What is Travertine?

Travertine is a natural stone from the limestone family and is typically found in the form of deposits near warm or hot springs. It is sometimes known as Travertine Limestone or Travertine Marble, although it is neither limestone nor marble. In ancient times, it was frequently used as a building material, but now it is most commonly used for pool decks, patios, countertops, flooring, showers, and tubs as well as exterior decor.

What are Travertine Pavers?

Travertine Pavers are 100% natural stone pavers sold in various sizes and patterns. They are typically 1.25″ thick and are ideal for pool decks, patios, and driveways.

Why should I use Travertine Pavers vs. other paving materials?

Tumbled Travertine Pavers are one of the best materials to use around a pool deck, patio, driveway, or walkway. Their tumbled, porous surface instantly absorbs water, leaving the surface of the deck practically non-slip. Travertine Pavers also stay cool to the touch. The same can’t be said about other paving materials such as brick pavers, or concrete.

Where do Travertine Pavers come from?

Our Travertine Pavers are from Turkey. Turkey is known to have superb quality Travertine reserves and is the preferred choice for architects and designers. Italy, Iran, Mexico, Peru, and the United States also have Travertine reserves.

How thick are Travertine Pavers?

The industry standard for Travertine Pavers is 1.25” thick, although custom orders can be done for a thicker paver.

What does the finished surface of a Travertine Paver look like?

Travertine Pavers typically have one of three finishes:
Tumbled (textured and porous surface)
Honed (smooth and matte)
Polished (smooth and shiny)

Do you offer a final inspection of the Travertine Pavers before they leave your warehouse?

Yes, we check all pallets before they leave our warehouse. We check for possible breakage, loose safety strips, the condition of the pallet, and take all necessary measures to ensure that the Travertine Pavers arrive to you in the best possible shape. We do not ship low quality and/or poor condition Travertine Pavers.

Are Travertine Pavers durable?

Travertine Pavers are highly durable; they have been in nature for thousands of years and retain their color over time. This is actually one of the reasons why people choose Travertine over other materials, such as brick pavers, which begin to fade and crack within a year or two.

Can Travertine be used in cold weather climates?

Travertine Pavers are able to withstand cold weather conditions given that they have been properly installed and are premium grade. Our products have passed 3rd party laboratory tests for freeze/thaw cycle performance without any cracking. Laboratory test results are listed next to each product. If mud-setting Travertine Pavers in Northern States, FlexBond (or similar) adhesive should be used instead of traditional cement products to prevent cracking during the freeze/thaw cycle. Travertine Pavers are not only able to withstand freeze-thaw cycles but also extreme heat, their natural coolness provides an excellent walking surface for bare feet. For this reason, Travertine Pavers are the perfect solution for tropical and humid climates as well.

Can Travertine be used around salt water pools? If so, should it be sealed?

Travertine is able to hold it’s own around a salt water pool, as long as the appropriate measures are taken to protect it. It is highly recommended to seal the Travertine with a water-repellent impregnating sealer to prolong the life of the patio.

The best option is to use a Modified Silane Sealer which will penetrate the stone deep down into the pores, creating a barrier which will be most effective at keeping the salt water out. Sealers which block the Travertine’s pores should be avoided as water can become trapped inside, making the Travertine slippery when wet.

Many of the large sealer companies sell special salt-water sealers for Travertine.

What is the minimum order at Travertine Mart?

Our Minimum Order to ship Travertine Pavers and Tiles is 400 sqft. Local pick-up and delivery may purchase less than 400 sqft. There is no Minimum Order on Travertine Pool Coping. Of course, if you come up short on your order you can always order additional material with no Minimum Order.

Which Travertine Paver should I use on my swimming pool deck and other wet areas?

Our Tumbled Travertine Pavers are best used on a pool deck or patio. Tumbled Pavers have a porous, textured finish which provides faster water absorption, making the area less slippery. This is the best option – especially when there are children around.

Which Travertine Paver should I use for my driveway?

Our Chiseled Travertine Pavers are made especially for a driveway. Chiseled Pavers have “chipped” edges to provide a tighter, more secure fit and to withstand the weight of an automobile. But not to worry, the Pavers are chiseled with a special machine and are not any more prone to breakage because they are broken around the edges.

Is it necessary to seal Travertine?

It is not necessary to seal Travertine, although doing so will bring out the natural beauty and splendor of the pavers and/or tiles. Sealing may be preferred indoors or on a patio that is frequently used for entertaining, as it will protect against spills from food and wine, which may stain the Travertine.

Some clients prefer to use a non-slip “shark skin” sealer to provide more traction to a chiseled paver on a driveway.

What is the French Pattern?

Used for both patios and pool decks, the French Pattern is an old-world style pattern used for hundreds of years. It contains four sizes within the pattern, comprising 16 square feet per set. Each set consists of (2) 16″x24″ pavers, (4) 16″x16″ pavers, (2) 16″x8″ pavers and (4) 8″x8″ pavers.

Can I install Travertine Pavers over an existing driveway?

Travertine Pavers can be installed over existing concrete or asphalt as long as the driveway is in reasonably good condition. To ensure an adequate foundation for the Travertine, the existing driveway should be inspected and repaired as necessary. Cracks, chips, holes and other surface issues should be repaired in order to achieve a flat surface and to prevent breakage of the Travertine in the future.

How much should I allow for breakage, waste and cuts?

It is reasonable to order an additional 10% material, which can be used in the case of cuts, turning radius or breakage. Remember, Travertine shades and colors will vary from pallet to pallet, especially if you need to order more years from now. It is a great idea to have extra material on hand in case you need to change out a paver down the road.

When ordering, can I mix-and-match colors and styles of material?

Yes. Your creativity is given free reign when ordering from 1800travertine!

Can I find uniform colors with Travertine Pavers?

Not really. Because Travertine is natural stone, no two pieces are the same. Natural minerals are deposited randomly in each slab of stone, which means there will be naturally occurring differences in color and pattern for each cut paver.

Can Travertine Pavers be used around a pool?

Tumbled Travertine Pavers are ideal for pool decks. They have numerous advantages over other materials in the marketplace. To summarize a few: Tumbled Travertine Pavers are heat resistant, they won’t burn your feet in hot summer months, they absorb water to help prevent slips and also help prevent flooding.

What are the colors of Travertine Pavers?

The main colors found in Travertine Pavers are: Ivory (off-white, beige, tan color) Walnut (very light brown) Noche (brown) and Gold. Occasionally, you can find red, blue, and gray tones.

What can you say about the durability of travertine?

Travertine has a very high compressive strength, much higher than brick pavers or cement pavers, at around 8000 PSI. In addition, there are many examples of travertine used in the ancient cities of Rome in Italy and Ephesus in Turkey. The travertine is still intact after more than 2000 years of use. That, by itself, is a big statement.

Is Travertine heat resistant?

Yes. Travertine Pavers will not absorb the heat from the sun outdoors and will not burn your feet during the hot summer months.

Which forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Paypal, bank drafts (also referred to as cashier’s checks or money orders), and wire transfers.

How do I obtain samples?

Samples can be ordered FREE online or over the phone at 1-877-631-2845. No credit card required.

What does the finished surface of travertine look like?

Travertine can have four major finishes, polished (shiny), honed (matte), brushed and tumbled (textured surfaces). The type of finish given to the travertine will determine how shiny the surface will be. The polished and honed surfaces are flat and smooth, while the brushed and tumbled surfaces are flat and textured. The polished surface is the shiniest, while the tumbled surface reflects the least amount of light. The most common finish for travertine is honed.