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Why Does The Cut Make A Difference With Travertine?

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travertine tileWhen you come into the showrooms at Éco Dépôt to look at travertine tile, there will be some distinct differences in the patterns the stone displays. This is because of the way that travertine is formed in the earth and then cut in the quarrying process.

The Formation of Travertine

Layers of calcium carbonate mixed with whatever is in the area permeated by bubbling hot springs of minerals and gas, travertine is a stone with character. The layers of different materials give coloration and even some fossilization. The gasses create a porosity of many small cavities. Crystalization adds to the beauty of this natural stone.

The Cutting of Travertine

The layering of this stone mean that there will be a different look depending on the way it is cut. Cutting along the layers from the side is similar to cutting the length of a tree and will yield stone that looks like wood grain with long striations of color.

Cutting across the layers, or grain, of the stone provides the most common look for travertine tile, a more uniform mottling of color. Both cuts will have the characteristic pores and either be filled to make a smooth surface or allowed to remain in the natural textured state.

Choosing the Right Travertine Tile For You

Because travertine has so many variations, it is important that you select a tile that is appropriate for the location where it will be installed. It’s also important that you are informed about any sealant schedule or maintenance needs so there are no surprises later.

Be sure to lay your natural stone tiles out completely to make sure you have enough and you like the way it looks — whether you choose the cross-cut or the striated there will be changes in the tiles as they are cut from the original chunk of rock in the quarry.

Come in to one of the three showrooms in Montreal and see which cut of travertine you prefer. We will be happy to answer all your questions about tile and help you select the best tiles for your next project.