One type of marble that is currently popular is Travertine marble. This type of marble has a distinctive appearance in the form of beautiful strokes and natural holes on the surface. In the process, the surface of the holes filled with resin which give a mixture of color pigments that adjusted to the base color. After that, then given the finishing to get a shiny surface.
Travertine marble known since ancient times for building houses, temples, monuments, and famous buildings. Until now, travertine is still widely used for exterior and interior areas, such as paving terraces, walls and floors. The color options that you can choose include gray, brown, or beige. The beauty of color and fiber applied to various design styles and is able to create the impression of luxury and elegance in the room.
Travertine marble usually sold in the form of slabs which approximately 12 inches x 12 inches and 3/8 inch thick. The price is, of course, more expensive compared to other types of natural stone. The modifications determined by marble, pattern, colors and similar structure.
Travertine Marble Types
Travertine marble divided into 2, based on the surface finishing :
Unfilled Surface Travertine
After being a slab sheet, the hollow part not filled with any material. The holes left open and polished or honed, so that the surface can give a natural impression. Unfilled surface usually applied to the exterior area, but some used in the interior area.
Filled Surface Travertine
Filled surface is travertine where the holes on the surface are filled so that they evenly covered and then polished. The covering material may be a resin or some kind of transparent polymer or with the addition of a color pigment. This type of travertine often applied to interior areas of buildings, such as walls and floors.
There are a variety of Travertine on the market are as follows:
- White coffee
- Mystic gray
- Red wine
- Roman Silver
- Travertine blue
- Roman Classics
- Red Travertine
- Yellow Travertine
Advantages of Travertine
- You can easily get the same model on the market
- Easy to cut and shape
- Environmentally friendly
- Beautiful patterns
- Resistant to scratches or cracks
- After a long time, the effects of alteration, it appears as a beautiful old architecture
- Easy to repair
Disadvantages of Travertine
- When exposed to the liquid, there are many pores so travertine can cause problems
- It is heavy enough to complicate the installation process
- Too much weights that rarely used for upper floor building
- Relatively expensive
- Follow room temperature, hot when it’s too hot and cold when it’s too cold
How to install Travertine
- The steps to install marble calcification is actually the same as the other marble slabs.
- Measure and check the angle of the device must installed, then determine the ground level.
- The ground that the predetermined level. The floor covering has combined as a determined and advanced height. The formula should contained in the marble (3/8 inches) and the gap of plaster between each floor tiles (3-5 millimeters). Make the layer on the bottom and the side of the marble (6 sides) while waiting for drying. Most layers uses isinol.
- Before installing, measuring the marble slab and cut both sides (2 non-4 sides). If your marble is not tilted and still intact, follow these steps.
- Mix the white cement with enough water. Then pour over the desired marbling area.
- After fixing the marble, all the grout of the marbles should be covered with tape.
- Note: For the installation of travertine marble, the floor must be closed tightly. Do not create different resources or use of resources or adhesives to combination or tracks. Objective close to avoid visualizing the appearance of the cement mixture on the surface of sedimentary marble holes.