The travertine tiles are a trendy choice for walls and floors, both indoors and outdoors. They are versatile, timeless and its beauty can transform any space. Whether you want to install them as a kitchen backsplash, or as a floor, you can easily save a lot of money on installation by doing it yourself.

In this article, we are going to share with you a couple of tips, which can help you go through this process as smooth as possible. So, here are the instructions on how to lay travertine tiles.

Quick Disclaimer

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Gather your tools

Before you start this entire process, you will need appropriate tools. The most common tools used for travertine tile installation are a tape measure, a rubber mallet, a power drill and mixing paddle, wax pencil or a marker, a level, a tapping block, a torpedo level.


A chalk line, tile spacers, margin and notched trowel and a wet saw. We understand work requires a lot of additional equipment. But, if you want to do the job, then you should either buy it or borrow it. Keep in mind that the size of the trowel will depend on the size of the mortar bed.

Prepare the surface for the installation

When you are setting up the travertine tiles, the surface needs to be flat and clean. This is why you need to spend some time preparing the surface properly. One of the first steps is removing the old floor covering, such as carpet, vinyl, laminate, old tiles and then replace or repair the sub-floor. Make sure to fix any cracks in concrete or cover them with a high-quality crack suppression system. The rotten woods needs to be replaced or reinforced if needed.

Lay out the tiles before installing them

Yes, you head it right. Travertine is a natural material with a lot of variations. As a result, the tiles need to blend during the installation process, so that all dark places or light one don’t end up grouped unless you want that. Lay the tile our and see how they look. If you have multiple pallets, then work out two or more at once. It is much easier to rearrange everything now, than later when the tiles are permanently set in stone.

Make a midpoint

Whether you are tiling a floor or a backsplash, you should mark a midpoint on the surface. In this case, you are starting with the focal point of the room, and all the tiles will feel symmetrically across. For flooring, you’ll want to mark both the X and Y axis along the floor so you could find the center of the room.

Make sure that travertine and substrate are dry

You cannot install wet travertine. Both tiles and substrate need to be completely dry when you start the installation process. You can also use a white thinset with travertine tile. Keep in mind that travertine is porous and grey of a dark thinset can either darken or tint the stone.

When to seal tiles?

Some experts recommend sealing travertine before and after the installation process, while others suggest before and after the grouting. Both methods are excellent, regardless of which one you select. The most common types of sealers are Enhancing and Natural sealers.