The best work of the month

14 September 2018

The most beautiful work of August: natural or polished travertine?

The intervention of Cerias Ristrutturazioni experts

The most beautiful work of August leads us to the discovery of a wonderful material, whose beauty and splendor also depends on its sanding: travertine.

Travertine

Travertine is certainly one of the most appreciated materials used to build public and private buildings and constructions. Thanks to its inherent characteristics, in fact, this natural stone lends itself both to the realization and to the decoration of many surfaces, ranging from façade coverings to interior flooring, from urbanization projects to urban furnishing, ending with monuments, sculptures and objects. Extracted for the first time, in the Tivoli quarries, near the famous Via Triburtina, from which it takes its name, the travertine became, starting from the II century BC., the favorite material also for the construction of Roman buildings and monuments. Very appreciated even today, for its particular qualities and for its essential line, travertine is a porous calcareous stone, resistant but at the same time dedicated to processing. The varieties of travertine are many and change according to the amount of the oxides that compose it, they also characterize its color variety that goes from milk white to walnut. Many varieties also boast a varied range of shades of yellow and red.

Travertine sanding: yes or no?

Travertine can be used in a “natural” state but, like all natural stones, it lends itself very well to different types of work that determine its final appearance. The processing that enhances its features is the sanding, because it is able to enhance its texture and color. So if on the one hand, used “pure” without processing, it maintains its characteristic, warm and enveloping appearance, which recalls and transmits an incredible evocative charm in the environments in which it is installed; on the other, the polished travertine emanates a classic elegance that unquestionably illuminates the whole surrounding environment. But to better understand the characteristics and advantages of travertine polishing, let’s discover together the most beautiful work of the month, which sees the pavement of a newly built Christian church in central Italy as the protagonist.

Phases of travertine polishing

The work was carried out by the talented experts of CERIAS RISTRUTTURAZIONI, which for years have been made polishing and sanding on civil, marble, granite, stone and terracotta floors, but also on industrial floors. In this case, specifically, a travertine polishing treatment was carried out on a flooring of 700m², which boasts 4 different types of travertine.  The floor has been completely polished with a matt finish and, to ensure an excellent polishing and a perfect resistance against wear, an anti-stain treatment with ACTIV 3 was carried out: a water and oil repellent protective material for stone materials, essential for a flooring so subject to passage and trampling. The main advantage of travertine sanding in fact, is to make the surface compact, without joints and dentures and with the consequence of making the flooring easier to clean and therefore more hygienic.  ACTIV 3 is an easy and quick product to use, it is applied by spray on the dry surface. Normally ACTIV3 dries in 3 – 4 hours in function of the area. Once the first coat is perfectly dry, the second coat can be applied. Once the travertine sanding and the anti-wear treatment are over, it will remain shiny and polished for a long and long time!  COMPANY WHICH MADE THE WORKS Cerias Ristrutturazioni www.ceriasristrutturazioni.com Fb Cerias Ristrutturazioni Perugia

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