Natural stone, like travertine and sandstone, is a great material for both indoor and outdoor use. It is easy to think that stone is just tough and does not need any care. Stone does need care, but good stone sealing will not only make your stone and travertine last longer but look better as well.
What is Travertine
Travertine is a form of limestone formed from calcium carbonate deposits found in or near hot springs or limestone caves. Builders have been using it for centuries, making it one of the most popular types of stone. The Colosseum in Rome is built almost completely out of travertine. Modern buildings like the Getty Center and the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) make use of travertine as well. Until the 1980s, most travertines came from Italy. Since then, Turkey, Mexico, China, Peru, and Spain have become suppliers. The majority of travertine in the US now comes from Turkey.
What is Travertine Used For
Travertine is both durable and elegant, making it popular for many applications both indoors and outside. Common uses include flooring, countertops, backsplashes, shower and tub surrounds, fireplace surrounds, outdoor pavers for patios and walkways, driveways and pool decks and copings. It can be polished or left rough. Honed travertine is the most popular finish. This involves filling the natural holes and crevices in the stone and then sanding it to a smooth, matte look finish. For outdoor flooring and some décor uses, tumbled travertine is also popular.
Our Travertine Color Enhancement Process
We make stone sealing easy. Not only does the sealing process restore the look of your travertine, but it also keeps it looking great. There are a few easy steps. Please note, that this process is intended for unpolished travertine.
1) One of our certified technicians will check your surfaces and make sure that our color enhancement process is the service you need.
2) The area is sanitized. Stains and debris are removed.
3) A combination of professional pressure washing, and soft washing is performed to make sure the surface is free of cleaning solvents or acids.
4) The technicians replace any sand that was lost during the cleaning process.
5) Ure-Seal Stone Sealant is professionally applied.
6) Area is left to dry.
The sealant normally dries in about 2-3 hours in sunny areas and can be opened to foot traffic in 2-3 hours. The surface needs 24-36 hours to cure, so vehicles should be kept off of it during t time.
Travertine Sealant Maintenance
After the stone sealing process is complete, care is very easy. The sealant reduces mold and mildew and protects the surface. Periodic washing with plain water will keep the travertine looking great. Acids, gasoline, hydraulic fluids, and motor oil spills should be removed from the surface as soon as possible.
Whether it’s stone sealing to provide durability and long-lasting results, pressure washing for all of your exterior surfaces, outdoor algae control, or services for both residential and community buildings, Allied Roof Cleaning is the place to call. We are committed to making sure our work is top quality, no matter which service you choose. We are Southwest Florida’s number one choice for roof cleaning, pressure cleaning, and sealing, and we would like to be your number one choice as well. If you’re still questioning why you need Allied Roof Cleaning, visit our website to learn more!