There is nothing quite as elegant, beautiful, and timeless surface than travertine and natural stone pool decks. Travertine is a form of limestone that cultures have used as a building material for thousands of years. Choose from a variety of hues and tones, ranging from bold shades to gray, cream or tan. Although travertine is more expensive than a concrete surface, this upgrade is significantly less than what you would pay for a marble or granite surface. Travertine can be laid directly on top of the concrete surface. For concrete in very poor condition, we may recommend this as a solution if height differences are not created in connecting adjacent areas or entering buildings.
Natural stones are offered in a variety of density, shapes and sizes. Pool deck tiles come from South America or Europe in most situations. The region of the world the material is mined from produces ranges in quality, price and color. Variations occur even within the same mining quarry as levels of minerals change. Some regions produce softer stone which deteriorates after only a few years as it erodes quickly. Not all natural stone is equal, and there is a range in quality. Cheap materials don’t offer longevity.
Around pools and patios they have a natural beauty and slip resistance. Travertine is one of the most porous stones. Numerous holes in the material allow for better water drainage and allow the surface to be less slippery. Your pool will be trimmed with matching pool coping to create a lovely homogenous surface.
Travertine can also be placed on the earth without the support of a concrete foundation. A sheet is placed below the travertine to prevent vegetation growth. Once the soil is ready, then you can create a base from sand, mortar, crushed stone, or cement. The pavers are then cemented at the edges and laid in a pattern of your choice to fit the shape. Lines as filled as needed to lock them into place.
Travertine can be susceptible to stains. Avoid using cleaners that contain vinegar, citric acid, or a similar ingredient if you wish to prolong the life of the installation. Acids don’t work well with concrete, natural concrete, or polished concrete. If you use chlorinated tablets in your swimming pool to disinfect it, then you must take great care when working around your deck as the water can eventually begin to turn the materials a different color. Sealants provide a layer of defense against this issue, but it is not a 100% guarantee. With correct care, it can last for several years with little maintenance.