The installation of travertine flooring is a great option for hard surfaces. It is extremely durable and, when properly sealed, stain resistant. It also provides much more secure footing that standard ceramic tile, which can become slippery when it gets wet.
Aside from durability, the installation of travertine flooring creates a unique look that sets it apart from standard ceramic tiles and other man made products. The face of a travertine tile carries the natural texture that was formed when the travertine broke away from the face of the rock. This gives you the opportunity to install a truly unique flooring solution.
What you’ll need:
There are a few basic things that you will need to make sure you have on hand before you begin the installation of travertine flooring. The first is the travertine itself. You will need to determine what color you want, what size tiles you want, and whether or not you want a repeating pattern, or simple squares.
A repeating pattern is made up tiles of different sizes and shapes that fit together to give you floor a random, but uniform look. You will also need a wet saw. These are available to rent at most tile shops or tool rental centers.
Aside from these basic materials and tools, you will also need the following for the installation of travertine flooring. Thinset is the trade name for the mortar that you will use to secure the travertine to the underlayment. You will need a trowel with ½” teeth in order to spread the thinset appropriately.
Once the travertine tiles have been set into the mortar and have been allowed to dry the floor must be grouted. Grout is the masonry product that fills the gaps between the tiles and holds them into place. For travertine, make sure that you use sanded grout. Grout is available in a wide variety of colors, so take the time to select a color that will complement not only your tile but the rest of your décor as well.
The final step in the installation of a travertine floor is the application of sealer. This is an extremely important step. Travertine tile is very porous and will stain quite easily if it has not been sealed. There is a wide variety of sealers on the market so read the labels carefully and make sure you get the product that is designed specifically for travertine.
Despite the porous texture of the floor, it is actually quite durable and very hard. Still, make sure that you keep a few extra tiles once your job is complete in case you ever need to replace any that may pull loose or crack.