The 9 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Travertine Pavers
The 9 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Travertine Pavers (FAQ)
If you’re looking to transform your backyard, courtyard or patio with timeless and classic Natural design, then Travertine pavers may be the perfect choice and we will look at some Frequently asked questions about Travertine pavers which will give you a firm understanding on the material and will help you decide if this natural stone will work for you or not.
Question 1. What is Travertine?
Travertine is a calcite based natural stone which is formed beneath hot springs over millions of years. Travertine is formed beneath geo-thermally heated groundwater. The heated water then shoots up through the stone creating the pits and character you see on the surface of the stone.
Question 2. What colours are travertine pavers available in?
Travertine comes in a variety of colours, but the main popular colours that are used in the Australian market are Cream and Beige tones, Classic Medium Cinnamon Colour and Brown Walnut colour called Noce and finally Silver grey travertine.
Travertine typically has veining, subtle tones and is a popular choice amongst Australian homeowners and installers alike, it’s easy to see why.
Question 3. How much does travertine pavers cost?
With a range of benefits ,Travertine pavers are a relatively cost-effective natural stone.
Travertine pavers can cost from $45m2 – $98m2 and it all depends on the quality and colour of the stone. Silver travertine is much more expensive than the classic colours like your beige and cream travertines as there are not many quarries who produce the silver In comparison to its some of its counterparts.
Question 4. Does travertine pavers stain?
Any natural stone can stain even if they have been sealed. Anything acidic can penetrate through the sealer and stain your travertine. Unfortunately, there is no bullet proof alternative with this unless you go for Travertine look Porcelain pavers.
Question 5. Should Travertine Pavers be sealed?
It is highly recommended to seal Travertine. When the liquid is spilt on a stone surface that has a degree of water absorption, a stain can result almost instantly as the reaction time to clean is short to zero! Sealing Travertine surface significantly reduces the degree of water absorption increasing the reaction time to clean and remove these contaminants before a stain can occur. The best or premium sealers have the longest reaction time measured in hours protecting surfaces from the widest range of contaminants both water and oil-based.
Question 6. Do Travertine pavers get Hot?
Travertine being from calcite family it reflects heat which makes it a perfect stone to use outdoors where you have constant heat from the sun.
Question 7. Is Travertine slippery when wet?
Your ordinarily Tumbled Travertine pavers can get Slippery when wet and are not recommended to use around the pool. 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 which resulted in P3 slip Rating. “B” grade Travertines are more porous, and they absorb more water which can make the travertine less slippery.
Question 8. Can you lay travertine pavers on Sand?
First grade high-density travertine pavers can be laid on a sand base for foot traffic areas. The pavers are required to be a minimum of 30mm thick. All-Natural Stone pavers have hair fractures which is the weak point of the stone paver therefore there is a possibility that they can crack at some point if they have been laid on a soft substrate like river sand. By keeping the pavers 30mm thick or more it reduces the chances of cracking drastically.
If cost isn’t an issue It is recommended to lay the pavers on a cement bed rather than a river sand as this will also help you when it is time to grout the joints in between.
Question 9. How to Grout Travertine pavers?
Some people prefer not to grout Travertine pavers, they like to leave it as natural as it gets but the problem with that is it will collect dirt in the cavities, and you will not be able to completely clean it off. High pressure hosing will clean the pavers to some degree, but it won’t clean the dirt and debris off completely. The natural holes will also attract mould and mildew. It is recommended to grout not only the paver joints but the entire paver to fill all holes with proper fine grout to assist with ease of cleaning and maintenance.
Travertine pavers are a popular choice amongst home owners and alike – they have a very appealing natural appearance and are a reasonably priced natural stone that still adds tremendous value and aesthetic appeal to your space.
It’s critical to make sure you when you decide to use Travertine pavers, make sure you purchase A grade products and use an installer that is thorough with they’re installation procedures.
As always, it’s been a pleasure – if you have any questions feel free to give us a call or send us an email.