What is Turkish Travertine
Turkish Travertine pros and cons
Turkish travertine stands for attractive prices and a variety of options. These advantages can be explained primarily by the large deposits of travertine in Turkey. However. You can find out why Turkish travertine natural stone is better then Italien travertine.
What are the differences between Turkish and Italian Travertine
Turkish travertine is one of the most popular types of natural stone alongside Italian. Italy was once the land of travertines and marbles. For many lovers, it has remained in their minds as “THE” land of natural stones. But the fact is that Turkey has long overtaken Italy as a natural stone exporter. Turkish travertine is in demand worldwide today and Turkey tops the list of exporting countries with 6,467 tons per year. China and the USA are the main buyers of Turkish natural stone, close followed by European customers such as France, Germany, and England. But what are the differences between the two countries?
Almost 50 percent of Travertine mined in Denizli Denizli, the center of the country. Romans already used Turkish travertine to build entire cities, making it a common building material in Turkey and it still is today. The natural stone is often traded under the names of antique marble. Further mining areas located in western Anatolia.
Turkish travertine hardly differs visuall from Italian travertine, but it does at price. As with branded products, you have to dig deeper into your pocket for the “Italian” label. Quality, but, there is no difference between natural stones from both countries. You don’t have to do without a unique natural stone feeling for any of the travertine varieties.
Turkish travertine is convincing, and not only in Europe. The USA and China have discovered the advantages of Turkish travertine.
Turkish Travertine is a trend
Experts in the natural stone industry from Italy and Turkey are currently confirming two trends. First, travertine demand is increasing in Turkey, while Italien Travertine is not a choice anymore.
5 important consumer questions
1. What are the advantages of Turkish travertine?
The Turkish travertine, like the well-known travertine from Italy, comes in different varieties and qualities. There is, therefore, no “one travertine from Turkey”. Instead, as with all countries of origin, care must be taken to ensure the right Charge and quality. The popularity of Turkish travertine results primarily from the excellent price/performance ratio and the large selection of varieties and colors. The Turkish quarries deliver a wide range from deep brown to medium or light beige tones.
2.Where can the stone installed?
Turkish travertine can be used almost anywhere in the home and garden. The use as a floor or wall tile indoors and as a terrace or pool edge tile outdoors is very popular. As always with natural stone, the decisive factor is the right laying and the right material thickness. In countries with frost, outer panels are usually installed with a material thickness of 3 cm (in southern European regions also with 1 or 2 cm panel thickness), the inner tiles maybe 1 or 1.2 cm thick. When laying, pay attention to tile adhesives suitable for natural stone. In addition, the butterfly floating process is recommended indoors if the stones have strong pores. Outside, travertine is mostly laid using the unbound method. It is particularly important to ensure that water does not build up and can flow away easily.
3.Is Turkish travertine really frost-proof?
Experience shows: Yes! Travertine slabs are laid in large quantities outdoors, with no complaints of frost damage in the market if they are laid correctly. Nevertheless, it is advisable to obtain the assurance from your natural stone dealer that your stones will be tested for frost resistance by independent testing institutes. Here, the testers take sample cubes of the stone and suspend the various “stress tests”. Our natural stone slabs are both subjected to precise internal frost tests and externally tested. As already mentioned above, it can never be emphasized enough: The best protection against frost damage is the right installation. Water that flows away easily due to the correct inclination (at least 3% gradient) and does not remain in the pores or openings of the stone cannot easily explode the stone when it freezes. Lay the natural stone on fine grit and you can look forward to winter with ease.
4.Which surface treatment is right for my travertine?
The most common surface treatments for travertine from Turkey are “tumbled” and “sanded” and “sanded and filled”. The tumbled surface and the sanded surface are particularly suitable for outdoor use, where slip-resistance is particularly important. The cut should then be sufficiently coarse. Inside, all three surfaces mentioned at the beginning come into play. The surface “polished and filled” is often particularly popular here, since the travertine-typical pores can no longer be seen and the stone looks a bit more elegant. A travertine specialist knows that the surface effect can also be varied via the number and size of the holes or pores typical of travertine. If the stone has many large pores, it looks more rustic and, conversely, more modern.
5.What do I have to consider before buying?
Three things are particularly important when buying Turkish travertine: First, there are different selections; the “strictest selection” is the one with the fewest pores and the least color fluctuations between the stones of a delivery. In the opposite case, the selection is “color wilder”, has many deepening and is then often referred to as “commercial”. Buyers should know what selection is offered to compare the price. Secondly, it should be noted that travertines that have been puttied do not remain maintenance-free forever. After years or decades, it is normal for the fillers to have to be serviced and, for example, openings that have been created to be closed again with epoxy resin. Thirdly, you as a customer should plan and prepare the installation carefully. Travertine has special properties that must be taken into account when laying. Therefore, the publisher should have explicit experience with travertine and prove it. If you install the floor yourself, you should definitely have the dealer explain the installation procedure – for example, you have to know that open-pore travertine is also grouted into the holes during the grouting process.