Travertine is a multi-purpose stone which can be used as paving for walkways, driveways and patios. It comes in different colors, textures and finishes and has a standard thickness of 1.5 inches. Travertine is appealing visually as well as physically, providing a cool surface to walk on during the heat of summer. It has the ability to withstand many kinds of weather conditions and wear. It costs more than a standard concrete or brick paver because it is harvested and cut from the earth, not molded and fired. However, its natural beauty stands heads above any standard paver. Travertine can go for years without showing a single crack, and never loses its color.
Travertine in Cold/Hot Weather:
The highest grade of travertine can stand up to the cold remarkably well. However, the pavers must be installed correctly in order to prevent cracking from ice expansion. Travertine pavers handle the heat without cracking or fading. In addition, humidity and frequent rain poses little threat.
Travertine Around Pools:
There is no reason to seal travertine around salt water pools, as salt poses no danger to it. Certain varieties of travertine have a porous surface, allowing them to absorb water quickly. This reduces slipperiness on the pool deck to help prevent injury. Also, travertine paving stays cool in the heat and easy on the feet.
Travertine pavers come in several colors including tan, off-white, beige, walnut, brown and gold. Because of natural mineral deposits in the stone, it is difficult to make every single paver the same color. However, the natural color differences add depth and dimension to the ground.
Asphalt or concrete driveways which are in good repair can be covered in travertine tiles. Any damages such as cracking and chipping should be repaired prior to installation. Pavers which have a chiseled edge are best suited for driveway use. The chiseled edges allow the driveway pavers to be packed tightly together, supporting the weight of a vehicle with ease.
Sealing is not necessary , although the process of sealing will amplify the natural color of the travertine paver to make it more vivid. Sealing can also be useful on patios to prevent liquids from staining the stone.