Travertine Tiles Dictionary

Below is a list of the common terms typically used in the travertine and natural stone industry. Hopefully, it can be a helpful guide to help you understand stone lingo. You can use the navigation on the left to take you to the definitions.

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Used in tiling to stick the tiles onto a floor or wall surface. At Travertine Warehouse, we sell many tile adhesives to help you get the job done properly. Contact us if you need advice choosing appropriate adhesive for your travertine tiles >>


Bullnose pool coping is when the pool facing side of the tile has been ground to a rounded, bevelled edge. This is a great option for pool coping as the rounded edges make it easier to dive from the edge of the pool as well as grip onto when getting out of the pool.

Coping (Pool)

 A specific pool stone tile used to cover and protect the pool wall. If you are installing a pool, you must use pool coping around the edge of your pool to hold and protect the pool shell. Pool coping is vital to stop the water from going behind the pool shell.

Additionally, pool coping visually zones the pool area from the rest of the outdoor area. Renovators use pool coping tiles as a decorative feature to enhance the overall look of their pool and make it look more inviting.

Also, you can choose a variety of travertine pool coping styles including bullnose, drop face and tumbled edges.

Travertine is an ideal stone to use for pool coping due to its slip resistance and cool to touch surface. At Travertine Tiles Warehouse, we stock a wide variety of pool coping. Browse our range of travertine pool coping >>


Drop Face (aka. Rebate)

 An L-shaped style stone pool coping tile that creates a right angle lip surrounding the edge of the pool. These pool coping tiles are also known in the stone industry as rebate tiles. Our drop face pool coping comes in a variety of colours and sizes. Additionally, you can choose from different drop depths from our range. Browse our range of travertine pool coping >>

Travertine pool coping tiles and pavers
An example of travertine drop face pool coping. See the product >>



A white power-like substance that appears on the surface of the stone. When the stone’s salts come to the surface by water efflorescence appears when the water evaporates. To remove, vacuum or dry sweep the surface of the tiles. Make sure you don’t use any water when cleaning it as this could make the efflorescence worse.



French Pattern

 A distinct tile pattern compiled from 400x400mm, 600x400mm, 400x200mm and 200x200mm sized square and rectangular shaped travertine tiles. This is a popular and striking look for flooring in the home and for tiled outdoor areas. See the full range of French Pattern tiles >>

noce travertine french pattern unfilled and tumbled tiles
The classic French Pattern in the colour Noce. View the full product here >>



 Tile grout is an essential paste used to fill in the space between tiles. Grout fixes each tile into place. It is usually made as a paste formed from cement and can come in sanded and unsanded varieties. At Stone And Slate Discounts, we stock a large variety of grout to choose from that are available in different colours and consistencies. Feel free to give us a call if you need advice in choosing the most appropriate grout for your travertine tiles: (03) 9706 9767




When travertine tiles have been ground to create a flat, even veneer.


Honed and filled

This refers to travertine tiles being honed (so its ground flat) and the natural holes have been filled so there are no voids in the tile. We recommend using honed and filled travertine tiles for indoor applications such as the kitchen, bathroom, family room and laundry. Being filled allows for easy cleaning due to the smooth surface without dirt getting caught in the voids.





Flat stone tiles arranged on the ground in a pattern known as paving. They are typically used in gardens and other outdoor applications to create pathways.









A solid rock formed over millions of years. Find out more about travertine stone…Find out more about travertine >>







Tumbled and unfilled




Tumbled and unfilled travertine tiles mean they are crafted to display their most natural characteristics. As a result, all the holes and voids are bare in contrast to honed and filled. Renovators choose tumbled and unfilled tiles when they want to exemplify a rustic, antique look in the space.











A tile sealer is used as a protective layer to preserve the premium lustre of travertine tiles. However, this is not necessary for some tiles as they may have been pre-sealed. To test if your travertine tiles need sealer, simply drop some water on them and see if gets absorbed by the tiles. Tile sealers are typically available as a water based or petroleum base. We also sell tile sealers. For more advice on sealers, feel free to give us a call: (03) 9706 9767







Stack stone (or stackstone)




Stack stone is a popular surface covering used to add interest and natural dimension to a wall or surface area. It is easily applied like a tile to a vertical surface. Find out more about our travertine stack stone >>







Wall Cladding




A stone layer that is used as a decorative surface cover. Commonly, it is used to enhance the appearance of a building or to create a feature wall. See our travertine wall cladding available >>




The Travertine Dictionary (Updated 2019)
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The Travertine Dictionary (Updated 2019)
Everything you need to know (and nothing you don't) about travertine stone. All the useful terms that will help you understand this beautiful and incredibly versatile stone for your tiles and pavers is right here...
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