When you think of tiles for your bathroom, the practicality aspect may be one of the most important things to you. Sure, there are plenty of porcelain and ceramic tiles that offer excellent practicality such as polished porcelain tiles and timber look tiles. But what about using natural stone tiles in a bathroom? Is it too risky?
Travertine continues to be one of the most popular natural stone tiles sold in Sydney. People just love the warm and rich character of travertine and yes, you can use travertine tiles in bathrooms. We’d recommend using it for your entire bathroom, not just the floor but on the walls up to the ceiling. The rich character of travertine would blow you away in the bathroom. Some of the most popular travertine comes from Turkey. Below are the different variants of travertine available for bathroom use.
Honed and filled travertine tiles
Honed and filled travertine tiles are among the most common tiles used for bathrooms. Although travertine tiles are extremely porous, these tiles are filled with cement preventing water from being trapped in the holes. A wide variety of sizes are available anywhere between 300x300mm to 600x600mm allowing you to find just the right size for your bathroom. The smooth finish and the deep colours of these tiles would make for a modern and luxurious bathroom.
Tumbled travertine tiles
Tumbled travertine tiles are, as the name suggests, literally tumbled in a washing machine like unit filled with pebbles to remove the sharp edges. The end result is tiles that have a similar warm character to that of pebbles found on the riverbank. It’s a great option for those who love the rustic look. But most tumbled travertine tiles are not filled. It would be advisable to fill them with grout to prevent water getting trapped in the holes on the surface.
Things to remember when laying travertine tiles
Because travertine tiles are natural stone, there are a few things to remember when laying them.
Normally, we recommend getting an extra 10 percent of the quantity you order for wastage, but for travertine, we recommend to get 15 percent extra. That’s because every travertine piece is unique and having a little bit extra would help in finding the perfect combination for your bathroom. Travertine is also fragile in comparison to other tiles, having extra would help you to complete the job without running out of tiles.
Dry lay them first
It’s best to workout the location for each tile prior to installation. You would want a consistent effect throughout your bathroom, so make sure to mix them up well.
This is absolutely essential to keep your travertine tiles looking good for a long time in a wet environment. Remember travertine tiles are porous, without proper sealing, travertine tiles would be exposed to staining and discolouring. We recommend 24/7 impregnating sealer made by SureSeal for the best results. The effect is long lasting and it doesn’t require yearly re-application like most other sealers. For more information on sealing tiles, feel free to contact us on 02 9892 4833.