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How to Ship Travertine Tiles with 9 Easy Steps

If you are like most, the thought of determining logistics for shipping fragile items such as travertine tiles is overwhelming. Luckily when partnering with FreightCenter, you will have a team of Freight experts on your side. We’ve helped thousands of businesses and individuals all over the world get their goods from point A to point B faster and smarter.

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What is Travertine? 

The beautiful rustic travertine tiles you have seen in kitchens are of natural stone with a history all its own! These travertine tiles result from cut slabs of the Travertine sedimentary rock created by the evaporation of mineral-rich deposits of rivers, lakes, and hot springs. It is then deposited by acidic hot springs or much cooler waters. Rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, otherwise known as calcite, forms the rock. 

A variety of minerals mixed with calcite create its characteristic swirls. It is often formed as a white rock that darkens with age. Microorganisms in the water, such as cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), help create the various orange, pink, yellow, green, and browns often found in travertine. This natural stone is bound to have a high color variation, meaning no two projects will look the same, and every design will look original. Some standard colors include beige, brown, taupe, silver grey, cream, and tan. 

Travertine application is commonly used in bathrooms, showers, floors, and pools. Unpolished travertine has a natural nonslip texture, making it great for the areas above. It is common in wall cladding, countertops, kitchens, patios, steps, and stairs! These travertine tiles are versatile and can be used effectively indoors and outdoors. Fun fact, outdoor travertine pavers have a 10x longer lifespan than concrete or precast pavers. Travertine tiles make an excellent addition to living spaces due to their versatility, beauty, and durability. 

Prices for these travertine tiles will vary depending on location, project complexity, quality, and finish. The cost is approximately $15-$30 per square foot. Marble costs nearly double, and even more for granite. Travertine tiles are a more reasonably priced option, making it an affordable luxury. 

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Travertine Tile Finishes

Much like the color variability in travertine, the stone is also found in various finishes. Each finish provides a different aesthetic and texture. Some standard finishes include polished, honed, tumbled, and brushed. Below is a short description of each of the commonly seen finishes.

  • Polished- This finish highlights the natural colors of the stone, with the look of a glossy and smooth finish.
  • Honed- This style creates a rustic and natural look, achieved by the matte finish. 
  • Tumbled- This finish is achieved by tumbling the travertine tiles, which helps make the aged and worn look. 
  • Brushed- This type is a slightly textured finish that adds a soft and weathered look to the tiles.
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Why Choose FreightCenter for Shipping Travertine Tiles?

Choosing FreightCenter

Figuring out the logistics of shipping travertine tiles, whether you are a business or a one-time consumer, can seem overwhelming. Luckily partnering with a 3PL can simplify the entire process, reducing stress and ensuring an efficient, cost-effective, and successful shipping process! With 25 years of experience in the industry, our expert team can quickly help you easily navigate the world of logistics! When you choose to work with us, you are choosing to make your shipping process seamless. Here are just some of the benefits working with our Third Party Logistics company will have on your shipping experience:

  • When you partner with FreightCenter, a premier 3PL (Third Party Logistics) company with over twenty-four years of experience within the logistics industry, you are choosing success. Over the decades, our team has dealt with nearly every shipment imaginable. There is no shipment process we cannot help you with!
  • FreightCenter employs a knowledgeable staff that is always willing to learn and grow with industry changes and advancements. We are ready to answer any questions you have throughout the entire process!
  • We act as the middleman between you and your carrier; you do not have to worry about playing phone tag with your trucker. Your agent will directly communicate with you and your carrier, delivering any necessary information or updates between you. 
  • We secure the best transit carrier and route for you at the best price. There is no need to spend hours figuring out the logistics or searching for a worthwhile deal. 
  • We make it easy to ensure your shipments by guiding you toward the best providers. Whether you need full or partial coverage, we have you covered!
  • We arrange the pick-ups and drop-offs while also making sure to track each shipment in transit. This ensures that you know where your packages are every step of the way! 

Now what are you waiting for? Call FreightCenter to set up your account and discuss your shipment. We are ready to answer your questions and provide solutions! Our team looks forward to partnering with you. 

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9 Easy Shipping Tips

Shipping travertine tiles require careful attention and consideration when packaging. Choosing an appropriate shipping method is also crucial to a successful shipment. Below are 9 easy steps covering how to ship travertine tiles. 

  1. Appropriate Packaging Methods: Stack the tiles neatly and separate them with protective materials/padding, such as bubble wrap or foam between tiles. This will help prevent scratching or chipping. Place orders in sturdy wooden crates or boxes and securely fasten them closed.
  2. Appropriate Labelling: Since you are shipping travertine tiles, it is essential to label the packages with “fragile” or “handle with care” stickers to communicate effectively with carriers.
  3. Choose the Proper Shipping Method: Our expert call agents at FreightCenter will help walk you through the shipping process, answering any questions. They will help you determine the best transit method for your shipment, so worry not. Dependent on your shipment details, agents will help you select ground, air, or ocean freight transportation.
  4. Obtain/Compare Shipping Quotes: FreightCenter agents have access to cutting-edge technology and software, enabling them to provide you with the most competitive rates. They will compare prices, transit times, and services offered, allowing you to make a well-informed decision and make your shipping experience successful!
  5.  Schedule Shipment: As the shipper, you will not have to complete this step alone when working with a 3PL. Instead, your freight agent will book the shipment, but you will work with them to determine the best dates and times. It is crucial to be forthcoming and honest about your shipment, disclosing all necessary details, such as the exact contents, pick-up and delivery addresses, contact information, and shipment weight.
  6. Obtain Insurance: Obtaining insurance for your shipment is always a good idea, especially if your load is of high value. Even in the most ideal and secure shipping circumstances, damage or theft can still occur, so protecting yourself financially is always intelligent.
  7. Monitor the Shipment: Your freight agent will also monitor your shipment and provide a tracking number. Shippers can track their shipments during transit, staying fully current on their progress, status, and expected delivery dates and times.
  8. Receive/Inspect Delivery: It is crucial to inspect the travertine tiles immediately after delivery to spot any signs of damage. Photograph any issues/damages for documentation for proof in case you need to file a claim ad notify your FreightCenter agent.
  9. Store Tiles Properly: If you plan to install the travertine tiles after some time, store them in a dry/climate-controlled area. Make sure to avoid moisture damage or any accidental warpings.
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