About Tiles

TRAVERTINE TILES

Travertine is a sedimentary rock and a natural chemical precipitate of carbonate minerals; typically aragonite, but often recrystallized to or primarily calcite. Travertines are deposited from the water of mineral springs (especially hot springs) or streams saturated with calcium carbonate. When pure, travertine is white but often is brown to yellow due to impurities caused by the minerals it contains.
 
As old an option it is for a sturdy and reliable building material, travertine tiles remain to be a highly diverse natural stone, suitable for all kinds of applications. Travertine tile is used as floor tile in both residential and commercial settings, as well as a decorative option for wall cladding and backsplashes. This stone tile has both indoor and outdoor uses, being a durable stone, and can be both functional and aesthetically striking.

 

Stone Tile Market has 3 different range in Travertine Tiles Honed or Polished and Filled;

Elagante Range:

Travertine Ivory Premium Honed/Filled
Travertine Murano Resin Filled Polished

 Hand-picked selection from Premium Range. Colour is very pale and consistent. It has almost no holes.

 Premium range:

Travertine Light Premium Honed/Filled
Travertine Padova Honed/Filled
Travertine Walnut Honed/Filled 

None of premium travertine tiles of this grade will have large holes that were filled. It has consistent colour and shade selection. 

Standard/Classic Range:

Travertine Chiaro Honed/Filled

It is budget range of travertine tiles. There is moderate colour and shade variation from tiles to tiles.
They have holes that were filled. Additionally, some holes may be filled through the full thickness of the tile.

Travertine Tiles - Finishes and Types

Travertine is removed from the earth in large blocks before it is cut into what can be recognized as travertine tile. It may be cut in any of the following ways:

Cross-cut: The travertine is cut with the grain of the stone bedding and on the same layer as it is formed in the earth. This makes for a more uniform texture and color.

Vein cut: The travertine is cut across several layers of the stone bedding, making for a more mottled, tiger-stripe effect when cut into tiles.
 
After the travertine is quarried, it is strictly selected for color variances, and further assessed after it is cut for holes and chipped edges. Beyond the selection process, the tiles may be subject to any of the following processes:
 
Honed – The surface of the tile is sanded to create a matt finish.
 
Tumbled – The travertine is literally tumbled with gravel and bearings, giving it a rough-hewn, aged appearance.
 
Brushed – A wire brush is used to give the surface of the travertine tile a worn and textured surface
 
Unfilled – Travertine natu

rally has holes and cavities on the surface.
 
Filled – The pores in the travertine tile are filled with colored resin or cement to produce a pristine, solid surface.
 
Polished – The travertine is sanded and polished, producing a shiny look.

Travertine Tiles - Uses

  • Interior and exterior
  • Floors and walls
  • Shower surrounds
  • Fireplaces
  • Vanities

Maintenance

  • Do clean with a dust mop and neutral cleaner to remove most dirt.
  • Do use a penetrating sealer to prevent staining. Because many stones are porous to some degree, excessive water may cause reactions such as oxidation (rust), spalling, deterioration of dry veins, etc. “Special Impregnating” sealers are recommended to avoid these problems. Stone Tile Market representatives can recommend appropriate sealers.
  • Do clean natural stones with “special stone cleaners”, “pH balanced cleaners” or “neutral base cleaners.”
  • Do not clean any natural stone with acidic cleaners, including (but not limited to) vinegar or cleaners with “lemon” or “lime” on the label. These products will abrade the polish from the stone. Sealers DO NOT protect polished surfaces from these types of cleaners.

LIMESTONE TILES

Limestone is a sedimentary stone that consists of seashells and the bones of sea creatures that have settled to the ocean floor. Calcium in the sediment combines with carbon dioxide in the water to form calcium carbonate, the basic structure of all limestone and marble. Limestone contains subtle variations in color and veining as a result of minerals that are present during formation. These naturally occurring variations add to the distinctiveness and beauty of the stone.
 
Limestone is especially popular in architecture, and many landmarks around the world, especially in The UK and Europe, are made primarily of this material.

Limestone Tiles - Finishes and Types

Limestone is removed from the earth in large blocks before it is cut into what can be recognized as travertine tile.

After the Limestone is quarried, it is strictly selected for color variances. Beyond the selection process, the marble may be subject to any of the following processes:

Honed – the surface of the tile is sanded to create a matte finish.

Tumbled – the marble is literally tumbled with gravel and bearings, giving it a rough-hewn, aged appearance.

Brushed – a wire brush is used to give the surface of the marble tile a worn, textured surface.
 
Polished – the travertine is sanded and polished, producing a shiny look.

Limestone Tiles - Uses

  • Interior and exterior
  • Floors and walls (Flooring depends of the strength of the limestone especially for hard foot traffic areas)
  • Shower surrounds
  • Fireplaces
  • Vanities

Maintenance

  • Do clean with a dust mop and neutral cleaner to remove most dirt.
  • Do use a penetrating sealer to prevent staining. Because many stones are porous to some degree, excessive water may cause reactions such as oxidation (rust), spalling, deterioration of dry veins, etc. “Special Impregnating” sealers are recommended to avoid these problems. Stone Tile Market representatives can recommend appropriate sealers.
  • Do clean natural stones with “special stone cleaners”, “pH balanced cleaners” or “neutral base cleaners.”
  • Do not clean any natural stone with acidic cleaners, including (but not limited to) vinegar or cleaners with “lemon” or “lime” on the label. These products will abrade the polish from the stone. Sealers DO NOT protect polished surfaces from these types of cleaners.

MARBLE TILES

Marble is formed from limestone by heat and pressure in the earth's crust. These forces cause the limestone to change in texture and makeup. This process is called recrystallization. Fossilized materials in the limestone, along with its original carbonate minerals, recrystallise and form large, coarse grains of calcite. Impurities present in the limestone during recrystallization, affect the mineral composition of the marble that forms. The minerals that result from impurities give marble wide variety of colours. The purest calcite marble is white. Marble containing hematite has a reddish colour. Marble that has limonite is yellow, and marble with serpentine is green.
Marble is suitable for both interior and exterior applications. It has become an increasingly popular choice for countertops, flooring, fireplaces, foyers, bars, tables, showers, and windows. Its graceful style, ability to reflect light, and ease of cleaning have made it the stone of choice amongst the elite.

Marble Tiles - Finishes and Types

Marble is removed from the earth in large blocks before it is cut into what can be recognized as travertine tile.
After the marble is quarried, it is strictly selected for color variances. Beyond the selection process, the marble may be subject to any of the following processes:
 
Honed – the surface of the tile is sanded to create a matte finish.
 
Tumbled – the marble is literally tumbled with gravel and bearings, giving it a rough-hewn, aged appearance.
 
Brushed – a wire brush is used to give the surface of the marble tile a worn, textured surface.
 
Polished – the travertine is sanded and polished, producing a shiny look.

Marble Tiles - Uses

  • Interior and exterior
  • Floors and walls 
  • Shower surrounds
  • Fireplaces
  • Vanities

Maintenance

  • Do clean with a dust mop and neutral cleaner to remove most dirt.
  • Do use a penetrating sealer to prevent staining. Because many stones are porous to some degree, excessive water may cause reactions such as oxidation (rust), spalling, deterioration of dry veins, etc. “Special Impregnating” sealers are recommended to avoid these problems. Stone Tile Market representatives can recommend appropriate sealers.
  • Do clean natural stones with “special stone cleaners”, “pH balanced cleaners” or “neutral base cleaners.”
  • Do not clean any natural stone with acidic cleaners, including (but not limited to) vinegar or cleaners with “lemon” or “lime” on the label. These products will abrade the polish from the stone. Sealers DO NOT protect polished surfaces from these types of cleaners.

GRANITE TILES

As old as the earth itself, granite is one of the hardest and durable of all building stones. It has been used as a building material for major edifices throughout history, including the Roman Pantheon. Similar to lava, granite is an igneous rock that begins as liquid magma deep within the earth. In many cases, granite originates from the underside of continents or pieces of ocean crust that are melted by intense heat. The extreme pressure in the center of the earth compresses the liquid magma, creating a very dense material with minimal pores. These characteristics make granite’s surface tough and almost impenetrable. Granite emerges at the surface of the earth after eons of natural erosion has removed the overlying layers of older rock. Most granite appears where deeply buried rocks are brought to the surface by movements of the earth’s crust.
 
Further to this, granite tiles and slabs make a great countertop surfaces. Granite tiles are commonly used as highly suitable backsplashes that can add just the right accent to a kitchen installation. For an outdoor installation, on a terrace for instance, or a walkway, unpolished granite tile can add similar visual accent to a property as well as overall value. If you have leftover granite tile pieces after your installation is complete, granite tile can be cut to size and serve as cutting boards, coasters, fireplace surrounds, and a number of other uses limited only be your imagination and sense of practicality.
 

Granite Tiles - Finishes and Types

Granite is removed from the earth in large blocks before it is cut into what can be recognized as travertine tile.
After the granite is quarried, it is strictly selected for color variances. Beyond the selection process, the marble may be subject to any of the following processes: 
 
Flamed – A rough surface created by applying a direct flame source, such as a blowtorch, and burning off portions of the surface minerals.
 
Brushed – a wire brush is used to give the surface of the marble tile a worn, textured surface.
 
Polished – the travertine is sanded and polished, producing a shiny look.

Granite Tiles - Uses

  • Interior and exterior
  • Floors and walls
  • Interior counter tops
  • Exterior building facades

Maintenance

  • Do clean with a dust mop and neutral cleaner to remove most dirt.
  • Do use a penetrating sealer to prevent staining. Because many stones are porous to some degree, excessive water may cause reactions such as oxidation (rust), spalling, deterioration of dry veins, etc. “Special Impregnating” sealers are recommended to avoid these problems. Stone Tile Market representatives can recommend appropriate sealers.
  • Do clean natural stones with “special stone cleaners”, “pH balanced cleaners” or “neutral base cleaners.”
  • Do not clean any natural stone with acidic cleaners, including (but not limited to) vinegar or cleaners with “lemon” or “lime” on the label. These products will abrade the polish from the stone. Sealers DO NOT protect polished surfaces from these types of cleaners.