How to Set a French Pattern Travertine

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How to Set a French Pattern Travertine
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Travertine is a white or light-coloured rock used for building. Since Roman times, travertine has been a popular building material; the Roman Colosseum was constructed primarily of travertine. The nature of travertine allows it to be used in diverse ways throughout the home, including interior and exterior settings. Travertine tiles add a finishing touch to any floor or wall project and are available in numerous patterns and colours. A French pattern in travertine tiles indicates that tiles are cut into different sizes and utilised in one space. This allows for a unique floor or wall space.

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Things you need

  • French pattern travertine tiles
  • Wet saw
  • Thinset mortar
  • Trowel
  • Sanded grout
  • Travertine tile sealer

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  1. 1

    Measure and calculate the surface area of your project to determine how many tiles you will need.

  2. 2

    Lay the tiles out in the project area and adjust if necessary. Trace the tiles with a pencil. This will help determine tile placement as you apply mortar.

  3. 3

    Spread mortar carefully with your trowel and press tiles into place. Leave about 1/8 inch between each tile so that you will have enough space to grout.

  4. 4

    Use the wet saw to cut the travertine tiles to fit around walls and appliances as needed.

  5. 5

    Allow the tiles to set and the mortar to dry.

  6. 6

    Apply sanded grout between the tiles. This is a necessary step that will help keep the tiles from moving.

  7. 7

    Apply the sealer to the travertine tiles after the grout has dried. Sealer helps protect the porous surface of the travertine from stains.

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