While polling real estate agents recently on what buyers really prefer in homes there was a resounding nod towards the use of real stone such as travertine, granite, limestone, etc., over any man-made products available. “Real stone has an inherent value for resale of homes”, states Ronnie Graves of Prudential California. In fact, the #1 question that gets asked by prospective buyers during most home walkthroughs is “Are the floors and countertops real stone?”
Versailles pattern, also known as the French pattern, is currently among the most popular natural stone flooring styles used for both indoor and outdoor flooring in custom residential construction and remodels. The Versailles pattern is trademarked by a four size pattern and is offered in most natural stones including Travertine, Marble, Limestone, and Slate. Natural stone imported from all over the world can be found in this format, especially travertine tile which offers the largest selection of color variations and finishes in the Versailles pattern (French pattern).
Travertine is a banded, compact type of limestone* formed near streams and hot or cold springs where calcium carbonate is deposited and evaporation results in a calcite-rich supersaturated solution. It is one of the most frequently used and sought after natural stones in today’s modern architecture landscape. The process of its formation results in some incredible geological phenomena throughout the world, from Turkey to China to Spain to Guatemala to Yellowstone National Park right here in the United States. These breathtaking occurrences generally take the form of large terraces, pools or “walls," and are indicative of the natural beauty that travertine and limestone possess. Several examples of these pools and terraces are shown below:
Travertine, Marble, Slate, and Limestone provide an unmatched combination of natural beauty, affordability, luxury, and durability for a variety of projects. Generally these materials come in tiles that range from 3/8’’ to 5/8’’ thick depending on the format, making them excellent options for interior applications as well as exterior applications where there is an available concrete surface to install upon and the tile will not be exposed to freeze-thaw cycles.
Before deciding on a natural stone tile for your home or garden, there are a few things you should know about your material and format options. After all, you want to make sure that the stone and the look that you choose is well suited for the application. You will want to know what kind of care it will require, what areas it is designed to cover, and most importantly, if it possesses the durability to last for a lifetime.
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