Travertine Sealing

Travertine is riddled with interconnected capillary channels that permit penetration by liquids. These porous channels act like a sponge, and capillary action draws in liquids over time, along with any dissolved salts and other solutes. Very porous stone, such as Travertine, absorbs liquids relatively quickly. Properly sealing your travertine and shell lock paver tiles will prevent the penetration of liquids such as oils, spilled drinks, chemicals and other liquids, as well as deterring mold buildup and staining from irrigation rust, rust from patio furniture, stains from other debris, as well as stabilizing joint sand preventing tiles from becoming loose, unsafe & wobbly, while also creating an impenetrable barrier for weed and mold growth between the joints. Additionally, our sealers increase the tensile strength by up to 30%, retarding cracking or chipping, as well as enhancing the natural beauty of this wonderful stone.

The word ‘travertine’ is derived from the Italian travertino, itself a derivation of the Latin tiburtinus ‘of Tibur’. Its namesake is also the origin of Tivoli, a district near Rome.

Why Seal Travertine?

Travertine is limestone, which is a very porous material, susceptible to all kinds of staining and marking. Oil, grease, and rust are nearly impossible to remove because they are so easily absorbed. Unsealed travertine retains water for long periods, creating an ideal situation for mold and mildew to grow.

  • Protects against the intense Florida sun and other natural elements.
  • Protects travertine tiles from oil, rust and other stains
  • Inhibits weed growth, insect intrusion, and mildew.
  • Enhances the look of the travertine, adds curb appeal & value to your home.
  • Provides Structural Integrity by locking the jointing sand in place.
  • ALL IN A 1 DAY PROCESS! Using the revolutionary Ure-Seal brick paver sealing system, we are able to clean, re-sand & apply 3 coats of sealer ALL IN THE SAME DAY! Giving you less down time to get back in the pool  or have your car back in the garage within 48 hours
  • 3-year warranty (With Ure-Seal travertine sealant only)

Our Travertine Sealing Process:

You will notice right away the level of attention to detail our crews bring out to every job but also the additional benefits we offer that other companies cannot, for the same price or often less than the competition. We are also one of the only companies in Central Florida that applies 3 coats of Ure-Seal travertine sealer on every job!

  • Thorough power washing
  • Specially blended, cleaned sand
  • 3 Liberal coats of Ure-Seal travertine sealer
  • Non-slip polymer additive on 3rd coat
  • 3-year warranty with years of life beyond of durability
  • ALL IN 1 DAY PROCESS!

So What is Travertine?

Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems. It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material.

Travertine is a terrestrial sedimentary rock, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from solution in ground and surface waters, and/or geothermal heated hot springs. Similar (but softer and extremely porous) deposits formed from ambient-temperature water are known as tufa.

When it is manufactured as tiles or slabs, travertine is generally filled with cement and polished or honed. with open pores or cravats left behind.

Why Choose Us Over a Competitor or Doing it Yourself?

Those open pores and cravats that formed naturally in travertine can easily fill with water or contaminants if not properly sealed by a company with a lot of experience in the sealing of travertine, once the coating dries with those pits filled with sealer, you will be left with a surface that looks like someone filled all of those little pits with Elmer’s glue, often times voiding your warranty from your supplier and leaving you with a costly expense to strip that sealer, which is extremely difficult to do on travertine without damaging the delicate substrate.

As travertine is not as common as brick pavers, most of our local competitor paver sealing companies don’t have much experience sealing this complicated surface. Over the years, we have sealed a lot of travertine(and counting), in both commercial and residential applications. In that time, as you can imagine, we have mastered the technique behind properly applying travertine sealant in all imaginable forms.

We highly discourage homeowners attempt to seal their travertine surfaces themselves, as even most local experienced paver sealing companies struggle with this process.

Will travertine or shell lock pavers become slippery once sealed?

Absolutely

A common question asked by those interested in installing travertine is “how slippery is travertine tile?” This question is open to interpretation and opinion and can be affected by a number of factors.

There are some general rules that can be applied to how slippery different travertine finishes are in relation to one another. Considering the “static coefficient of friction” (SCOF), which in layman’s terms is a description of the force required to move a stationary object in relation to the condition of the surface on which that object stands, will help inform you on the slipperiness of a travertine tile.

Since the factors that impact SCOF ratings include force, footwear, and surface condition, it’s important to consider each of these when deciding who to hire and make sure they apply shark grip.

Judging a surface for slip potential

For architects, contractors, builders, and anyone else that may need to specify a certain level of friction of building materials for legal reasons, there are a number of scientific tests to determine an SCOF value. A minimum value of .50 is generally considered to be the minimum safety requirement for slip resistance and is the recognized minimum standard for slip resistant tiles in courts of law in the United States.

Different travertine tile finishes will have different coefficients of friction, making them more or less slippery:

  • Polished travertine tiles have the most slippery finish, providing the lowest SCOF value, generally in the .40 to .50 range.
  • Honed travertine tiles are less slippery, offering the next highest SCOF rating in a range of .40 to .60, although a finely honed finish will approach the SCOF of polished travertine tiles.
  • Textured finishes like tumbled and brushed are the least slippery finishes with an SCOF rating in the .50 to .70 range.

While these are general rules, they should only be treated as guidelines. Currently, SCOF measurement is not an exact science – the same test methods on the same tiles often do not produce the exact same numbers. Also, different testing methods on the same tiles can often produce a different coefficient of friction numbers. Despite all of this, progress is being made in refining and inventing better ways of measuring the coefficient of friction for different floor tiles.

Slippery when wet

The SCOF tests have been traditionally done on dry surfaces because it was assumed that all flooring surfaces, when wet, would be significantly below the minimum suggested SCOF of .50. But, one of the environmental factors that can influence SCOF is wetness, the most common source of this being water. Travertine tiles are slippery when wet, just as most glazed ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, marble tiles, and granite tiles are.

Just as a source of wetness can decrease an SCOF rating, some sealers can increase the SCOF rating of tile flooring. There are many “non-slip” coatings which can be applied to natural stone tiles that will increase their SCOF rating. Applying a “Non-slip” coating or sealer can raise the SCOF by .10 to .30, depending on the product.

 

Our polymer additive has a finished texture which is comparable to a very fine grit sandpaper. Allowing your bare feet to be able to grip, without slipping and without scuffing the bottoms of your feet up!

Estimates are always free, you have literally nothing to lose by filling out an online request for a free estimate form or by calling our experts to come out and give you a no-hassle estimate. If you still insist on sealing your pavers yourself, feel free to call us for professional advice and guidance along the way.

9o% of our estimates are able to be given based off a satellite imagery program we pay to use, which combines 5 different imagery programs that update every 4 months, which allows us to take actual square footage measurements of your driveways, pool decks, and patios. Even allowing us to see underneath overhangs! This makes our overhead expenses lower as we are able to give precise and exact quotes with this program –  giving you a time block like most companies schedule for their estimates and will either show up late or not at all.

You have nothing to lose at all to get a quick quote! Most quotes will be emailed to our customers the same day of the request with a very detailed description of our process along with links to all of the products that we would be using.

 

 

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