Travertine Tile Flooring

Travertine Tile Flooring

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.


Custom Granite Countertop Fabrication

Custom Granite Countertop Fabrication

Our craftsmen are truly artists, able to create any pattern or edge detail using state of the art fabrication machines, or doing it the traditional way to get you the kinds of design that machines can’t make.

Granite kitchen countertop
Black Galaxy Granite Kitchen Countertop

Homes are not the same, and tastes are not the same. We can offer design options and deliver them in the highest quality because of our own personal experience in the field of granite installation, but also in the crews we manage. Know that not only is your project in great hands, but we are able to do just about anything you imagine for your home.

Limitations do exist if time is an issue for you, as was for many investors in the housing boom only a few years ago. If you have the time, we will take the time to ensure you exceptional quality. We hope you will refer us, and continue to use us as other projects arise.

Granite is a wonderful material for kitchen countertops, and Marble Design Center of Orange County should be your choice in Southern California, with references in Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clement, and all the surrounding areas.

Give us a call at 949.456.0236 and ask for Ben!

Stone Care – Granite Kitchen Counter Tops

Although granite is the strongest natural stone material that you can install in your home, it is still a natural material. As such, there are a few things you should be aware of to make sure the material remains as beautiful as the day you installed it.

The simple solution: make sure you seal it properly.
Using granite and natural stone counter top sealer will add protection against staining, as well as help keep the stone conditioned for shine. Granite is also porous, and sealing it properly will offer resilience against the material absorbing oils, or being damaged by acids.


A Little More Depth
Yes, natural materials are porous, and granite is no exception. Pores can absorb liquids and oils, and once the stain is in, it is impossible to get out.

Do NOT take a pot or pan that has hot, sizzling grease dripping from it and lay it on your granite surface. The combination of heat and oil could penetrate the granite, especially if it’s been a while since the last time you sealed. A hot tea kettle, or pan with no grease or oil that will interact with the granite is fine; granite is highly resilient to heat.

Granite is the property of dramatic color and pattern, so stains are hidden easily and rarely seen. Proper care will ensure that they don’t occur at all – seal your natural stone!


What Should You Clean With?
Try not to use anything acidic. We cringe when people tell us that they have been using certain materials to clean their natural stone surfaces, but many of our customers are comfortable with habit. More often than not, we hear them say “I’ve been cleaning with this for years. It’s fine.”  We prefer soap, and water. Very little soap…mostly just water.


No Worries!
Although it is not as hard as diamonds, granite is super strong! It is VERY unlikely that you will find a way to scratch it. Go ahead and cut on the surface if you like; we recommend using a cutting board to preserve the integrity of your sharp knives.


Sealing Process
So how is it sealed? Make sure your surface is clean. In my own home, I wipe it down with a sponge at night and give it 10 minutes to dry. I tend to do this at night before going to bed. Then grab your preferred natural stone sealer (specific to granite counters and surfaces) and damped a dish towel. Make sure to wipe down the entire counter area, including back splash, covering all surfaces. Go to bed and wake up the next morning with a sealed granite counter top or vanity top.

How often should you do this? I do it once a year, though some high traffic kitchens could use sealing once every six months.

You don’t need to do with for fireplace surrounds, though it’s so easy, you might as well.
Have More Questions?
Contact us at Marble Design Center of Orange County for more information on taking care of your natural stone granite kitchn counter top or bathroom vanity tops.