How to Use Travertine as Wall Cladding
Travertine is a special type of tile that is made out of natural stone. This gives the tile a more rustic look when compared to ceramic and other types of tile. Travertine can be used as a wall cladding very easily, and it's also a very durable material. Travertine tiles have a lot of different uses, for both floors and walls. This is a very easy project and shouldn't take more than a weekend, depending on the size of the wall you are cladding.
Step 1 - Preparing the Wall
First, you need to prepare the wall that you want to tile by making sure that it's clean from debris and in good condition. It's also important to calculate how many tiles you will need to buy. Measure the wall with your measuring tape and work out the square footage. Most packs of travertine tiles will have a square footage measurement on the box, which means it's easy to determine how many packs of tiles to buy.
Step 2 - Spreading Adhesive
If you are working with porous bricks you may need to first fix up a cement backboard or use some form of sealant. Adhesive should then be spread on the wall. Try to make this as even as possible. Use the grooved edge of the trowel to create grooves in the adhesive that will help the tiles to stick. Use your tile spacers to keep a gap between each of the tiles. This will make grouting them easy.
Step 3 - Cutting Tiles
If there are any areas of the wall which do not require a whole tile then you should cut the travertine tiles using a wet saw. Try to make as few cuts as possible, as this will make the finished result look much better. For example, if you are cutting around a corner you could make this easier by cutting the tile in half first, but it will create an extra join. Try to carefully use the saw to cut out the section that you want to be removed, as this will create a better looking result.
Step 4 - Sealing
Travertine is made from natural materials, and so needs to be sealed. First, remove all of the tile spacers. Then use specialist sealant to protect it. Travertine is porous, which means it can absorb materials if not treated with the right sealant. This is very easy to apply. Simply paint it on using a roller, and then allow the sealant to dry for a few hours.
Step 5 - Grouting
Use grout to fill the gaps between the travertine tiles. Try to do this as neatly as possible so that you don't have as much to clean off. If you get grout all over the tiles it will be very difficult to remove, and can result in a white tint to the tiles. Use a damp sponge to remove excess grout before it has chance to set.