Travertine Quality

At Natural Stone and Timber we are very happy to be able to offer our customers the highest levels of quality in tiles, as we know that when purchasing natural stone, quality is a major factor and something that can make a real difference to not only the final look of your completed project, but the long term cost implications in getting it right compared to getting it wrong.

Travertine is widely known nowadays and as with all materials there are a few horror stories that we have all heard, however as always with these stories quite often there is very little truth behind them and quite often it is a case of mountains and molehills.

Travertine basically comes in two grades, and known as First, A1 and Premium, these all basically mean the same thing, that it has been graded by the producers in the quarries and are solid, dense and generally good quality. These are are the tiles that you should be looking for, they will be easy to maintain, straightforward to lay and most importantly will not need replacing in 2 years time after they have been walked over a few thousand times! The alternative is known widely as commercial grade, or second grade, these are where 90% of the 'horror stories' originate. Often very cheap to purchase, and you will think an excellent deal, a bargain in fact, but these tiles will be weak, porous and have large areas of fill and hollow cavities. The most important thing to do when looking at travertine is to look straight at the backs of the tiles, there is an immediate difference between the two and you should be looking for 'solidness' quite often the commercial grade tiles will not only have cavities in the backs but in the middle of the tiles and just under the surface which will create weak points that when stepped on will push through. This is the most common cause of problem with travertine and be costly and time consuming to repair. The premium tiles will also feel heavier and more solid.

It is worth considering isolation or 'decoupling' matting when laying travertine tiles, particularly in areas with underfloor heating, on new screeded floors and where movement is likely to occur, and on wooden substrates. This will create a barrier between the floor and the travertine, which will soak up any movement and protect the tiles from cracking, one of the most common causes of problems in travertine tiles.

As a final piece of advice... Always try and use a tiler or fitter who is qualified, recommended by someone you know and whom you have seen their finished work, but most importantly someone you can trust. If in any doubt at all we are happy to recommend tilers in the Portsmouth area, and for those further afield it is worth visiting to find a quality fitter in your area.

We have been importing Travertine as tiles, paving, mosaics and mouldings for 5 or more years now and as a result of this we know a thing or two about it. As importers this enables to be extremely clear to our suppliers that we will only accept the best quality travertine for re-sale to our customers.

As I'm sure you can imagine we hate getting phone calls from customers complaining about the quality of their tiles, so you can rest assured that we do everything possible to make sure that this doesn't happen! All of our tiles are First Grade, selected in the quarries specifically for us, checked upon arrival into our warehouse, then hand packed and checked twice again before leaving us to ensure everything we send out is of the highest quality, is correct to the customers order, and will arrive on site exactly as you would expect.