Travertine Tiles Honed Filled

Travertine Tiles Honed Filled – What Are Honed & Filled?

You might have heard of honed and filled travertine tiles but have no idea what it is. There is little doubt you have heard of marble tiles, granite tiles, and even sandstone tiles. What they are made of is self explanatory but what travertine is a bit of a mystery. However it does not need to be a mystery any longer.

In the simplest of terms travertine tiles is a limestone, but it is more than just that. It is a form of limestone formed by supersaturated water found in hot springs. Some of the best examples of it in the US found in Yellowstone, also found around the world in places like Italy, Turkey, Croatia and numerous other locations.

The use of travertine tiles is nothing new. It was used as far back as the Roman Empire to build both bath houses and basilicas. It has been used in more modern times to build some notable structures. It was used in the former Sears Tower, the first floor of the medical center at UCLA and even the Toronto-Dominion Centre.

The grinding process is what is known as honing. Between that and the sealing, it gives travertine tiles a flat finish, that dull or mat finish makes it ideal for kitchen floors because of the traffic they receive. After the honing process there are still holes within the travertine that must be filled, usually by an epoxy resin. Normally this filling is done prior to the stone is ground down. This gives the travertine a smooth finish.

Another reason why people choose travertine tiles are because of the colors. For the most part they are shades of tan, cream or even a light brown. Sometimes, however, shades of pink and red are also found. Every box of tiles will have slightly different shades in them, that is part of its charm. You do need to inspect each box to make sure you do not end up with some from an entirely different color batch.

Travertine makes for beautiful floor and is a welcome addition to any home. Why not visit the guys at TFO for more great ideas and see their amazing range of travertine tiles?

7 comments… add one
  • Damian January 7, 2018, 5:18 pm

    Hi. Can you recommend a travertine for pool surrounds? Thanks

    • The Guys at TFO January 10, 2018, 5:24 pm

      Hi there, thanks for your enquiry. Our most popular travertine for pool surrounds is our range of unfilled and tumbled travertine tiles or pavers. Please give our office a call on (02) 8728 7800 for more information.

  • Karen Ford October 8, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Are these tiles suitable for the walls of a shower recess within a motorhome and are they a lighter weight than normal ceramic tiles. We are concerned not about the weight as much as the tiles falling off with constant movement while travelling> any other suggestions would be welcome.
    Thank you,

    • The Guys at TFO October 9, 2012, 5:20 pm

      Rather than using travertine tiles, use travertine mosaic sheets-They’re practical, light weight and decorative! Check out our range in store or online.

  • Emmalene White January 31, 2012, 10:06 pm

    I am very interested in what you have available in travertine floor tiles. I need approx. 120m2. Please reply asap.
    Emmalene White.

    • The Guys at TFO February 2, 2012, 5:57 pm

      Hi Emmalene,
      Thanks for your inquiry. Tile Factory Outlet has a wide range of travertine floor tiles in stock. We have a great special on at the moment for 610mm X 610mm Turkish travertine from $35/m2. Of course, being a natural stone each tile is unique, so please come in and see our range!
      The Guys at TFO

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