Marble is a beautiful stone, with color combinations and patterns that only nature could imagine. The stone is a metamorphic stone, giving it the “swirling” and veining patterns that make the stone unique. It is also able to take on a high polish, and is used often on floors, shower walls, and even kitchen countertops.
Marble is available in many finishes, including polished, honed, and tumbled. The most popular installation in the home is with polished marble. Many use a tumbled marble outdoors, allowing a greater variety of color than other traditional materials. Marble is also often used as an accent material, in combination with travertine in floors, or within mosaics.
Marble is one of the softer natural stone materials used for these purposes, and is susceptible to scratching. It is also quite porous, which makes it vulnerable to staining. Don’t let this dissuade you from using it in your home. Marble has been used as a building material for ages, and much of the capitols of the world are built in and clad in marble. Simple make sure that you understand the stone and how to care for it, and marble will offer you beauty and elegance for years to come.
There are also alternative finishes of the stone that will help introduce the color you want in your home without the worry of wear.For example, a tumbled marble tile installed in a bathroom floor, or as accents on the floor. A common installation of marble in the kitchen is on the island, and we often use honed marble for this purpose.
Also remember, certain surfaces receive very little traffic. For example, your shower walls. On shower floors, we generally install the tile in 2″ or 4″ squares, concealing damage and also offering better grip on the wet surface.
Marble, with the veins and patterns that give it that natural beauty also does a wonderful job of concealing damage on it’s own. Seal the material once or twice a year and you will have little to worry about. And with such a beautiful material, no vanity top should go without it.
Showers, like many other kitchen and bathroom surfaces are high impact areas in that they receive constant stress. Soaps, detergents, water, and regular traffic offer some obstacles that you should be aware of. Our most popular tile installation since we started working in Southern California has been travertine. The colors are earthy and compliment the feel that many of us Californians enjoy. It is a soft stone, and though it is not as resilient as granite, it is a stronger material than marble.
But don’t let the warning prevent you from getting travertine installed in your shower. Proper care, such as sealing the tile and grout once every 3 or 4 months will prevent staining, as well as keep the natural stone conditioned and looking like new. Just 10 minutes, every few months; not a bad exchange for the beauty of the stone.
Travertine is most commonly installed in a honed finish – a semi-polish that gives the tile a more earthy look and feel. You can find travertine in a tumbled variety, as well as the standard polished tile.
The tile also comes in a variety of sizes. For example, the most common tumbled travertine tiles installed in showers are 4″ x 4″, but you can find them in 6″, 8″, and even larger sizes. If you go with a tumbled tile, you have a little more freedom, as the softer marble tile becomes as resilient a stone.
Another popular tile is polished marble, but not used as frequently.
If you are looking for remodeling your home or doing a new shower installation, Marble Design Center of Orange County is the place for you. We offer demolition as well as installation services in Southern California of showers, mosaics, bath tub surrounds, bathroom floors, vanity tops, and much more.
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Travertine has been a California favorite for a long time. The earthy tones and cool, soft surface makes it ideal for the California heat, but also gives the home a tranquil, natural look. Travertine comes in many cuts and finishes. Here you see a large 18″ x 18″ travertine tile, tight fit installation. The tiles are honed above, but travertine comes in a polished finish, as well as tumbled variety. These tiles are also filled, meaning that the naturally occurring holes in the stone are filled with a cement or resin, and unfilled, allowing a more rustic finish.
Travertine comes from a lot of sources, most popularly Turkey. The stone is similar to a marble in that it is a metamorphic stone, and is found near waterbeds. Because of the high heat and pressure present in the formation of this stone, naturally occurring holes appear as liquids are pushed to the surface and through the stone as it hardens.
Travertine is not as hard as granite, which is used more for commercial purposes and in areas that have high stress, such as a kitchen countertop. It is not as soft as marble, on the other hand, offering greater durability and resistance to scratching and staining on your floor. This allows you to have a natural surface with less maintenance and case, enjoying the benefits of a natural material with less stress of caring for it. This does not mean you should neglect it! Seal all natural surfaces once or twice a year depending on traffic.
If you are looking for natural stone travertine fabrication or installation for your floor in Orange County, California, then contact the Marble Design Center of Orange County for your free estimate.