The Travertine Buyers Guide
Are you interested in travertine stone because you love the look and texture of this beautiful stone? But perhaps you’re not sure if it’s the right stone for your project. Would you be better opting for marble, for instance, or going for granite? Well, before you make any expensive purchases take a look through this quick-read guide so that when you come to make your decision, it’s a far more informed one.
What is Travertine?
As travertine slab suppliers we are often asked by customers ‘what is travertine stone?’ It’s a fair question. After all, this 100 per cent natural rock which has been around for centuries, is making an appearance in many people’s homes these days.
The reason for the stone’s popularity is the wonderfully smooth finish it offers, together with a wide choice of colours – such as beige, warm brown, yellow, ochre and deep vibrant red. The colouring is due to local mineral deposits and iron ore. Being a type of limestone, it always looks fantastic wherever it’s used. Not only that, but its durability makes it worth the affordable price tag. The Colosseum in Rome is built with travertine, for instance.
Any travertine stone supplier will testify to the natural beauty of this stone. Scratching is also less likely to appear than in marble so it’s good for high-traffic areas.
What is Travertine used for?
From bathroom wall cladding and shower zoning to kitchen worktops, backsplashes and flooring, travertine covers a multitude of areas in the home. It can even be used to form a fireplace. You can find travertine flooring both inside and outside – the latter in the form of paving or coping around swimming pools.
Honed travertine is often a popular choice for hallway or lounge flooring in contemporary residences. That fact it is sanded gives it a sophisticated matt appearance. Tumbled travertine has more of a rustic look and is often used in a kitchen setting for flooring. Polished travertine can also be found in the kitchen but, its glossy surface texture makes it more suited for worktops. In the case of travertine worktops, it’s important to seal the stone first since it’s porous and can absorb both smells and stains. Care should also be taken to seal in travertine shower zoned areas to prevent pits in the surface.
How much does Travertine cost?
Now that you’ve established travertine stone is what you want for your kitchen worktop or hallway flooring etc, the next thing to work out is how much travertine slabs cost.
In fact, it’s not quite as simple as stating one price. That’s because the quality of travertine slabs vary. For a basic lower-grade travertine you can expect to pay around £140 per square metre. For a top of the range slab the travertine slab prices can reach up to £300 per square metre.
Travertine costs are generally based on the thickness of the slab (the thicker being more expensive), the colouring and the veining. Good travertine stone suppliers will be able to identify a top-quality travertine by the fact there are fewer holes. Low grade travertine slabs often contain a lot of holes with poor quality filler in them, even cement in some instances.
What are the different types of Travertine?
There is a large variety in the types of travertine available. As travertine stone suppliers who source our slabs from Italy we sell only high-quality stone. A lower grade travertine supplier will use filler, such as cement or mastic to ‘plug’ these holes, and which can obviously deter from the natural beauty of the slab.
Travertine slabs also differ in appearance in terms of the ‘pattern.’ They can, for instance be either vein cut or cross cut – the former being particularly popular at this moment in time. Here is a list of the travertine marble slabs you can buy from Imperial Stone Group today:
Travertine Classico Extra
The perfect neutral shade for bathroom wall cladding and flooring, or kitchen backsplashes and flooring, our honed Travertine Classico Extra slabs are in a lovely warm beige shade.
Travertine Silver Navona
A striking design, our Travertine Silver Navona slabs are perfect for a feature wall, especially a rustic backdrop for a kitchen. With a range of beige, grey, silver and black it’s also an easy slab to coordinate with.
A beautiful red shade, the polished Travertine Rosso stone is perfect for the bathroom. Use it for cladding, a vanity or to zone a shower and bring warmth to your walls.
This classic and sought-after Travertine Silver and grey honed travertine slab is the perfect neutral backdrop for any room in the home. Use it for flooring, countertops and wall panelling.
Our polished Travertine Titanium slabs provide a dramatic and sophisticated backdrop for bathroom vanities and kitchen countertops. The lovely veining also lends itself to a feature wall.
Brown, white and beige waves make up our lovely our Travertino Alabastrino slabs. A polished stone which provides a wonderfully textured ‘neutral’ for any décor design theme.
A lovely, earthy design of orange, white and brown, the Travertino Amarillo is perfect for a rustic look. Use it indoors or outdoors to bring texture to your design.
Types of Travertine finishes
There are four types of travertine finishes. These are polished, honed, tumbled and brushed. In this guide we’re concentrating on polished and honed since these are the two finishes most frequently used inside the home. The remaining two finishes are more likely to be used for paving rather than as panel tiles.
Polished travertine is sanded then buffed for a glossy look while honed travertine – the most popular form – is sanded to provide a matt appearance for flooring and walls.
Travertine pros and cons
There are many different types of travertine slab stones and once you’ve decided on which you prefer, it’s then time to consider the pros and cons of this beautiful stone.
Pros of travertine slabs:
- Versatile. Travertine stone is available in a range of colours, from beige and brown to deep red. As such, it will go with most décor schemes.
- Durable. A long-lasting stone, a travertine kitchen worktop can retain its beauty for at least a quarter of a century if sealed properly.
- Heat resistant. The fact it can withstand high heat makes travertine slabs excellent for fireplaces or sun-drenched patios.
Cons of travertine slabs:
- Porous. All types of travertine are porous, but the higher quality, the fewer holes there are.
- High maintenance. Travertine needs to be sealed every year to ensure there’s no discolouration or staining.
- Vulnerable. Lemon juice and vinegar can damage travertine, so too can harsh chemicals. Spills must be wiped off immediately.
Care of Travertine stone
When it comes to the subject of travertine care, regular maintenance and sealing is key. Travertine is a beautiful stone and will remain so if it’s well looked after.
In the case of kitchen worktops in particular, travertine care involves cleaning up spills as quickly as possible using a non-chemical cleaner. If your worktops are sealed immediately after installation and then annually, then stains and spills shouldn’t make much of an impression.
Another travertine care cleaning tip involves flooring – sweeping with a soft broom to get rid of dirt before it builds up will help prevent marks.
Choosing a good quality Travertine
High quality travertine is obvious by its appearance in the sense that there are fewer holes visible. And, if there are ‘pits’ in the stone then these will have been filled with resin-mix or good cement.
A good quality stone is one which in while the colours are striking – or at least well-matched – and the veins are balanced. In other words, a stone that looks stunning and feels beautifully smooth to the touch. You can be guaranteed this when you purchase travertine slabs from ourselves here at Imperial Stone Group in London.
We hope this guide has helped you with your choice. If not, feel free to contact us.
Where do I buy Travertine from?
Imperial Stone Group is a natural stone wholesaler, mainly selling to fabricators, architects and interior designers. We also work with retail customers who choose a stone and ask their fabricator or designer to work with us.
If you already know the type of travertine you would like then you can call us, send a Whatsapp message or an email outlining how much travertine you believe you need, along with your measurements. We can then provide you with a quote. If you’d like advice on how much travertine you need or what type is best for your project please call us so we can help.
We hold all our travertine stone in-house so it’s possible to come and take a look by arranging an appointment with us. We are open from 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday (by appointment only). We can work with your fabricator or installer, or we are happy to recommend a trusted professional for you to work with as we have relationships with companies all over the country.
We’re a friendly, down-to-earth team, and keen to make sure you get the right stone for your project. You won’t find any nicer and more exquisite hand-picked travertine than we can offer you here at Imperial Stone Group.
About Imperial Stone Group
With 25 years experience of sourcing and selling high quality stone and marble in particular, Imperial Stone Group is the leading supplier of natural stone in the UK.
We specialise in natural stone and marble, quartzite and travertine slabs in particular. We also stock a beautiful range of granite slabs and porcelain slabs. Speak to us today to discuss your requirements. Call 020 3409 6253, send an email or you can also reach us via WhatsApp.
Other Guides/Buying Guides
Our aim is to educate our customers so they make informed decisions and end up with stone that looks stunning and is fit for purpose. This is why we have produced this Travertine buying guide.
In addition to this guide we have produced a comprehensive buying guide for Calacatta marble and one for buying Quartzite. We have also produced a marble care guide that covers all you need to know on preserving your stone which includes cleaning recommendations, best cleaning products & tools to use, stain removal and other best practice guidance.