Monday, 7 November 2016

Add Curb Appeal to the Front of Your Home with Travertine Pattern Tiles

Your home’s exterior can affect people’s perception of you as a homeowner. To make sure that their first impression of your home is always good, consider changing ordinary concrete and brick walkways or your driveway to natural stone like travertine. The use of travertine tiles may be uncommon outdoors, but they can be applied properly in the form of pavers. Like their tile counterparts, travertine pavers are durable and will add curb appeal to the front of your home. Travertine tiles and pavers come in many different patterns and colors. The Versailles or French pattern is one type of travertine pattern that you can consider if you want to create an elegant exterior for your home.

The French travertine pattern is also known as the Ashlar or Roman pattern, and pavers that come in this design can be used in many different outdoor applications to achieve a bespoke, bold, and elegant look. French pattern travertine pavers can give a luxurious and classy appearance to any large paved area, including your driveway. Seasoned suppliers of natural stone tiles offer these pavers in four different sizes: 16”x24”, 16”x16”, 8”x16”, and 8”x8”. Consider calling the supplier to speak with its natural stone specialists who can help you create the best pattern of interlocking pavers or travertine tiles to create the look that you want. You can order free samples, too, so you can see exactly how a certain travertine pattern will look on your home.

Apart from French travertine pattern, you can find travertine tiles and pavers in other styles and finishes that can transform the way your property looks. Create walkways or driveways that are less prone to accidents using tumbled edge travertine pavers, or make your front porch more attractive and welcoming with chiseled edge travertine pavers. Travertine is a natural stone, so you can always create one-of-a-kind paving and flooring designs with different grains and textures.

Add Character and Charm into Any Living Space with Travertine Tiles

The kitchen and the living room are among the most commonly used areas in the home for many different activities, so it makes sense to ensure that it looks good and conducive for family and guests. Adding charm and character to a living space should be easy with a few simple decorations, better furniture, and accessories, but these could easily become outdated and may need to be replaced sooner. If you focus on improving your flooring, can add a lasting character and charm into any living space, especially if you use travertine tiles.

Travertine is a natural stone that is durable and capable of lasting for generations. Think of the ancient structures that were created using travertine and are still being adored today, like the Roman Colosseum, Tonto Natural Bridge near Payson, Arizona, and the buildings in the city of Hierapolis in Turkey. Hence, you can be sure that you are installing flooring that can outlive the trends in interior design and décor, as well as typical flooring options. Moreover, travertine tiles can easily add value to your home and make it look more elegant and sophisticated, even if you change your décor or furniture.

Polished travertine tiles can transform your living spaces from dull to luxurious. The very smooth and buffed surface will make your home look exclusive, like those palatial homes and huge mega mansions of the rich and famous. For a downplayed elegant look, you can go for hone and filled travertine tiles, which provide a smoothed surface without the glossy look. In case you are unsure which finish is best for your home, consider getting in touch with a reputable natural stone supplier to order free samples. They have natural stone specialists available ‘round-the-clock to help you find the right travertine tile that can help you achieve the look that you want in your living space.

Basic Initial Steps to Install Travertine Flooring

Are you interested in buying travertine tiles and installing them yourself? The process can be as simple as installing conventional tiles—provided that your floor or wall is already properly prepared. It’s still best to call in the professionals to ensure that your project is done quickly and correctly. But if you insist on DIY travertine flooring installation, here are some tips to keep in mind. We can only cover the initial preparation step in this blog. 

1. Buy the right tools. You will need the following:

·         Screwdriver
·         Hammer
·         Wet saw with diamond blade
·         1/2-inch cement fiberboard
·         Floor leveling compound
·         Straightedge tool
·         Spackling compound
·         Utility knife
·         Thinset mortar
·         Fiberglass mesh tape
·         Chalk line
·         Notched trowel
·         Carpenter’s level
·         Carpenter’s angle
·         Spacers
·         Grout
·         Grout float
·         Sponge
·         Sealer
·         Soft cloth

2. Check the floor and ensure that it is leveled. Get rid of any protrusions. Are there any screws or nails? Be sure to set them below the surface. You will need to apply floor leveling compound on your floor (or spackling on your wall) to correct uneven areas. Let them dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. For wooden walks and subfloors, attach 1/2-inch cement fiberboard. Cut the fiberboard by setting a straight edge tool on top of it and drawing a utility knife along the edge. Be sure to space fiberboards about 1/4-inch apart. Also, leave a 1/4-inch gap around the room’s perimeter. Stagger all joints.

4. Add water to thinset mortar until it’s similar to the consistency of mashed potatoes. You then spread the thinset on your wall or floor so you can set the fiberboards into it. To ensure that the all or the floor remains level, don’t forget to use a carpenter’s level during setting.

5. Seal the seams using fiberglass mesh tape embedded in a very thin layer of thinset. Use the smooth side of the towel to smooth the tape in place.

6. It’s time to add screws around the perimeter of each cement fiberboard piece as well as in the middle of each piece. Be sure to space the screws about 8 inches apart.