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Do’s and Don’ts of installing french pattern travertine tiles


Posted  by David


Part of the bathroom remodel my fiance and I have embarked on includes replacing outdated carpet with new tile flooring. My fiance fell in love with and bought the tile he intended to use on the floor four years ago at Stone & Slate Discounts. This is Travertine, a natural tile. I know that there are natural tiles that have variations, but the different color in these tiles was amazing. In fact, when we first opened the boxes and started looking at the variations we almost thought it was too much. Almost.

Oh and if it wasn’t enough that the tiles were varied in color (meaning extra coordination skills for layout) they were also French Pattern. The French pattern uses different sized tiles to create a random look in the layout. It is a unique and interesting departure from the traditional diamond or square tile look. However, I highly recommend laying the tile out before hand if you are doing it yourself. And if you plan to hire someone, make sure they have done this kind of tile layout before, as the French pattern layout can easily go askew as we found out.

We set out with the plan of having three of us working on the tile. One would be making the cuts, another would be overseeing that there was not only a good mix of color throughout the layout, but that the correct sized tile went in the right place. You see, even though it looks like it is random, the French Pattern layout does have a set pattern that must be followed.

Instead of laying out the tiles ahead of time, I incorrectly thought, surely I can figure out how to lay this tile as we go. That was a big mistake. What I did, was to simply follow the French Pattern layout guide that came on the box of tile from Stone & Slate Discounts. While this is a terrific guide, the problem is no floor will be set out to lay one section in full at a time, so it is easy to veer off focus, which is where the design went a little haywire for us.

As we neared the end of the room, I realized something was wrong. Somehow we got off the pattern. Thankfully, we were able to recover and work in some of the remaining tile pieces. Although, there is a section of the bathroom floor that doesn’t follow the French Pattern. Glancing at it, almost no one would ever be able to tell, but I’ll know and that bugs me.

I wish I had known that this was a bit more complex that laying regular tile. I wish we had taken the time to draw a sketch to scale of the layout. But most of all, I wish I had known about Stone & Slate Discounts design experts. Did you know that they will help you plan the design of your remodel for free? Stay tuned where’s I’ll discuss that in an upcoming post.




Travertine Questions Answered

Melbourne, what are Travertine Tiles?

Science Class in Session

When getting ready to purchase natural stone, it is important to know what you are getting. Although it is important to get the look you want, aesthetics should not be the only consideration when making your selection.  Which type of stone is best suited for your application—marble, travertine, granite, limestone, or flagstone? Does the way stone is formed matter when making your selection? Should you purchase stone that is sealed or not sealed?

Don’t worry, Travertine Tiles Melbourne are the stone experts—we are here to sort it all out. In this first in the three-part Science Class in Session series of lessons, we will explain everything you need to know about natural stone. You won’t be graded, as you were in middle school geometry class, but you will learn which stone is best for your project.

We kick off our series this week with a look at one of the most popular stone tiles in Melbourne: travertine.

Its Creation:  Travertine is a sedimentary rock, formed when underground water becomes saturated with limestone. As the rock approaches the surface, it releases gas because of the change in pressure, re-crystallizing and hardening the rock. Carbon dioxide later evades the stone, leaving it pitted and rough.

Travertine Quarry production of block

Where It Is Excavated: Travertine Natural Stone is extracted from quarries around the world, where the stone is dug up and broken down into blocks. The stone is then transported to a factory and cut into slabs, tiles, pavers and mosaics. The most popular travertine is sourced from Turkey.

Travertine Quarry production of block 2

What Makes It Different: Natural color variation and pitting are travertine’s unique characteristics. The pitting creates a rough appearance, and the natural color variation creates the rustic appeal for which travertine is known. Travertine is an excellent choice when you want your project to have a rustic or natural “outdoorsy” appearance. Natural color variations ensure that no two projects will ever look alike.
With lower quality travertine, many factories and installers will choose to fill these holes because of the quantity and size being too great. Other may choose to leave the top open.

Travertine driveway tiles

What Finish Does a Travertine Stone Have: Travertine intended for exterior application is most-commonly left with a tumbled finish, as it is the most skid-resistant of all the finishes and is very durable. Travertine intended for interior application is honed, leaving it with a smooth texture achieved by grinding one side of the unfinished stone.

Sealing the stone is also optional for lower quality stone, more on that on another article.

Melbourne, please feel free to leave any questions or comments, we love to hear from you!

Tips when choosing French Pattern Travertine


Travertine French Pattern –

Melbourne are you are thinking about choosing Travertine french pattern, below you can see the difference between standard sized pavers and french pattern.

French Pattern Template.

Above you can see how french pattern works, The pattern comes in a pack of 12 pavers.

premium travertine french pattern

Glen Iris in Melbourne Travertine ivory french pattern pavers, the french pattern has been used for pool paving with matching 30mm tumbled edge pool coping.

Outdoor Travertine pavers

The project above in Brighton, Melbourne utilised Travertine pavers in a 610x406x12mm. You can see the difference between french pattern and standard sized pavers.

Can I use Travertine around my pool in Melbourne?

Can I use Travertine around my pool in Melbourne?

When choosing your Travertine coping whether it be for a pool, step or any form of capping you will need to ensure if this area is outdoors or not under cover and you have used honed and filled Travertine it will become slippery when wet.
We stock unfilled, tumbled and brushed for pool coping or any outdoor area this product is smooth but non slip due to the holes through out the stone.

Ivory unfilled and tumbled coping and pavers

We only recommended using one surface finish around a pool and that is unfilled, tumbled and brushed due to the surface having holes in it, it makes the stone smooth but non-slip. All Travertine will need to be sealed.

  • Pool Coping is commonly sold in a 30mm bullnose, tumbled or drop face edge.
  • Travertine copers are available in 12mm but you will need to ensure that these coping tiles are laid on a concrete slab.
  • If used and have not correctly been installed on a concrete slab you run the risk of cracking or breaking the coping tiles.
  • Any 30mm Travertine coping can be laid on sand or a concrete slab.
  • All Travertine colors listed above come in a French Pattern.
  • Noce Travertine is a new product at Stone and Slate Discounts.
  • We offer pool coping, step treads, tiles, pavers and french pattern tiles or pavers.

Travertine Finishes:

Polished – The travertine is smoothed and polished to a shiny, reflective surface similar to marble. This finish is most common in commercial applications.
Honed – A honed finish is flat and satiny smooth with a low-shine matte finish. Honed travertine is the most popular choice for home use.
Brushed – Brushed travertine has slightly rough texture and a matte finish. More antique and is less slippery compared to honed or polished finish.
Saw Cut – A flat, very matte finish with no honing or polish. No further finishing after being cut with the wet saw.
Unfilled, Tumbled and brushed – Tumbled Travertine is the most natural finish, resulting in a highly textured finish with no shine and edges that are rounded with a worn appearance that resembles ancient stone. Tumbled Travertine is most often found in outdoor installations.

Travertine Surfaces:

Unfilled – Travertine in its naturally porous state with naturally occurring holes.
Filled – Most commonly, the porous holes in travertine are filled with a mixture of a hardener like cement and dust byproducts from the cutting and honing process for a perfect color match.

Travertine Sizes:

Travertine comes in many different sizes ranging from small pieces suitable for mosaic tiles to large-scale tiles suitable for installation in commercial building lobbies. Since travertine is a natural stone and color depends on the influences of local nature and minerals, not every color will be available in every size. It is more difficult to mine large, consistent pieces from some areas.

Travertine Tiles

When choosing Travertine pavers in Melbourne, whether it be for you home or commercial project, Travertine will always come through with quality and design.

A classic timeless stone that is used around the world.

Travertine Tiles

Above you can see beautiful Honed Ivory Travertine Tiles for a living area in a house in Malvern, Melbourne.

  • Travertine is now affordable for your home. We directly import Travertine from Turkey, because we are directly importing this stone we can give it to you at a discounted rate.
  • For your Travertine pavers we recommend a penetrating sealer. This sealer sits under the surface and does not interfere with the colour or surface in any way. All it does is, any liquid that falls on the Travertine surface will bead, giving you time to wipe the surface clean before it can be absorbed into the Travertine, making it more difficult to stain and easier to clean.
  • The advantage for using Travertine outside your home is that it absorbs water quickly, making it ideal for use around a pool area.
  • Travertine is commonly found in one of three finishes: tumbled ( textured and porous), honed (smooth and matte), and polished (smooth and shiny).
  • Travertine is most popular for building luxury outdoor pool areas. The materials reputation is for being hard-wearing yet beautiful has been known since ancient times.