Expert Travatine Restoration & Repair
At Re-vive Stone we have many years experience in restoring travertine.
Services we offer for travertine are:
- Deep cleaning
- Grinding and honing
- Chip and crack repairs
- Face filling with grout or resin
- Cutting and shaping
- Tile replacement
- Regular maintenance
The photos below show a common type of damage to travertine that Re-vive Stone can repair.
When Travertine is used for flooring it is very important to consider the grade of the materials as opposed to just the aesthetics. Many have sadly regretted buying travertine as a flooring material because of the relatively high costs of repair when a poor grade travertine has been used that requires frequent repair and face filling. Re-vive Stone has come across poor quality travertine tiles that have completely fallen apart and crumbled away and have had to be replaced .
The rule of thumb, as with many things, is you get what you pay for.
So how can I know if I have a good quality travertine that will last?
Travertine is graded in three ways:
- Premium also known as first grade will be more solid and contain very little filler.
- Standard also know as second grade will contain more filler.
- Commercial also know as third grade will contain much more filler.
So it goes without saying that premium is the one to go for ,
Premium grade travertine will also have less black or grey discolouration and will have a more uniform appearance.
Travertine comes in two types of cut patterns. Vein cut travertine is often seen on table tops. Cross cut travertine is better for flooring tiles as it is stronger.
A Guide to Travertine
Travertine is a beautiful sedimentary rock – a deposit of calcium carbonate from supersaturated water. In limestone caves many of us will have seen this hanging from the top of ceilings or flowing down walls in forms known as stalagmites or stalactites. Well known exampled in the UK include the caves at Cheddar Gorge and the Wookey Hole caves in Somerset. There are many examples across the world but one of the most spectacular is the Rainbow caves in Guilin, China.
The most widely used and known Travertine for building uses comes from an area in Italy and is known as ‘travertino di Tivoli’. It is famed as the material used for building the Colosseum in Rome.
Today Travertine comes from many places all around the world and is widely used as a material in construction. It is found as pillars, paving, cladding, walls, flooring, patios and many other architectural applications. It is also used for washbasins, sculptures, table tops and other decorative features.