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Travertine Pavers

A member of the limestone family, Travertine is formed by minerals dissolving in ground water and then being deposited on the earth’s surface by rivers, natural springs, or geysers. It has been used for thousands of years as a building veneer.  And it has been used as an interior tile for decades.  The introduction of thicker cuts of travertine for outdoor use happened only within the last decade. 

Being imported from Europe and South America, the cost of shipping makes travertine relatively expensive compared to local stone or manufactured pavers.  However, it has the unique advantage of retaining an especially cool surface, even after extended exposure to intense sunlight. It should come as no surprise that the use of travertine for pool decks was the application that drew attention to this material for hardscaping. 

In addition to travertine pavers, wall caps, treads and now double-sided sitting walls are also available in this exotic stone.  These accessory pieces are almost always honed and filled, i.e., the small holes which give travertine many of its unique characteristics are filled and the surface polished to create a smooth rather than porous surface.  Travertine treated in this manner has proven to have much greater outdoor longevity than the naturally porous pavers.  Travertine pavers do not always survive severe weather well and may crack and peel as a result of extreme conditions. 

 

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