Warning: Don’t Use Travertine Pavers Around the Pool before reading this Article

Published by Armstone, 31 January, 2020

Why You Should Avoid Using ordinary tumbled Travertine Pavers for around the pool?

We know the headline is intriguing and you are very interested to know why Travertine is not suitable to use around the pool.

First of all, would we would like to give you a bit of a background on who we are, so you know that this information that you are reading is not written by a pay per character blogger in the pursuit to just content. 

The point of all of this is to help you understand the key disadvantages of Tumbled travertine pavers, keeping the core point as your poolside safety as well as the longevity of the stone.

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Armstone is a high-end natural stone supplier in the heart of Sydney in Glebe.

“We care about creating timeless outdoors for your joy and happy times. We guide people with the right advice that is perfectly tailored for them. By living by these values, we believe that we create a difference.”

For the last 10 years, we have been at the forefront of supplying pool pavers for thousands of multimillion-dollar homes. We have always been one of the Best Stone suppliers in our niche-industry and we have a feedback rating of 5 Stars from our lovely clientele. 

Working very closely with Pool builders, Architects and Landscapers alike we have learnt how to create the most attractive appearance whilst more importantly keeping your pool area safe and practical for your entertainment and enjoyment. 

Now, back to the topic at hand – We will give you 3 good reasons why you should not use tumbled travertine pavers around your pool and by the end this article you should be in a position to make that judgment for yourself.

If you would like still more information about travertine pavers read one of our articles:


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There are 3 reasons why:

1. Tumbled Travertine Pavers are slippery when wet

The pool surrounds should be of a non-slip material, they should extend at least 1m from the pool, be graded away from the pool and drained to waste so the water doesn’t stay on top of the surface to decrease the chances of slippage.

Ordinarily Tumbled Travertine pavers can get Slippery when wet and are not recommended to use around the pool. 

How do we know this?

The pool area is under constant water stress and the last thing you want is an accident happening around the pool. 

We have done a Wet pendulum test on “A” grade Travertine pavers which resulted in P3 slip Rating which is the same slip rating as to your indoor stone or porcelain tiles. Just to make clear – a P3 rating is Slippery when wet.

For example, excited children can tend of runaround the poolside whilst having their fun in the sun, a P3 surface can make it very tough to keep your balance (even for an adult) and a slights slip can result in some very devastating injuries.

When there is too much water on a surface a lot of things can get slippery, it is much wiser to choose your pool pavers in P4 or P5 slip resistance rather than P3 which will give you a better grip surface, that will add confidence to decrease any additional chance of slippage occurring.

The “P” Stands for Pendulum Test (P0 – P5)

The Wet Pendulum slip test essentially comprises a metal boot with a spring-loaded rubber slider on the bottom that swings down and slides across the surface. The boot swings back up, in which the height it swings back up tells us how slippery the floor is. The more slippery; the higher the pendulum swings back up.

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2. Travertine may contain pitting that traps debris

Travertine tumbled surfaces contain various sizes of holes, this is a trait of Travertine and is not a defect. 

However, these pits and holes can be troublesome as outdoor debris and dirt can build up in the areas. 

It is also common to have mould growth over time. It is imperative to maintain Travertine to help negate these effects. 

Again, this is not ideal as it adds to the overall time required to care for the product, for some homeowners this is a daunting task. 

It is highly recommended to fill in the holes with the appropriate grout to which again is an additional cost for labour and the material (grout).

If you like to learn How to Grout Travertine Pavers click here and read the question 9.

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3. Tumbled Travertine pavers used as a coping can cut open your skin.

Besides the fact that travertine pavers are slippery and keep them clean, they also are one of the most cost-effective natural stone to buy and people use the tumbled pavers as pool coping without buying them in the appropriate bullnosed or pencil rounded edge to cut additional cost.

You are probably thinking why not?

It Is a general common belief that Tumbled Travertine pavers have the rumbled edge and you can “get away” with this cost-cut method by buying and using the pavers rather than getting the correct one edge (bullnosed/pencil round/drop edge)

Travertine has natural holes called cavities and those holes appear on the surface and the edge of the pavers as well. 

It is not possible to source Travertine pavers with nicely rumbled edges as most of the edges will contain holes on corners, these can be so sharp that if you slide your hand over It which you will when you grab the pool edge when you are in the deep water, you will cut yourself. 

It’s amazing how many consumers can close their eyes on this detail and even more amazing how some shady-stone suppliers will never tell you about this just to make a sale. 

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It is highly recommended to avoid using Tumbled Travertine in any outdoor area that is susceptible to water – as beautiful as Travertine can be as a product, it has its recommended areas to be used in. 

Overall there are so many other forms of natural stone that can be used around a pool, not only create the desired look/colour scheme you would like to achieve, but also ensure that the poolside area is safe for the entire family to use. 


If you are having any trouble navigating the market for the right products to use, you can reach out to us here at Armstone and we will guide in the right direction. 

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Arman Minas

Arman Minas

Director at Armstone
A committed and enthusiastic expert, Arman has more than 10 years experience in the stone industry and 20 years in the design space. Arman’s strong, customer focused passion has seen countless projects come to life. At the head of the Armstone team, Arman oversees all aspects of the business.