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

Where Does My Travertine/Marble Come From?

shipping container photo

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?

Travertine photo

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.

Getty Museum photo

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.

Learning Resource Center

As with any purchase, there are key factors to consider when purchasing  Travertine and Marble Tiles or Pavers for your project. Here in our Learning Resources Center we offer some of these factors to consider when making your decision.In addition, at Natural Elegance Collection we employ a highly trained and qualified staff of Natural Stone Specialists equipped to assist you throughout the decision making process.

  • What is Travertine?
  • Where does the Travertine or Marble I am purchasing come from?
  • Are all Travertine and Marble the same?
  • How do I know I’m getting a quality product?
  • What is the advantage of buying direct from the importer?
  • What is the right application for my project?
  • What is the difference in the finishes offered?
  • Are there different installation methods for Travertine and Marble?
  • How do I install Travertine pavers?

Learning Resources Center

As with any purchase, there are key factors to consider when purchasing  Travertine and Marble Tiles or Pavers for your project. Here in our Learning Resources Center we offer some of these factors to consider when making your decision.In addition, at Natural Elegance Collection we employ a highly trained and qualified staff of Natural Stone Specialists equipped to assist you throughout the decision making process.

  • What is Travertine?
  • Where does the Travertine or Marble I am purchasing come from?
  • Are all Travertine and Marble the same?
  • How do I know I’m getting a quality product?
  • What is the advantage of buying direct from the importer?
  • What is the right application for my project?
  • What is the difference in the finishes offered?
  • Are there different installation methods for Travertine and Marble?
  • How do I install Travertine pavers?

Purchasing Process

At Travertine Warehouse we sincerely appreciate the patronage of our valued customers. With This appreciation comes an inherent responsibility to make sure your transaction is seamless and most importantly secure. Travertine Warehouse payment security protocols surpass industry standards without compromise in order to ensure the security of your payment method and any personal information provided.

Travertine Warehouse accepts company/personal checks, bank wires, and all major credit cards as forms of payment.

Below is the Travertine Warehouse “Customer Assurance Checklist” outlining the information required and confirmations needed prior to submitting payment to complete your transaction.The “Customer Assurance Checklist” is designed with the sole purpose making your Customer Experience a seamless, secure success with Travertine Warehouse.


Travertine Warehouse “Customer Assurance” Checklist

1. Confirm Your Product Details:

  • Sizes, finishes, colors, styles, material names are correct on your final estimate.
  • The Quantity you are ordering is correct, including 5-10% extra for waste (optional), in the item line of your final estimate.
  • Price Quoted and Agreed upon are reflected on your final estimate.
  • Terms of Sale stated on final estimate have been read and agreed upon.
  • Signature of the Purchaser and Date are required on final estimate to confirm your order.

2. Payment details:

  • Your signed estimate must be received as written confirmation as acceptance of your order (emailed or faxed) prior to payment being processed.
  • Your billing details – name, full address, email, phone
  • Your chosen form of payment – VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover Card, Check, Wire Transfer*
  • Completed credit card authorization form including Estimate #, card #, expiration date, security code,total amount authorized for transaction, billing address, and cardholders signature.
  • For CC transactions above certain dollar amounts, credit card copies and cardholders identification are required.
  • Wire transfers require bank confirmation of deposited funds prior to shipment of order.

3. Shipping details:

  • Number of skids/crates and total material weight is reflected on final estimate and understood by receiver.
  • Your shipping method: business to business, residential delivery, or customer pick up.
  • Correct Ship To address and contact details for point of contact for delivery.
  • Type of  shipping service –  residential lift gate service for LTL orders is available, volume and truckload receiver is required to provide equipment to offload material at job site.

The Travertine Warehouse “Customer Assurance Checklist” is for our valued customers to provide a general  outline of what to expect during the transaction part of your customer experience. Our Natural Stone Specialist work diligently with our Customers through every step of the entire customer experience from inception to completion, answering any questions or concerns that may arise throughout.

For more information on Travertine Warehouse’s purchasing process, please Call Today Toll Free 1-866-852-6999, to speak with one of our Natural Stone Specialist.  

Natural Stone Has a Wide Color Variance.

Color-variation-sample

All of these pieces of Ogee are all Cappadocia travertine. As you can see there is a wide variance of color.

One of the things that surprises a lot of people is that natural stone can have a wide variance in color.

This is true for the tones that are more vibrant and rich, the softer tones that lean closer to white like Ivory are less likely to have noticeable variation. Yet no two tiles or pavers are exactly alike. Some colors like Leonardo can have a wide variance from white to charcoal with lots of reds and creams streaking throughout the stone are extraordinarily beautiful and although the colors are the same the pattern is far from it.

These stones are created by nature laying down layer upon layer of different materials. The material for travertine is calcium carbonate. In hot springs it precipitates and over millennia form into the stone we have today.

There are a number of places in the world that travertine is found and harvested. Natural Elegance Collection travertine comes from Turkey.