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Unread 01-17-2008, 11:33 PM   #1
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Storing travertine in a garage, cold temps?

Did a search but didn't find anything. Can I store travertine in their original boxes, in the garage with temps hitting -10 C/14 F?
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Unread 01-18-2008, 12:29 AM   #2
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Unread 01-18-2008, 12:34 AM   #3
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Hi Jarek,
Sure, you can store it safely at cold temperatures but you'll want to take a few precautions regardless of the cold. Stone should be stored standing up, on it's edge, to prevent the weight of stacked stone from crushing/cracking the stones on the bottom. You should probably also store it off of a garage floor to prevent moisture from being trapped under the tile for long periods of time, which might cause staining. Two parallel 2-by-4's laid on the ground provides enough air circulation and takes up very little space.
I also like to bring my tile in out of the cold a bit before I plan to set them to warm them up to the room a bit. While this may not have any scientific benefit, it does make handling the tiles a little more comfortable which in turn means a surer grip and less potential for accidents.
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Unread 01-18-2008, 12:37 AM   #4
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Jarek,

Please don't start new threads for every question you have. I know it may not seem related, but it's still part of the travertine floor project you have started a thread on.

And to elaborate on Mike's answer...it's a rock! Don't you think it might have seen temperature extremes in it's life before becoming a tile in a box in your garage?

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Brian,
The rule is that we don't like to see multiple threads on the same topic, but multiple threads by the same member are still allowed. In this case, a separate thread is fine because it's not at all related to the installation.
I've seen stone tile ruined by storing it improperly. Some cardboard has a high acid content (white paper) and a damp storage area can etch the edges even though the tiles are facing inward. I've also seen cardboard disintegrate and become an indelible stain through the stone. Even though it's a "rock" it's still a good idea to protect your investment by treating the material with care.
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Sorry Shaughnn, my attempt at humor. Jarek asked about temperature and that's what I keyed on.
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