrooms not only because of its beauty, but also for its simple maintenance. A squeegee works well enough to remove these stubborn stains. We recently bought a home that has travertine tiles all throughout the bathroom, including the whole shower. The sales rep thought it was ok but the filled surface has me worried. Travertine will work just fine for a shower surround, just be sure to seal the product and continue with the proper upkeep so it stays in good condition.

A problem that can occur going this route, is that if all of the grout isn’t cleaned off before it is sealed, the grout will be sealed right into the stone. This option can take quite a bit longer, but does ensure that no grout gets in between the sealant and the tile. He has told my friend that if i am considering travertine, that i need to seal each tile before they are laid.

Travertine Tile Finishes: Honed Tumbled Polished Chiseled Edge by

The items are packed in such a way that the pieces rub against each other with the grit between them. The color of a polished stone is not as dramatically affected by enhancing sealers which darken most of the other finishes.

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Because it tends to be slicker when wet it is not recommended as a floor covering in wet areas.

The finish can range from a dull matte to a satin or high sheen.

Depending on the finish desired, this process can take 3-5 weeks and three or more steps using different types of grit. Brushed stone is often unfilled and not as common as honed or tumbled stone. Polished stone has a smooth texture and a gloss or semi-gloss finish that can sometimes be reflective. The chiseled edge is intended to give the stone an aged or weathered appearance.

We hope that understanding the terms and what they reflect in the stone help you as you evaluate your options. If you have questions we haven’t addressed, don’t hesitate to ask any of our store associates.

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Travertine comes in white, tan, cream, and even rusty varieties. When these holes are filled and the stone is smoothed, the tile finish is called honed and filled. If a stone is chiseled, the edge of the tile has been chipped away, leaving a rough edge. The edge of the stone can also be beveled, which is typically seen when the tile is honed. If it is splitface, the rock has been split in half, creating a rough texture.

Travertine can be used anywhere in the home, including steam and non-steam showers. Because travertine is formed by mineral springs, the stone natural has holes in it. A brushed finish has been slightly filled (or in some cases has not been filled at all), and the surface of the stone is rough.

We recommend using an impregnating sealer rather than a topical sealer, as this type of sealer lasts longer.

Travertine In Shower? [Archive] by

I didn’t see any threads that specifically answered my question below. I am planning a basement neo-angle shower with stone for the back walls and tempered glass for the walls protruding into the room. Also, would you use travertine on the floor of the bathroom? John will see this soon i am sure, but in the meantime i’ll give you my 2 cents. It can be used in showers ( walls and floors) but be aware of the add’l maintenance for travertine.

You have to maintain it with a neutral cleaner and wipe down the surface after each use.

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I might go with travertino 12×12 tiles for the bathroom floor, travertino slab for the counter and granite for the shower walls if the colours and textures work together. I would appreciate any other ideas or feedback on experience with travertino in the bathroom.

A honed travertine service for the floor wouldn’t be so bad and granite for the countertops would be ideal.

I have ruled out the travertine for the shower walls and the countertops and may also skip it for the floors. Can you tell me more about the type of travertine that you said might not be bad for the floor? We have used enhancing sealers on these stones to bring out the color and depth and protects against spills and stains. Slate is another stone that is pretty durable and doesn’t etch and it looks great sealed with an enhancer. I wouldn’t recommend sandstone for the interior of a shower, even sealed. Seal half the stone with your sealer of choice and then apply various products that you would commonly find in the area you are going to use it. Porcelain tile is perhaps the most durable and easiest to maintain of all the surfaces for a bathroom application. John, this forum and the advice from the pro’s saved me from making several big mistakes in using travertino. The strapping is attached with concrete screws through the insulation into the exterior block wall. Actually, he’s in the left margin of all the main pages of the site.

He suggested travertine and advised that many people were now using this in showers and tubs.

I have read that travertine is a type of marble and also that it is almost like limestone. Your comments and concern regarding travertine in this enironment are right on. It must be sealed thoroughly and often to prevent it from accumulating moisture. Keep in mind that, since it is a natural stone, periodic sealing is still require,; even though it is much less porous than travertine.

I will do the floor of the shower with a different type of tile and would appreciate any suggestions for types of tile that are good for non slippage and reasonable maintenance. On the bathroom floor you will see etches around the toilet bowl from toilet bowl cleaners and other acidic substances. I am extremely happy that the others have talked you out of the travertine shower wall. The shower floor should be a porcelain mosaic, either 1×1 or 2×2, in my opinion. You can find porcelain tiles that look so much like natural stone that, at first glance, they can fool some of the best experts. I really like the look of it and will deal with the extra maintenance.

The vanity counter will be granite slab (same type of granite as shower walls). I located one that looks like travertino right down to a slight uneven edge to give it more of a stone look.

The house is 50 years old and we knocked out the old basement floor.

Sealing Travertine Tile Showers by

Also, can you tell me about the effects of toothpaste on granite or quartz countertops in a bathroom? Should it be done before grouting to prevent the grout from getting darker, too? Also, sealing only helps deter staining, so it doesn’t make much sense to seal an installation that really isn’t exposed to much that will stain stone. Some toothpastes and other bath products can be acidic enough to etch marble and travertine, but granite does not etch (except in rare instances). Seal the travertine so the holes would have been protected before they went up and then let them grout normally? They have put the same set up in another bath but it hasn’t been grouted yet.

And then the installers filled all these holes in the travertine tile surface with grout.

All those rustic-looking holes will only gather dust, dirt, grime and mold if left unfilled. The risk of staining is very low and sometimes complications can arise when sealing natural stone in a wet environment. It is practically non-absorbent to begin with so sealing really doesn’t help or improve the stain-resistance and you don’t need to protect against water absorption. If you are very diligent and completely rinse all hair dye down the drain each time you shower, then you will likely avoid staining.

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Whenever installing travetine tile on a wall or floor you need to wait 2-3 weeks to allow all moisture from the tile and grout to evaporate (from the exposed surface) prior to applying any sealer or enhancer. You clean and maintain all three stones in the same fashion. Tumbled travertine is used in bath and shower applications all the time. You just have to fill all the holes with grout just like you do the grout lines between the stones. And its typical to use wider grout lines with tumbled surfaces and sanded grout holds up better with wider lines.

The floor outside the shower is honed & filled travertine. What about the grout we use in the shower, that doesn’t need sealing either?

If left unfilled, it will accumulate dirt and mildew and will be impossible to keep clean. Sealing in a wet environment is not recommended since it can contribute to trapping water beneath the tiles and decomposition of the stone. Plus all that water is constantly washing everything down the drain. The light has been bad since all electric work hasn’t been done. The middle band of travertine and the band across top and down sides so all the holes have grout color in them.

It may not be what you expected, but filling all the holes in travertine tile with grout is the correct method. The one exception is white marble that can get rust stains due to the embedded iron deposits rusting from water contact. A honed natural stone tile doesn’t have the depth or intensity of color of a polished tile. The color-enhancer also has some sealer properties, but not a full-fledged impregnating sealer. Applying only the enhancer will likely be sufficient for the grout as well, but after applying the enhancer, you could go over the grout with an impregnating sealer if you like.

Use un-sanded grout for small holes, but for large holes and grout lines use sanded grout, which looks better with the more rustic tumbled surface. His solution was to tile another floor on top of the first floor (he’s already done it without telling me first). A shower get so much use and with all that water you really want the floor especially to be perfect. Or you could let the tiles dry inside for 2-3 weeks, apply the enhancer to the loose tiles, install tiles, grout.

Do Filled Travertine Tiles Need To Be Sealed? by

Sealing any natural floor and its grout is a good idea and is not difficult or expensive. Back splash – do we seal before travertine tile is put on the wall?

If the travertine you own is polished the sealer will probably not penetrate through it, the grout however is another story. Unpolished or “natural” travertine usually will require sealing especially if it has direct contact with an exterior door. I don, t know what the guy before me is talking about, when he said sealing is inexpensive, sealer is over priced. I believe that people have a misconception about sealer, which is that just because they have a sealer on their floors, their floors are protected against stains and having to clean it as often. I dislike sealer, if your doingn the sealer for the stain free purpose, why not acid wash from time to time, it comes out looking far better than a sealed floor.

Look for a tile sealer in the hardware section, this will also waterproof the grout.

Travertine Tile Finishes: Honed Tumbled Polished Brushed by

Tumbled stone is typically unfilled when purchased and can be left that way after installation or filled with grout by the installer during the grouting phase. The color of a polished stone is not as dramatically affected by enhancing sealers which darken most of other finishes. Because it tends to be slicker when wet it is not recommended as a floor covering in wet areas.

It is important to note that tumbled travertine should be sealed before and after grouting. Brushed stone is often unfilled and not as common as honed or tumbled stone. Polished stone has a smooth texture and a gloss or semi-gloss finish that can some times be reflective.

Classic Travertine by

These tiles offer a creamy beige to dark beige varying background with movement created by darker grains that give a neutral tone for any room. The installation on walls depends on the strength of the wall and if builder can install using backer boards.

Some customers are choosing tile size 406×610 and are creating brick pattern. We had customers using these tiles in shower enclosure and no complains.

Simply use these tiles and give your kitchen, bathroom or your living room a new fresh look. These tiles are cheaper than the other honed & filled tiles as they have more variation compared to the specially selected light travertine or classic medium travertine. Light beige but the majority of them were actually more like the noce colour.

Pros Cons Of Travertine Tile by

Some of the pros are its ageless appearance, its resistance to extremes in temperature, and its non-skid qualities. The natural stone appearance is timeless and attractive than manufactured materials such as concrete. It resists cracking and other physical changes with changes in climate, such as extremely freezing temperatures. Its resistance to hot and cold water damage also makes travertine suitable for shower walls and floors. The natural pits and holes in this textured, porous surface are not slick and slippery in its unfilled and unpolished state. Because of this, travertine may not be suitable for kitchen countertops where it may be exposed to acidic foods on a regular basis.

If it is used in the kitchen, a filled travertine tile is preferable to an unfilled surface. Care must be taken in arranging the tiles to ensure the desired result.

Some of the cons to using travertine are its high reactivity to weak acids, which would counter indicate kitchen use, and its natural imperfections, which would affect the uniformity of color and pattern. It already looks old and weathered, so it gives a distinctive look to new buildings, and its appearance will not deteriorate for centuries. The travertine walls and flooring have been known to outlast the building itself. Travertine stays cool even in direct sunlight, which makes it suitable for swimming pools and outdoor furniture such as park benches. This quality would give excellent insulation to buildings for which it is used as walls and floors. A good sealer will protect it to a certain extent, but if it is not sealed adequately or often enough, or the sealer is scratched or worn off, regular kitchen use will ruin the travertine surface. In the instance of an unfilled surface food will become entrapped in the pitted holes and other natural stone imperfections making it impossible to have a sanitary surface needed for food preparation. The colors and patterns in the appearance may not be uniform. A premium grade of travertine tile will have more uniformity and less imperfection than a lower quality travertine.

Travertine Tile Frequently Asked Questions by

Marble, on the other hand, is about 100 million years old and is perfect for the same applications as travertine.

Unfilled stone does not have the polyester fill by the factory and it usually looks more rustic. It actually makes the grout lines disappear more because the grout color is being mixed within the stone. It gives the stone a very old world look but it can be a bit slippery when wet. Gothicstone prefers the unfilled stone because we can always fill it with the grout we will use to set the stone which will not typically introduce another color in the stone.

For outdoor purposes, if the stone is installed on a cement slab, ie: pavers, the stone should be sealed because the stone cannot breathe like it does in a dry-set installation. It will take a few minutes to wipe on the sealer (no need to be careful as to what motion since the sealer penetrates into the stone and you don’t see it). Well, we have not been installing 12×12 inch size tile, on a floor, for the past 5 years. We recommend at least 16×16 inch size tiles for any floor application. Large tiles make the room look larger, smaller tiles make the room look smaller (more grid effect).

Travertine is durable for any application both commercially and residential – it is about 50 million years old.

Since marble is older, it typically will be “veinier” and less “wild” than the travertines. Filled stone is when the factory actually fills the stone with a polyester “fill” and closes any large holes in the stone. Gothicstone prefers the unfilled stone because we can always fill it with the grout we will use to set the stone which will not typically introduce another color in the stone. What are the different finishes for the travertine and marble? Typically, we finish stone in honed, polished, patinato (antiqued) finishes. Polished is not typically what we prefer because it requires much upkeep in actually polishing the stone. Patinato is actually finished with acid washing then brushing the stone with metal brushes and the appearance is bumpier and it adds a slight patina on the surface of the stone. It actually makes the grout lines disappear more because the grout color is being mixed within the stone. The only reason that any stone needs to be sealed is to keep it from staining indoors. When installed on cement, the sealer actually keeps the water from getting into the stone and freezing therefore cracking the stone.

Gothicstone recommends any good impregnating sealer product that can be purchased from a tile/stone supplier or showroom. Sealing the stone with an impregnating sealer requires just a sponge wipe application. If you have an installation of less than 1/8″ grout line, you must use a non-sanded grout. Travertine tiles should be installed using a high quality white thin set.

We, as well as the rest of the stone industry, recommend large format tiles and pavers. The last thing you want to do is date your installation by using “old” style tiles.

Granite Vs. Travertine For Showers: Will It Leak? by

Preventing leaks in your shower depends on proper installation of both the walls and the tiles. Travertine is less expensive than granite, and can last for years, but vinegar or citrus-based cleaning solutions can wear down the stone. It is primarily composed of quartz and feldspar and is resistant to most acids. Natural stone tiles actually retain water, but the amount a type of stone absorbs depends on its density.

This makes granite tiled showers easier to maintain and clean, but you must seal both types of stone regularly to prevent the stone from absorbing water and developing leaks, as well as mold and mildew. If you used standard interior drywall as a substrate for your tile, moisture will absorb quickly into the material as the tiles will absorb some water. The key to preventing leaks in both travertine and granite tiled showers is to install a waterproof substrate for the tile to adhere to. While professional installation is more expensive than doing it yourself, you may save money in the long term by preventing leaks and damage to the subfloor.

This means you can choose your shower tile based on your style preferences and budget instead of the stone’s moisture resistance. Travertine is a type of limestone, and while it is not waterproof, it is a durable stone often used in kitchens and bathrooms. It is commonly used in showers, as well as floors, countertops and sinks. Granite is a much denser stone than travertine, which means it is less susceptible to water absorption. Eventually the moisture will move into the framing studs and mold, mildew and rot may develop and damage the entire wall structure.

The installation surface for travertine and granite is typically cement board, also called backerboard. As long as your granite or travertine tile and the cement board are installed properly, leakage shouldn’t be a problem with either type of stone.

To ensure proper installation, it’s usually best to hire a professional.

Travertine Shower Sealing Maintainance. -[Archive] by

If you haven’t seen your tile enhanced, how do you know you want to enhance it? Wetting it is exactly what prompted me to want to go the enhancer route. Zero odor, easy to apply and wipe off and the sealing properties are tremendous. As far as maintenance goes, using a squeegee will do more for you than any sealer. I sealed my granite vanities with it some years ago and have had no issues. I think for this application, a sealer/enhancer combo would work best.

They all may give off fumes when you apply them but that’s because they are a chemical base and do a better job of repelling water and oil stains. They all leave something to be desired, and the technology constantly improves. Which gets us back to the original question: what to use on a filled trav?

Determine that 1st before letting it touch your shower and you will be fine with whatever enhancer you use. You can get plain sealer on the glass should you choose to seal the grout. A contrasting grout in all the small pits and veins can really change the look. I applied one coat to 2/3s of each sample, and a second over 1/2 of the first. The enhancement is moderate, and it seems to add a nice sheen to the surface.

I want to use an enhancing sealer on the travertine, and hopefully keep it off the floor grout(to prevent blotchyness). It did a pretty good job of preventing any grout stains during grouting. This product worked for me so it may be something you want to check out for your project. Some of the fillers used are extremely porous, and react differently color-wise to enhancer than they do to water. Maybe you can take some of your material to the place you will buy the sealer and ask them if they can show you what enhancer will do. Edit: and for all practical purposes enhancer is a 100% commitment from the second sponge hits stone.

It’s a bit more expensive but in the long run will save you time, money and headaches. Standing water is the enemy, treat the stone like you would your glass. It also has better sealing properties than most impregnators out there. And some chemicals can’t be smelled unless odor has been purposefully added, which may be the case with some products. It seems like this process can make or break an install, just as easily as anything else. Another question, do these products typically leave any residue on glass tile? It has to be applied evenly and buffed evenly for good results. Went on easy with a small paint pad, and was simple to buff off after 15 minutes or so.


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