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Travertine Tile Installation Tips

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Travertine is a natural stone tile, imported from many countries all over the world. Installing travertine is much like installing any other tile, though it is important to practice care. The installation steps include: preparation, laying the tile, and grouting it to keep it all together. Travertine can be installed for countertops, flooring, and walls. Installation is considered a medium to high difficulty job, and will require a wet saw is required to cut the tiles to the appropriate size. Other tools and materials to complete the installation will include: Chalk line, tape measure, carpenter’s pencil, power drill with mixing paddle, notched trowel, beater block, rubber mallet, grout float, 4-foot metal straightedge, and a dry-cutting saw.

Floor Preparation

To prepare the floor for the travertine installation:

  • Remove any existing flooring.
  • Repair or replace the sub-flooring.
  • Do a dry test run to layout the tiles and inspect them for defects. This will ensure you have everything planned accordingly and will be able to complete the floor.

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    Installing Ditra Anti-fracture Membrane

    The Ditra Anti-fracture membrane is a type of underlayment designed specifically for stone and marble floors. It is highly recommended to use this type of underlayment because it offers many benefits: uncoupling, water proofing, vapor management, and support/weight distribution.

    Tile Installation

  • If the Ditra anti-fracture membrane is not installed for the underlayment, then it is necessary to install is cement backing to the subfloor.
  • Use a chalk line to mark the tile layout, leaving room for the grout. Make sure the tiles are dry and ready to be installed.
  • Mix the thinset adhesive according to the directions. When it reaches a thick consistency, apply it to the tiles and lay them according to the chalk lines for the layout. Cut tiles to fit the measurements around the edges, using the wet saw.
  • After allowing drying time of up to 24 hours, apply the grout in between the tiles.
  • Installation Tips

  • Wet stones should not be installed. Be sure the stones are completely dry before beginning the installation.
  • When possible, use a white thinset. Gray thinset may bleed, and should be avoided when using a lighter travertine.
  • Be sure the thinset is thick and sticky, with a peanut butter like consistency.
  • Ultraflex II may be used as a thinset.
  • It is better to use a non-sanded grout.
  • It is a good idea to pre-seal the tile to avoid potential staining with mortar.
  • When the installation is complete, seal the tile with the appropriate type of sealer. It is recommended to test the sealer on a small, inconspicuous area of one tile before applying it to the entire installation.
  • Related posts:

    1. How to Repair and Replace Travertine Tile
    2. Travertine Tile For Bathrooms And Beyond
    3. About Travertine Tile

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    Pat March 4, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I Will be setting 24″x24″x1 1/4″ travertine on à 31/2″ thick concrete pad outside, should I use à antifracture membrane if so what kind? Liquide roll on or cloth. There is à pool next to it long with random flagstone. Please advies

    Angel Ortiz May 30, 2014 at 1:06 am

    im planning to tile my house 1650 Sq ft. I plan to instal ceramic tile either 18×18. My question is my subfloor is concrete floring and im worried that there are going to be even spaces throughout the floor, how can i ensure that the subfloor is level throughout, I’ve been told that there is a substance liquid form that you can spread throughout the floor and let it dry. Once dried the floor would be level If this is true what is it called and how long do i have to wait before i start laying the tiles. Appreciate all the help you could offer, Thank you

    Leigh Prieto July 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I have installed Mexican Travertine. How high should the grout between the tiles be? 1/2 way, flush with the top of the tiles????

    Chris July 29, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I need to know more about the Ditra underlayment. Do you need to use mastic or mortar to adhere it to the floor, and do you use screws or nails? Please give me the steps for installing Ditra. also, can the Ditra be bought from Build Direct? What is the size of the underlayment and thickness?

    Can Build Direct sell me the sealer? If no what type of sealer is recommended?

    Is it possible to take a cut edge and make it look chiseled like the rest of the tile?

    Can any materials be returned for refund?

    When starting to lay the tile do you start in the middle of the floor or what is recommended?

    I would appreciate the answers as soon as possible.



    Asha patel August 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I am also considereing ordering chiseled edge tavertine tile and is it any way to make edge chiseled on cut piece of tile

    Vicky August 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    What is the dry cutting saw used for, I don’t see it mentioned anywhere in the directions. I have installed porcelain tile before and never needed one, just nippers.

    Vicky August 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    What kind of sealer do you recommend for rainforest tile?

    john charletta August 28, 2014 at 3:18 am

    I recently bought some travertine tile from you with the antique pattern. my installer is telling me that it won’t be possible to have an 1/8″ grout line between the tiles. He said the only way to lay it is without a space ( butt-joint) and he’s concerned that the tile are not cut accurately to do it that way. can you offer any advice? I’m confused!

    Henry Hill October 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    OUTDOOR FLOOR TILES require 95% (80% indoors, 95% for showers) contact with the thinset in order to avoid water accumulation, freeze/thaw damage, efflorescence, cracked or loosening tiles. This standard is specified by ANSI A108.5 and is endorsed by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).
    The pictures in this article are INCORRECT, as the installer is not leveling the gauge (comb) marks of the trowel. That incorrect practice results in only a 50-60% contact/coverage.

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