Travertine Fireplace Surround: Installation Tips Travertine Fireplace Surround: Installation Tips
A travertine fireplace surround can make your fireplace look great. These tips on fireplace surround installation should help yours to go smoothly.
Planning the Fireplace Surround
It is important that you have a good plan that covers all of the details of the job ahead of you. In particular, accurate measurements of your fireplace are very important. You should begin by removing the mantel, if present, and any existing fireplace surround that you have in place if you are planning a replacement.
At this point, figuring out what you have to work with will be as easy as it is ever going to get. Measure carefully and use cardboard to make a mockup of your travertine fireplace surround that you can fit into place. By doing this, you can anticipate any problems that might occur during installation before they happen.
Working With Grout
Any commercial grout kit will come with instructions on mixing and applying, which will be specifically tailored to the particular type of grout in question. These instructions will be very helpful. However, a good general tip for working with grout and travertine is to remove any spilled grout immediately with a damp sponge, even if it is a small amount, as removing hardened grout from travertine is quite difficult.
Additionally, when choosing a grout mix, choose sanded grout for the best match with travertine.