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Everything You Need to Know – Travertine

8 Jul 2024

Everything You Need to Know – Travertine

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What is Travertine?

Travertine is a type of natural stone formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate, often in hot springs or Limestone caves. It is a sedimentary rock with a distinctive, porous surface that is characterised by its warm, earthy colours, ranging from cream and beige to rich browns and golds. The stone’s unique veining and patterns are formed by the natural crystallisation process, making each piece unique. At Stone Centre, we offer an array of Travertine, mostly in tiles or pavers format. Let’s first know the difference between both of them.

Travertine Pavers vs. Travertine Tiles

Travertine Pavers:

  • Thickness: In most cases, it is thicker and more industrial than tiles; therefore, it is more suitable for use in outdoor landscaping.
  • Durability: Pavers are specifically designed in such a way that they can handle a huge amount of traffic as well as harsh climatic conditions.
  • Application: This is usually used for outdoor areas such as patios, pathways, driveways and pool decks.
  • Installation: Depending on the area, pavers are usually installed on sand or gravel bases.

Travertine Tiles:

  • Thickness: Tare generally thicker in comparison to the actual pavers.
  • Finish: They may also be available in polished, honed, tumbled and brushed finishes.
  • Application: Ideally recommended for use indoors in residential areas, such as on floors, walls, countertops and backsplashes.
  • Installation: Generally, it is fixed with adhesive and grout to guarantee desirable contact for the indoor application.

What Types of Travertine Do We Have at Stone Centre?

Silver Travertine

Silver Travertine is sleek and contemporary for a traditional touch when used in the facility’s patios and courtyards. It has a natural colour that blends well with the environment and the associated overstructures of the green kind. Silver Travertine allows you to combine modern and country styles in architecture and enhance the overall look of the outside territory.

Silver Travertine has different sizes and finishes that can be used for pool decks for that serenity and royally luxurious look. The stones have an attractive natural colour and offer sheer contrast with the blue water, providing the orderliness of a relaxed atmosphere. It is available in two patterns:

  • You can also go with Silver Travertine crazy paving if you are looking for something eye-catching and unique with its stunning hues of light and dark shades of silver with subtle specks.
  • The Silver Travertine French pattern adds character and warmth to your living space, featuring light and medium tones and interlocking patterns.

Classic Travertine

Classic Travertine is an exquisite stone used to elevate the living space by adding beauty and appeal in a warm beige colour. It is perfect for the reception area or any part of the home that gets a lot of traffic. It has a glossy finish, which gives it that new look all the time without fading. Our Classic Travertine comes in tiles and pavers that are most suitable for application as flooring for homes, kitchens, and commercial buildings, as well as walls, patios, pathways and pool sides since they are slip-resistant.

The stone is packed in polished, honed, tumbled and brushed styles for our clients with different preferences ranging from the traditional style to the modern style. Its elegant veins and patterns change the look of a place, giving a sleek finish that has a slight sheen to it, and it can be used in open areas of the house, such as the living room.

We also offer Classic Light Travertine Crazy Paver: the epitome of elegance for your backyard. It is also known as flagstone paving and is used for paths, patios, and other pavement joinery services. Each of the stones has a different colour composition that starts from light ivory and goes up to the earth palette.

Classic Travertine French Pattern is easily noticeable for adding a classy look and feel to a building project or design. This structure deviates from the usual structure, giving it a stylish look with the stones in six different sizes.

Classic Light Travertine

Classic Light Travertine is an excellent choice for those looking to create a lively and inviting atmosphere in their space. The timeless beige hue and rustic texture will add sophistication and a luxurious feel to any room. Classic Light Travertine makes a perfect addition to a modern interior, or it can also serve as an eye-catching centrepiece.

What is Travertine Used For?

Travertine is a versatile stone used in various applications both indoors and outdoors:


We can mostly see Travertine being used as a flooring option for outdoor spaces such as patios, courtyards, alfresco and more. It is because they are highly durable in nature, making them perfect for spaces that can have a high footfall during gatherings. Many homeowners also choose Travertine stone for flooring in different house spaces, such as living areas, kitchens, bathrooms and corridors. It is hard-wearing and has a natural finish that is suitable for many sophisticated areas. In living rooms, it creates a calming ambience and provides a refined look, fitting various interior design schemes with its shades, including beige, cream and gold.  Its smooth non-slip surface also feels comfortable barefoot, especially in hot climates. Moreover, a textured surface makes it safe to use in slippery areas, such as the bathroom or around the poolside.

Wall Cladding

Travertine is used frequently for cladding walls both inside and out. The timeless, sophisticated appearance is second to none. For interior walls, it could offer beautiful deco walls for the living, dining or bedroom to give a three-dimensional and elegant look. In exteriors, Travertine cladding also beautifies the structures by giving them a glamorous and exclusive design, thus raising the value of properties. The material is promised for its ability to withstand different climates, which is convenient if we are using Travertine wall cladding outdoors. It also helps establish a unique appearance as compared to other houses.

Outdoor Paving

Travertine pavers are perfect for use externally, especially on patios, pathways, pool areas and driveways, as they are slip and heat-resistant. In patios, they fashion aesthetically and practically usable unique environments that can be used for dining, among other functions. Travertine sidewalks are secure to walk on and provide a beautiful, designed path that complements the greens well. By pool decks, for instance, Travertine maintains a cold touch and ensures bare feet do not burn when walking on it, thus being safer than other surfaces as it has a rough texture. In driveway applications, the material is sufficiently dense to bear the weight of vehicles.


Travertine is widely used indoors in modern homes in the washrooms, including shower areas and flooring due to its rough surface, it is ideal for areas that are slippery, such as the bathroom, to help enhance safety by preventing slip and fall incidents. In showers, Travertine creates a rough surface for added security, without which its naturally elegant look cannot be denied. The addition of the Travertine around bathtubs makes the area more luxurious and has a spa-like feel. Travertine vanities are long-lasting and sleek; the appeal cannot be denied when it comes to the appearance of the product. The available tones and shapes make the stone equally suitable for integration into nearly any bathroom design, thereby boosting the atmosphere and providing a peaceful setting.


Travertine applied as surrounds for fireplaces provides a warm and expensive look to the whole area. In maintaining its properties, the heat resistance of the stone allows it to be used in conditions where high temperatures do not harm the stone. The stone used, Travertine, is unique in that every piece of stone used has its patterns and veins, giving it a more elegant look to the fireplace. Travertine is usually warm and can be polished to give it a natural polished stone look. Thus, the fireplace contributes to the interior design of the house by being a warm spot in the room.

Travertine is widely used in various fields thanks to its versatility and elegant, classic appearance. It is typically utilised both inside and outside as a floor covering, wall decoration, paving, bathroom fitting and fireplace, all of which boast several practical advantages while also providing added value and class to any surface.

What are the Benefits of Travertine?

Aesthetic Appeal

Travertine has a natural flow in the stone that makes it very visually appealing and gives any area a very classy appearance. This range of colours and the background that it possesses can thus increase the beauty of traditional or even modern interiors.


Travertine is very resistant and can endure high traffic; therefore, it is suitable for home and business applications. Its robust nature ensures it maintains its structural integrity and appearance over many years.

Slip Resistance

The textured surface of Travertine provides good slip resistance, making it a safe option for areas like bathrooms and poolsides. This feature enhances safety without compromising on aesthetic appeal.

Ageing Gracefully

Travertine develops a patina over time, which enhances its character and beauty. This natural ageing process adds a unique charm, making the stone even more attractive as it matures.

Natural Insulation

Travertine helps maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, keeping spaces cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. As a result of its natural insulating properties, it contributes to a more energy-efficient and comfortable living environment.

Why Is Travertine Good for Flooring?

Timeless Beauty

Travertine’s grainy texture and warm hues give any surface on which it is applied the extra glint of class. Each tile or paver of this natural stone differs from the other in terms of the veining and hue that goes from subtle soft beige and cream to deeper golds and greys. Since it does come in different forms, it enables homeowners and designers to come up with the desired interior design, which improves the look of any location. Travertine is also not a style that becomes outdated. Hence, it is preferred by many people who want an elegant and timeless look. Precisely on trend and also in traditional themes, Travertine always looks very natural, which goes well with the overall look of the decor.


This natural stone boasts remarkable heat resistance, staying cool even during summer. Its ability to maintain a pleasant temperature underfoot makes Travertine flooring ideal for homes in warm regions. The elegance of Travertine can also be enhanced by underfloor heating systems in colder climates, providing both comfort and warmth.

Versatility in Design

Travertine is used in several types of finishing, such as polished, honed, tumbled, and brushed, making it suitable for use in most architectural designs, both in traditional and contemporary styles. The gloss surface is shiny in appearance and is well suited to modern homes and offices. On the other hand, the honed finish is smooth but non-glossy and best suitable for traditional homes. Tumbled and brushed finishes are more suitable for giving that old look. This implies that Travertine can fit well in the various architectural designs ranging from classy city homes to comfortable rural homes, depending on the preferred style of the building.

Ease of Maintenance

However, if the flooring has properly been sealed, then the Travertine flooring is not very hard to maintain and can easily be cleaned. This process also assists in preventing the penetration of dampness and stains into the surface of the stone through the pores of the stone. Cleaning by sweeping and mopping the floor with a mild detergent provides a clean floor at all times. Although it is necessary to exclude highly acidic solutions that would deepen the pores of the stone, the upkeep of Travertine is quite simple. The professional recommends reapplication of the sealant because it is essential to have the floor protected for a long time, thus making it easy to maintain and beautiful.

Added Value

Travertine, being one of the most popular paving stones in Australia, adds resale value to any property in which it is installed. It is because they give any space a more luxurious look, and they tend to last longer. Due to its class and style, prospective homeowners prefer to buy homes with this material. This aspect guarantees the buyers that they are using quality material that is also long-lasting, hence meeting their expectations. For this reason, real estate, houses, hotels, and establishments that use travertine flooring are considered to stand out in the market, which can mean faster sales and better prices.

Factors to Consider about Travertine

Porosity and Absorption

Travertine is one of the types of Limestone. It has a porous surface, which means that it has small pores and channels that can absorb liquid and stain if not well polished. This porosity makes the stone vulnerable to spills and things like wine or any kind of fruit juice, which is likely to etch the surface of the stone. For the longer life of the furniture and to avoid staining or damaging it, one should ensure they apply the best sealant. The sealant can penetrate the surface porosities and establish a surface coat, hence making the surface easy to clip and clean.


Travertine is relatively hard and can easily bear heavy traffic; thus, it is used in the flooring of homes, specifically in the kitchen, hallways and even outdoors. However, it is softer than Granite and therefore, it can scratch or chip more easily than hard Granite stone.

Temperature Sensitivity

Travertine is relatively porous because it contains calcium carbonate; therefore, it can heat up rather quickly under the sun. This can be disturbing if one is walking bare-footed, particularly in areas such as the patio and the pool deck. To overcome this, install outdoor rugs or mats in the regions with more foot traffic or think about shading amenities such as umbrellas or low architectures like pergolas to decrease the heat obtained by the stone.

Aesthetic Consistency

Travertine is a natural stone; therefore, each of the tiles will display different shades of colour, distribution of the veins and graininess. These variations enhance its beauty and attraction, but in terms of design, careful choice and installation must be made to create proper cohesiveness. The choice of tiles should be communicated to the supplier and arranged in such a cut that the patterns of the stone are as optimal as possible.


Travertine is relatively costly when compared to manufactured stone flooring types as ceramic floor tiles or vinyl floors. Travertine can be a great asset to any home and can increase the value and aesthetic appeal of homes. However, one must ensure that the installation of the Travertine is within the budget set for the house and also one must be ready to maintain the stone in the long run.

Travertine Maintenance Tips


Seal your Travertine flooring every one to two years to protect it from stains and moisture. Choose a penetrating sealer for the best results.


You can use a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for natural stone. Avoid acidic or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the surface.

Daily Care

Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dirt and debris that can scratch the surface. You can use a microfiber mop for gentle cleaning.

Spill Management

Wipe up spills immediately to prevent staining. For tougher stains, use a poultice paste designed for natural stone or cleaners according to the specific requirements of the stone.


Place mats or rugs in high-traffic areas and under heavy furniture to protect the stone. Use felt pads on furniture legs to prevent scratches.


Occasionally, you may want to polish the Travertine to restore its shine. Use a stone-specific polish and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step-by-Step Process of Travertine Installation


Calculate the area and establish how many trays of Travertine are required. Sweep the subfloor well to eliminate dust and other debris from the surface on which you’ll be applying the finished material.

Layout Planning

It is recommended to have your general layout sketched out before beginning a block of code. Place the tiles in the planned position to determine how they are arranged and how the shades are going to show so that one does not cover the other.

Surface Preparation

Make sure that the subfloor is level. In case there is a need, spread a good underlayment because it gives the tiles a good base on which to fit.

Applying Adhesive

Trowel a thin-set mortar having a notched trowel over a small area of the floor and spread. Work on the sections in small portions to avoid drying up the adhesive.

Laying Tiles

Lay the Travertine tiles on the adhesive, then apply pressure on the tiles. Always use the tile spacers to ensure that the gaps between the tiles correspond to the thickness of the grout lines.

Cutting Tiles

Try to walk on tiles after they are sufficiently dry. In the event of cutting tiles, use a wet saw bearing a diamond blade. Either cover yourself with protective clothes or wear a protective helmet with goggles and gloves.

Setting Tiles

Give the tiles time to set and cure for about a day or up to 24 hours. Still, do not walk on the newly laid tiles during this period.


Blend and apply grout using a rubber float, which should be pressed into the joints. Leaving a thick layer of grout can lead to some areas not being cleanly cut, so you can use a damp sponge to carefully wipe off the excess grout.


After the grout has been set, the next step is sealing the surfaces and the grout with a penetrating sealer.

Final Touches

Buff the tiles to a high shine if desired, and do the last wash to remove all residue.

What is the Average Cost of Travertine?

The average Travertine cost, be it for pavers or tiles, is measured in mm, that is, meter squared. It varies depending on the following aspects:

  • Colour
  • Thickness of the pavers or tiles
  • Grade, i.e. is it Premium, Commercial or Standard

Additional supplies like grout and adhesive are not included in the price per m2.

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