flooring - choosing affordablility and quality

flooring - choosing affordablility and quality

How To Cut Travertine Tile

by Sonia Marin

If you plan to install travertine tile flooring, you should know how to cut it to fit around appliances, sinks, vents, and door jambs. Travertine tile is a sedimentary rock that closely resembles marble, except it has a softer texture and more color choices. Here are some tips to cut travertine tile.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • safety goggles
  • work gloves
  • dust mask
  • heavy clothing
  • extensions cords (optional)
  • pencil
  • rags
  • acetone
  • protractor
  • flat work surface with a cutting bar
  • carpenter's level or straight edge
  • angle grinder with diamond blade
  • wet saw
  • travertine tiles

If you don't own a wet saw or angle grinder, check home improvement stores or local tool shops for rentals. The stone-cutting process can produce shards and dust, so always wear protective clothing, goggles, and a dust mask. Clean pencil marks with acetone and rags.

Cut Straight Lines or L-shapes

Make straight cuts or L-shaped cuts with the wet saw. Keep the water reservoir under the work surface filled with water. If the reservoir is filled correctly, the bottom part of the cutting disc will be submerged in the water.

Measure the area where the tiles are to be installed with straight edge or carpenter's level, and mark them on the tile. Set the tile on the work surface to ensure it is square by aligning pencil marks with the blade.

Align the metal cutting bar along the front of the work surface to the required distance from the blade. For example, if you need to trim one inch from the tile, set the cutting bar one inch from the cutting blade.

Turn on the cutter, and wait for a constant pitch from the wheel to indicate it is in full power. Place one hand on the edge closest to you, and slowly make the cut.

For an L-shaped cut, make the first cut to the intersection, turn off the saw, rotate the tile, then turn on the saw to cut tile. Check to see if the saw is still wet after each cut. 

Make Round Cuts

For round cuts such as door jambs and drains, use the angle grinder. Measure the area the tiles are to be placed with the protractor. Make the circular cuts using a straight angle until some smaller sections of the circle remain.

To cut the rest of the circle or angle, position the angle grinder so the blade sits horizontally with the tile face. Hold the blade at a 45-degree angle, align it with the marks, and work around the circle using a downward movement.

Cutting travertine shouldn't be too complex. If you don't think you have the skills to cut or lay travertine tile, hire a professional tile laying service company like Costen Floors Inc. 


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flooring - choosing affordablility and quality

Flooring can take up a big chunk of your building or renovation budget. Is this something that you can cut down the cost of so that you don't run out of money before the project is complete? In some cases, your first choice may not be the best for your budget. We have put this blog together to help those going through the process of renovating or building a home find the flooring that will fit into their budgets without sacrificing looks or quality. When you come to the end, you will have a good idea of what you can afford and what you want in your home.