What is travertine?

Travertine is a beautiful natural stone just like marble or granite and usually, comes in the form of tiles to decorate interior and exterior of houses. It is available in many different colors including white, brown, tan, cream and red. This beautiful stone is extracted from hot springs and limestone caves in Turkey. The stone can be easily identified by holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.


What is travertine made of?

Travertine is a natural stone which is extracted from limestone caves and hot springs in Turkey. It is made up of natural stone and comes with holes in it due to the carbon dioxide evasion when it is formed. It is extracted from special tavertine quarries.


What are travertine tile colors?

Travertine tiles are available in the market in white, ivory, brown, cream, tan, and red colors. In addition to tiles, travertine pavers and travertine backsplashes can also be availed in these colors.



What is travertine price?

Travertine price varies from area to area depending on the Geographical location, Travertine availability and Contractor charges. However, the average price of travertine tiles is $2.5-$5 per square foot in the United States. While the average cost of travertine pavers is $2-$3 per square foot.

How thick is a travertine tile?

A standard travertine tile is 0.5 inches thick.


How thick is a travertine paver?

A standard travertine paver is 1.25 inches thick.


How to make travertine tile shine?

Travertine tiles can be made shiny by using specific cleaners available in the market. However, you should first consult with the installer before using it.

What is the difference between Travertine Tiles and Travertine Pavers?

Travertine tiles are less thick (around 0.5”), have fine quality stone with a good finish and used for decorating indoor areas such as floors and walls. On the other hand, travertine pavers are 1.25” inch thick, rough as compared to the tiles and used for decorating outdoor areas like driveways, pool decks, patio areas and walk ways.


What finish is applied to the travertine products?

Travertine products usually have the following finishes: Tumbled, Honed, Brushed, Filled, Filled & Honed, Chiseled and Bush Hammered. Chiseled Travertine refers to the edges while on the other hand, all the other finishes refer to the actual surface.


What is a Travertine bullnose?

Travertine bullnose (also known as travertine pool copings) is a term used for travertine stone slab which is rounded from one side. Some stone slabs may be rounded from both sides. Travertine bullnose is used to decorate pool edges mostly.


What is travertine split face?

Travertine Split Face is a rough surface travertine stone with a certain width and free length size. It is then cut according to the need and used for decorating the outdoor area. Its surface is not plain like a tile and has random carvings on it.


What is the travertine tile size?

Famous sizes of travertine which are being used in America are 12×12, 16×16, 18×18 and 24×24. However, tiles of custom size according to the need can also be obtained.


What is the travertine paver size?

The most commonly used travertine paver size in the US is 6×12. However, other paver sizes exist as well, for example, 4×8, 12×12, 12×24, 16×16, 16×24, 24×24 and even 36×36. But none of these sizes are as popular as the compact 6×12 travertine paver as it is most widely used size in the United States.


Can Travertine be used outdoors?

Yes, travertine is frequently used outdoors for decorating pools, patios and walk ways. It works well and gives a natural beauty to the outdoor area of your house. It is slip resistant and environment-friendly as well.

Should travertine be used in outdoor, freezing and ice-cold climate?

Travertine usage is not much recommended in areas which face long periods of freeze/thaw. As water may get into the travertine pores and crack the stone later. However, if your travertine stone has a good finish, you can still use it.

What is the most common indoor usage of travertine in the US?

Travertine is mostly used for decorating indoor areas like floors, walls, stairs, bathrooms, showers, countertops, backsplashes and fireplaces in the US.

travertine bathroom

What is the most common outdoor usage of travertine in the US?

For outdoor areas, travertine is mostly used for decorating pool decks, pool steps, driveways, patios, walk-ways, fireplaces and outside stairs.


What to consider when buying travertine tiles?

Travertine is a water absorbent material, and it’s usually gets cracked if installed in areas facing long periods of freezing and humidity. It is soft as well, and travertine floors can’t resist too much traffic on them. Travertine is also expensive as compared to other options because it is a pure natural product and can’t be mass produced. So, you should consider all these factors i.e. condition of installation area and your budget when purchasing travertine tiles.

What are the advantages of using travertine stone?

There are many advantages of using this stone. For example, it is durable and strong, versatile, have beautiful appearance, environment-friendly and long lasting. This is the reason why it is becoming famous around the globe.

What are the disadvantages of using travertine stone?

Travertine is expensive in some areas as compared to the other products. It requires specific cleaners and is soft as compared to the other materials.

How to clean travertine tiles?

Travertine tiles are very easy to clean. However, you should be very careful about the cleaner you are using for them. Travertine tiles need specific cleaners which you may ask the installer to provide. You shouldn’t use acidic cleaner for it as these cleaners can harm the stone badly.