Basic Information About Travertine Pavers & Veneers
Travertine Pavers and Veneers, Travertine stone is a form of limestone used during the Roman Empire to build monuments as well as street pavers, benches, fountains, and many other household objects. The best travertine is sourced in central Italy, and was mined by the Romans to build the entire Colosseum walls and many other structures still standing today after 2,000 years. Production and mining of travertine in Italy has gone down over the years due to the high labor cost.
Travertine is a soft stone, but still durable to weathering and time. It’s not ideal for high vehicle-traffic areas, but it’s perfect for pedestrian areas such as patios, pool areas, coping, and wall veneers. Travertine Pavers and Veneers also offers a wide range of natural color variations from gray tones to rich burgundy, beige, black, silver and gold. Travertine products are available in several stone flooring and cladding formats, indoor tumbled tiles, moldings, mosaics and inserts. Travertine’s biggest characteristic is the holes on its finished surface. Many that are not familiar with travertine might think of it as a defect, but it is apart of how the stone was naturally formed. Travertine is a residue of lime that settled at the bottom of shallow bodies of water rich in lime, and over millions of years, the settlement accumulated and air bubbles formed within the structures eventually transforming into cavities that are revealed when blocks of travertine get cut into tiles, pavers and slabs. Holes and imperfections in the surface give the finished travertine product a timeless look and creates a rustic, yet soft appearance. Travertine Pavers and Veneers can have a polished finish, but the most common finish is honed and tumbled or chiseled edges and brushed .
Travertine is mostly known for coming from Turkey. Turkish travertine is used all over the world and they also have a very wide selection of colors. Most Travertine Pavers and Veneers are manufactured and installed in multi-size pattern or random free-formed flagging and random length pavers. The best installation practice for travertine is generally to be installed on a clean, washed sand, over compacted aggregate base, or poured concrete base for outdoor use. Indoor tile and veneers are installed with thin-set or mortar applied on walls or on a mud base for floors. Polymeric sand is mostly used for outdoor installation to fill the spaces between the paver joints, and grout for tiles installed indoors.
If you are looking for Travertine Pavers and Veneers on Long Island NY, Gappsi supplies and installs Travertine Pavers and Veneers throughout Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk County. Our showroom is located at 1015 W Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown where you can view our Travertine Pavers and Veneers on display. Whether you are looking to replace an old paver walkway or patio, or start a new installation, you will find travertine pavers to fit your style. Gappsi also provides outdoor design ideas with 2-D and 3-D concepts. You can also visit our website at gappsi.com to learn more about all other Gappsi natural stone products.