Over the years I’ve completed many tile projects. Over that time I’ve learned a lot about the finer points of tile-setting. For instance, when working with tumbled travertine, it’s a good idea to sort the tiles into grades.
Tumbled travertine can have pretty wild variances in shape and quality within the same lot. It’s not unusual to find several pieces that are partially or completely unusable.
Also, when installing tumbled travertine, it’s very important to “pre-seal” the travertine before grouting, otherwise the grout will “soak” into the porous travertine and create a permanent grout haze that looks bad and cannot be removed.
Travertine tile is a beautiful upgrade and is often found in many high-end homes. Be sure the people installing your tile care enough about you and your home to do a quality job. Done right, it will look gorgeous for years to come.