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Travertine Versatility

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What Travertine Floor Tile sizes are most popular in the USA?

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The most popular sizes for indoor Travertine Tiles are French Pattern, 12×12, 16X16 and 18×18. Larger sizes such as 24×24 travertine tiles are also gaining popularity among American Homes.



What is a Travertine Remodeling Coping? And what sizes do we offer?

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Travertine Remodeling Copings can be placed on top of existing pool copings opposed to having to remove your current pool copings while remodeling your pool. Using remodeling pool copings can be more cost effective during your pool remodeling process.

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Remodel Copings Come In Sizes Listed Below:





What finish is applied to Travertine Products?

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What finish is applied to Travertine Products?

Travertine products usually have the following finishes: Tumbled, Honed, Brushed, Filled, Filled & Honed, Chiseled.


Where does the Travertine or Marble I am purchasing come from?


Where Does My Travertine/Marble Come From?

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Photo by Rennett Stowe


Most of the Travertine found in the USA comes directly  from Turkey in form of containers. There are many ocean freight services which transport this material across the Atlantic Ocean. It takes approx. 6 weeks to arrive from Turkey. About 95% of the Travertine containers arrive at the Port of Tampa. Next, they are distributed from the port to several different warehouses and wholesalers via freight forwarders.

What is Travertine?

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Photo by Alaskan Dude

Travertine is a natural stone like Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key differences between Travertine and other natural stones stems from the way they are formed.  The stone themselves have very different properties such as the hardness of the stone and the appearance.

Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. It is formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate.  In other words, a chemical soup very high in concentration of calcium carbonate precipitates off the liquid and the remaining chemical soup hardens and is compressed into the travertine stone we have today.  Kind of like a natural concrete in that you have a soupy mixture that hardens.

Travertine is not the same as Marble, Granite or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion or CO2 bubbles in the mixture as it is setting.  Metamorphic rock is a rock that has undergone changes through usually pressure and heat.  It causes the rock to change or go through a “metamorphosis” that often forms crystals in the rock giving granite that sparkling look.

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Photo by Ed Bierman

Travertine has been used for centuries as a building material.  The most famous structure built with it is the Coliseum in Rome, Italy but there are tens of thousands of buildings travertine has been used to construct.   One of the most recent famous buildings would be the Getty Museum in Los Angles, California.

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