Dug from large quarries in Turkey, shipped to the United States on a cargo ship, driven to our warehouse for distribution, then delivered across the country (well, depending on your location) by truck to you – stone distributors in the United States don’t have travertine on hand and it travels a long way to arrive at your doorstep. Here’s how we get travertine directly to your location, so you can get started on your project right away.
Wondering where Texas Travertine gets its high quality travertine that comes in an assortment of colors and is found in very few places in the United States? At Texas Travertine we are the single largest producer of travertine in the United States and with 13 of our own quarries in Denizli, Turkey we don’t require a middleman, unlike other distribution companies.
Texas Travertine only sells Turkish travertine because compared to other places in the world, such as Peru, Mexico, and Italy – Turkish travertine is more abundant, dense, the highest quality, and has the most expansive range of colors in the world.
Travertine is located underground and is dug from one of our 13 quarries and then delivered to our 3 factories for distribution within the United States. Travertine has to travel a long way to get to you because there is a very small amount of domestic travertine and it is not as dense, which is less ideal for building or a remodel.
As the only one of the five sellers in the United States, we want it to be easy for you to get high quality travertine at a low price and with no minimum or maximum amount you are required to buy, so that your project turns out perfect.
We get a shipment of Turkish travertine delivered to our warehouse in Houston, Texas once daily. We don’t waste time once the travertine is dug from our quarries. It is briefly stored in our factory and then shipped directly in a cargo container to the Port of Houston.
You shouldn’t be required to wait months to get started on your project, which is why we have a significant amount of travertine stored in our warehouse. All of our travertine is ready for delivery as soon as you want with no limits on how little or how much you can buy. Bulk orders do require some wait time, which is as little as six weeks; custom orders are about 10-12 weeks.
With our roots in Turkey, we continue to maintain a strong relationship with our factories and quarries there so we can continue to keep prices low and the quality high.
Our mission is to empower our visitors to make an informed decision when purchasing travertine products. To achieve this mission we regularly supply value adding content to further educate about travertine. As the popularity of travertine has grown the industry has seen wider range in quality of travertine products. Some companies have preyed on the vulnerability of less versed customers and have overpriced and mis-marketed the quality of their stone.
Before becoming a go to flooring option travertine begins as a limestone mineral that is usually deposited by hot springs. A natural phenomenon a rapid precipitation causes much of the coloring of the stone. As owners of over 13 quarries where this occurs our team is able to hand select the finest stones to fabricate and create a final product with unmatched precision.
These products ultimately become travertine tiles, mosaic, split face, pavers, and copings. In addition to the aesthetic beauty travertine has become a go to product for many of it functional capabilities as well. As a pavement it provides a unique slip resistent grip. This along with its heat resistace has made travertine a favorite for outdoor and particularly pool sidings, pavers and copings.
Trying to decide on French pattern, Versailles, or Ashlar travertine tiles and pavers – well, the choice may be easier than you think.
If you’ve been scouring the stone market in search for the perfect travertine tile or paver but can’t decide on a particular pattern you like, the choice may be easier than you think. Although the names are different, French, Versailles, and Ashlar pattern are all pre-assigned patterns of travertine with the same dimensions, size, and layout.
These patterns are compromised of a 12-piece set that covers an area of 16 sq. ft. The patterns are pre-assigned with a combination of four pieces of 8” × 8” and 16” × 16” and two pieces of 8” × 16” and 16” × 24”. Patterns are distinguished by colors gradients. Despite the name difference, there is little difference in the pattern. For instance, the name “French pattern” is mainly used in the South, especially in Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida. In the east coast, the term “Ashlar pattern” is coined to represent this combination of travertine. West coast distributors have opted out of using Ashlar or French and call it “Versailles pattern”.
In the stone market, distributors and sellers are notorious for not naming things uniformly across the industry. This is why you may have a “coffee” colored travertine paver you like in French pattern but another distributor may have a “cappuccino” colored paver in Ashlar pattern – despite them being exactly the same. It’s important not to be swayed by the names of the travertine pavers and tiles and focus on the color and pattern you want instead. You may start to feel frustrated when you reference “mocha” pavers in Versailles pattern and the seller you’ve chosen doesn’t have it, although they may but with an entirely different name.
Tips: Focus on colors and patterns, not so much on names. If you attend stone outlets or markets, take pictures of the color you like or specific styles so that you can show the seller later without confusion. Don’t get frustrated if you’re not finding exactly what you want, chances are that they have what you’re looking for.
At Texas Travertine all of our products come in a French pattern or in 6×6, 6×12, 12×12, or 12×24, 16×16, 16×24, 24×24 size pieces. Review our product listing to find the color and style you want. Feel free to send us an email or call about any inquiries you may have.
Finding the right color of travertine or any stone can be a daunting process due to the range of color gradients and industry names that frequently change based on the distributor, but with knowledge of what to look for in your next stone can help eliminate the unnecessary stress.
It may have taken weeks and many searches online, but when you finally decided to make the commitment to buy the “Alaskan Silver” color of travertine pavers for your outdoor project and your distributor only had “Silver” or “Shell Stone”, you felt a sting of frustration – a problem we hear too often from our clients. The good news is, despite the myriad of hues and their given names, a lot of names are decided by the distributor, even though the patterns or stones may be the same. Finding the right material for your next project is extremely important, but color can help express individual tastes, preferences, and really set your project apart from others. The color of travertine is made naturally and cannot be manufactured or replicated, which is why each groove and color in a travertine tile or paver is truly unique.
How Travertine Gets its Color
Travertine is a form of pure calcium carbonate and releases carbon dioxide once its heated, which is why its commonly found in warmer regions where there are a lot of precipitation, or in colder climates where there is a presence of hot springs. Travertine gets it color naturally once it’s exposed to extreme temperatures.
Travertine becomes white, red, yellow, orange, and brown once the carbonate material aragonite is activated through extremely warm temperatures and precipitation. Travertine gets the gray, white, and yellow, and sometimes green color from calcite, which is released in cooler temperatures where hot springs occur.
Due to the formation of travertine, all of the tiles and pavers come in pre-assigned patterns. Travertine is arranged based on the size of the pieces and are put together in a consistent way so that your project looks natural. You won’t have to worry about piecing together each tile, paver, or mosaic – that is already determined and it is guaranteed to match.
In order to avoid backing out on your design because you can’t find the pattern with the exact name, here are some tips to help you navigate the warehouses or online travertine stores. Next time you are trying to find the perfect color for your project, avoid looking at names and focus on the patterns or colors that make your project pop. Take pictures or get samples of the travertine you like, so you can keep in mind what you’re looking for. Consult a professional at Texas Travertine so that we can help closely match, if not get the exact color you want. Remember not to get frustrated if you can’t find travertine matching with the same name, usually the names range even though the travertine is the same! Visit Texas Travertine so we can help find a match that’s right for you.
In the last few years, the amount scams, incomplete work, and unfair payment amounts reported to the Better Business Bureau regarding contractors has been steadily increasing, here are some tips to choosing the right contractor for your Travertine tile install!
Choosing the right travertine tile contractor shouldn’t be the hardest part of your pool deck or home remodel, but if you choose the wrong one, it can create significant problems long-term and cause stress until the project is completed. It’s important to be mindful of the process and avoid hire someone that doesn’t have the proper credentials or refuses to ask questions. Here are some tips for hiring the best tile contractor for you.
Even if you are trying to create a pool that is the talk of the neighborhood and rivals your neighbor’s newly installed pool deck, it may be best to use their contractor. Referrals are a great way to find a travertine tile contractor because it could prevent you from overpaying or being scammed. It may also be helpful to review past contracts and negotiations if you have never done it before. Referred contractors are also more likely to do a good job if they know that someone you knew liked their work or they may give better rates. Although knowing someone who’s used a contractor in the past may be helpful, sometimes it may not be the best fit for your project or you may not be getting the best workers – so if your cousin’s son just started a tile contracting business, it may be a good idea to go over other options too.
Look at Credentials
It’s all too common that people hear about horror stories of travertine tile or home contractors over charging for work, not completing the work, or making fraudulent claims – so it’s important that you protect yourself from scams. One of the most important things to make sure before hiring is to check to see if the contractor is “bonded”, insured, and has the correct license.
The Better Business Bureau website https://www.bbb.org/en/us/ is a good place to start. The BBB requires that all contractors are bonded and insured. If a contractor is bonded it means that if they don’t complete the work or the work is not done correctly, then you are financially protected. Also, you need to ensure that the contractor is completely covered by insurance and not partly. For example, are all the contractor’s workers covered?
Asking the contractor for the correct license is helpful. Most of the proper licenses are held from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Homebuilders. Even if a friend of family member referred the contractor, it’s important that they have all the proper documentation, full insurance coverage, and are listed on the BBB.
It’s common practice to interview at least three tile installation contractors before settling on one to do your project. Before you set up the interviews, it’s best to have a good idea about what you want your project and design to look like, so that you can get an exact estimate for what you want.
In the interview process make sure that the contractor is specialized for the type of project that you need and that they are using the proper tools to complete the project. You don’t want to hire a contractor that has done work on your cousin’s bathroom, but can’t correctly install tiles for an indoor walkway, even if the contractor says it’s the same. No question is a bad question. Make sure to go over everything before getting started, especially costs, time constraints, installation patterns, insurance coverage, credentials, and past work history.
Even if a contractor is busy, it may be worth the wait because if they are in high demand it usually means they have a lot of clients due to their promising work. So don’t hire someone simply because they are available, waiting a few weeks may make all the difference between something that you love!
Most tile contractors have worked on travertine projects before, don’t be afraid to ask them for references of their past work or for a portfolio. Most reputable flooring contractors will provide you pictures of designs from previous projects, if they don’t have one or have just started their work as a contract, don’t fret yet. But make sure you are showed something before the project begins to ensure that you aren’t getting cheated. At Texas Travertine, we want to ensure that your project is exactly how you want it, so ask us for recommendations on contractors or project ideas!
If you are planning to use travertine pavers to build your pool decking, have an idea in mind of what you want. Compare previous installs of friends and neighbors, or compare pictures online to get an idea of the scope of your install. If friends don’t mind sharing pricing with you, it’s a great way to estimate what you might expect to pay. If you are doing a remodel or new home construction and want to use travertine backsplash or travertine flooring in the home, have an idea of the linear footage of your backsplash, as well as the approximate square footage of the flooring area where you want to install the tile. If you can have these dimensions in mind, it will come in handy to help you estimate the cost of materials. This is important because it could be less expensive to buy the travertine through a local or online dealer and just pay for the install, rather than budgeting a turnkey job.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime. We are more than happy to help you plan your next travertine tile install!
Benefits of Using Travertine
Designing your next indoor or outdoor project but don’t know what type of stone to use? Here are 5 benefits for using travertine materials, so that you can get the design, style, and look you want without the worry.
Your project is important, and you want everything to be perfect so you can enjoy your new space, but picking the right material may be a long, frustrating process. Although some stones may be referenced more frequently when you’re doing design research, travertine is one of the best stones to use compared to the alternatives.
Here are some benefits:
Travertine materials are extremely durable and long-lasting, check out the Coliseum in Rome if you don’t believe us! The architectural wonder was built out of travertine and has managed to withstand seasonal changes and the test of time.
The durability of travertine makes it a better solution for outdoor projects, especially in places where the weather is constantly changing and temperatures are extreme.
When designing an outdoor or indoor space, you want people to feel comfortable moving or placing things without damaging or scratching the stone – with travertine you won’t have to monitor these activities, your stone will withstand damaged. When you use travertine you rarely have to change or replace travertine tiles or pavers, there’s not a lot of wear and tear.
Watching your kids playing around the pool may have led you to yell from the kitchen window, “don’t run around the pool” to try to prevent a dangerous slip, but most of the time kids don’t heed our safety advice. But instead of getting in a screaming match trying to avoid a trip to the ER, purchase travertine for your pool design.
Travertine is the safest option when it comes to choosing a lining or flooring in the area surrounding your pool. Travertine is not slippery because the porous nature of the stone absorbs the water, making it the safest option for your pool project.
Installing a pool in your backyard as a way to find some relief from the scorching summer heat? Don’t forget to get travertine tiles and pavers as a way to protect your feet. Travertine reflects heat unlike other materials and the nature of the stone allows for it to absorb cooler temperatures from the Earth below. Travertine is also resistant from freezing temperatures, so it won’t be slippery or difficult to walk on during snow season.
Remember the granite craze? When builders and homeowners were desperate to build countertops with granite – well, what a lot of people don’t know is that travertine is a much more affordable option and has the same glossy look compared to other stones. Travertine, which can have a matte or smooth finish, is ideal for any indoor project.
Stones like granite, marble, and limestone may be more of a household name than travertine, but installing travertine in your project is a much more cost-effective solution and you won’t have to compromise on the beauty of the design.
Easy to Maintain
Although travertine is known for its durability, you may encounter a problem and need a tile replaced. For some stones that is an exhausting and a dramatic process, but not for travertine! Installing or replacing travertine materials is a quick and easy process, that won’t be costly.
Travertine is also incredibly easy to clean. Depending on the style of travertine you use, hone-finish or polished-finish, you can use regular cleaning products to get out stains or simply clean the surface.With a little bit of maintenance, travertine retains its natural color and shine, making it ideal for years to come!
Have a vision of what you want, but don’t know if you can pattern the stone to get exactly what you dreamt of? Well, with travertine, pieces can be cut or shaped in any pattern of design so you can get exactly what you want.
Also, the various finishes, colors, and styles of travertine allows for several different options when designing your project. Travertine can be used for walls to linings, ceilings to walkways, the inside of bathrooms to the inside of pools – the uses are endless.
The range of styles, cuts, and patterns makes travertine the easiest choice when it comes to picking your stone. Its uses are endless and it can be used for a range of building uses. Don’t limit travertine to just your bathroom or pool, it can even be used for the façade of your house or the structure inside.
Travertine Pavers have detonated in ubiquity as a deck and finishing choice. The regular stone include a rich profundity and layer to any extend. Travertine pavers are particularly helpful in pool and porches. In light of its cool temperature it won’t overheat on hot days when the sun is out. This is particularly valuable in Houston in light of the fact that commonly individuals around a pool will walk shoeless. This normal protection can keep the consuming of benefactors strolling around the pool right now. Travertine Pavers ingest water which is vigorously advantageous in amid rain seasons. Moreover the stone oppose solidifying and defrost conditions. This makes it a standout amongst the most tough choices accessible. Pavers can hold their shading all through every climate condition. Concrete is frequently defenseless against staining once the sun and different conditions start affecting it after establishment. Travertine has a broadened life time far more prominent then different stones. It can keep going for over a century, so the likelyhood of you replacing it are thin. Support and upkeep of travertine pavers in negligible, a discretionary yearly sealant will be sufficient to guarantee a durable paver. Outwardly travertine pavers give a large group of choices we offer 16 sorts of pavers. Our shading choices extend from exemplary light to walnut. Clients appreciate this range and adaptability that different stones don’t offer. Travertine Pavers have huge resale esteem also, in the event that you are ever to put your home available purchasers tend to esteem travertine pavers all the more at that point concrete.
Over all travertine pavers are the best all around choice for porch or pool decks. There are different alternatives that can give you an extraordinary looking pool deck yet none with the general accumulation of advantages as travertine pavers. It’s sheltered, water protection, tough and esteem adding to any home.
As it rises in popularity amongst developer, landscapers and those making home improvements many home owners are beginning to ask What is Travertine? Travertine is a natural stone much like Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference in travertine being found in the formation process of the stone, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed and found in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is quite different than Marble or Limestone. Marble and Limestone would be categorized as metamorphic rock. One key characteristic of Travertine stone is the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.
Premium Travertine grade is most usually deciphered based on the holes within the stone. These holes / pockets are part of the stone criteria and nature. Typically within the Travertine industry the fewer holes present in the stone, the higher the quality. Travertine Pavers with few holes is considered to be premium grade quality (or A Grade) while more porous stone containing more holes is considered to be commercial quality. Pricing differences apply based on this principle, while considering a few other factors in as well.
Also worth noting is that there are Travertine Tiles that come with a honed and filled finish. Filled travertine finish refers to the process of filling the holes. The filling is a solid color throughout the stone and can be seen quite easily. In these instances the differences between premium grade and commercial grade lies in the amount of filling used to fill the stone surfaces. This being said, a filled and honed travertine tile is considered of lower quality if it contains more filling than another stone.
What is the contrast between premium review travertine, business review or A review?
The review of premium travertine is more often than not decided in light of the gaps inside the stone. Gaps inside Travertine stone are a piece of the stones nature and criteria. Inside the travertine business today, the manage of the thumb is …the less openings there are inside travertine stone, the higher the quality. Travertine pavers with scarcely any gaps in it are viewed as A Grade or learly value contrasts apply. Additionally remember that there are Travertine tiles which accompany a sharpened and filled wrap up. A filled travertine complete demonstrates that the openings were filled. Since the filling is dependably a similar shading all through the tile it is genuinely simple to distinguish the filling. In these cases, the distinction between Premium Grade and Commercial review lies in the measure of filling utilized. A sharpened and filled travertine tile with a mess of filling is considered of lower quality contrasted with a tile with insignificant filling.