How is it made?
Travertine must first be taken from quarries, which are basically manufacturing facilities that cull and process the stone from mountainous regions all over the world. Most of the tile that we offer is selected based on color, quality, and other factors. Our premium grade materials are hand selected for quality consistency.
There are four main precise methods of cutting the stone. Some of the technology is equipment based machinery such as water-jet or wire saws, for the smaller cuts. A channeling machine for making larger cuts from the source itself. A chain saw can be used on the softer stone or cull stone from hard to reach areas.
From that point the materials are cut or “sliced” into the smaller pieces through a series of mechanically driven, precision blades, to achieve the sizes you use on your floors today.
Tile is cut in 3 ways to achieve different texture and appearance:
Fleuri Cut-To cut quarried marble or stone parallel to the natural bedding plane. The effect is a mottled or cloudlike appearance
Vein cut a cut into quarried stone perpendicular to the natural bedding plane.
Cross-Cut (same as Fleuri Cut)
Once the final cutting for specified sizing is done the materials will go through a “finishing process” (described in more detail further down on this page)
After which, the tile/paver is put in cubed shaped wooden crates (typically 4x4x4). The tiles are vertically placed, packed and strapped, shrink wrapped and secured into the crate for dimensional stability to prevent breakage while shipping. They are then sent via ocean freighter directly to our Travertine Locator facilities, Tampa Fl, USA, where they are checked and evaluated for quality a third time upon receipt and once more before they are sent directly to you
What is travertine tile and travertine paver?
What is travertine tile, travertine paver? Well it’s simple. Travertine tile and travertine paver is an all natural building materials taken from the earth, created out of sedimentary stone and falls within the limestone family. Travertine is a solid material with unique porous veins that give a texture to create it’s own organic appeal and beauty. Travertine and marble tiles as with other natural stone are cut from huge blocks after being quarried from a mountain range, and then precisely sized.
Travertine is an excellent indoor flooring material that can be used on sinks, countertops, even bathtubs and tub-surrounds, but is also suitable for outdoors and is made into pavers, used as stair treads, columns wall cladding walkways driveways and much more. Travertine stone is quarried from a range of natural colors, and milled in four alternate finishes. : (honed, filled, polished, tumbled, chiseled.)
Standard tile sizes are 12 x12, 16×16, 18×18 and “French” or “Ashlar” patterns which are: pre-determined cut sizes in specific set patterns. But also come in smaller to larger sizes from 1×1 to 24 x24 and other rectangular sizes such as 12×24.Travertine has become less expensive then marble and therefore is used in many of the same areas once previously dominated by marble..