Thursday, 6 October 2016

What is the difference between Cross Cut and Vein Cut Travertine?


Travertine is a natural stone like Marble, Granite or Slate. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones is in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which are metamorphic rocks. Once characteristics of Travertine is the small holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide bubbling through during its formation.

The vast majority of travertine which you see online or displayed in retail locations such as flooring companies, pool builders and home improvement companies is by default cross cut. This refers to the default way of cutting the travertine blocks which are harvested from the quarry. Pretty much the same applies with tiles emulating the stone! In order to produce vein cut travertine, the travertine blocks are rotated and the cuts take place across the vein. Think of it as cutting a tree. You can cut a tree vertically or horizontally. If you cut it vertically, the veins come out, same with Travertine.

We have a number of Travertine tiles available in both cross cut and Vein cut. Jupiter Vein Cut is a long running success and we have a new beige vein cut we are about to launch called Traverse.  Contact us for more details.

If you have not as yet had a look at Link International's KREM range, check out what we have to offer.


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