Travertine has been used since the Ancient Era. Huge buildings like the pyramids or the Colosseum were built using travertine. You can also find it in the structure of markets, churches, street pavements and even malls. Nowadays it is widely used in the landscaping industry to create unique patterns for balconies, pool patios or walkways. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect huge paving prices since this is a material used all over the world that lives up to its reputation of a good and durable option for paving.
The Getty Center from Los Angeles, California, was built with the same travertine used at the Colosseum, which was imported from Tivoli about 30 km north-east of Rome for this unique project.
If you are worried about its durability you should know that travertine will keep its original color for decades, it will require little or no maintenance or cleaning.
Also, this material has a very high endurance to weather conditions because it is a well-known fact that travertine is a versatile and durable material that improves with age. The older it gets, the better it becomes. If you want an investment you can hit the jackpot with a travertine pavement which will raise your property’s value. This is why we categorize travertine as being a cheap paving option.
The best place to pave with travertine is around your pool patio areas because it is freeze-thaw compatible, besides, travertine has a non-slippery surface which will take a burden off your shoulders if you have children by providing a safe walking surface area around the pool for the whole family.
Travertine is basically morphed limestone, about 50.000.000 years old, where the water deposited the lime content. Limestone is used in the building industry, but travertine is used for indoor or outdoor paving because its surface never gets hot due to the lack of metal content in the stone’s structure. It is also said to be two times stronger than concrete paving.
Regarding the installing process, it is easy to install it yourself, but that is not recommended. If you really want to do it, make sure you ask questions so that you are well-informed before buying or starting anything. It is essential to do it perfect from the start the repairing costs are humongous.
There are lots of patterns if you are worried about the right combination, you can ask a designer or draw some on your computer or on paper and ask friends about it. It’s always a good idea to experiment with this type of things before starting the installation process. Once you picked a pattern you must stick to it if you started to install the pavement because it is hard to change it.
Ask a professional or employ a firm if you want it done quickly, it is really important to make sure that the workers know what they are doing, so, before employing or paying anyone ask them for some previous projects they worked on or ask some friends about their paving and whom did they employ for the task there are many scammers out there waiting to steal your hard-earned money.
If you want to give a rustic and eye-catching look to your property, you should consider travertine as an option for your pavement.