Travertine Pavers and Travertine Tile Houston
Houston Travertine Pavers
Travertine pavers and travertine tile can be found in the Houston area and are becoming the paver and tile of choice as consumers look at the options. Travertine pavers are 3 times stronger than concrete pavers. So they provide the perfect solution for pool decking, patios, sidewalks and driveways. Travertine pavers and travertine tile also get less slippery when water is applied to them. A certain suction builds up that allows them to be used for a pool decking surface. Travertine pavers and travertine tile also stay about 30-40 degrees cooler than the typical paver or tile. This allows you to have a much lower potential for burning your feet on their surface. The Houston heat will get strong during the Summer months. So the travertine pavers and travertine tile are an ideal solution for the Houston area.
Travertine Pavers and Travertine Tile in Houston for Pool Decking
Houston Travertine Pavers Pool Decking
As you look around Houston, you will begin to see more and more travertine pavers and travertine tile showing up in high end type pools. As you can see in the photo to the left, travertine pavers and travertine tile can change the makeup of your backyard. The travertine pavers can be placed on top of concrete or sand. Many people ask, "Should I place my travertine pavers on sand or concrete?" The answer is that the natural stone can be place on both surfaces. A typical remodel includes an extension of the deck. If the deck is already in concrete, some will choose to extend out by adding more concrete. But you can also just add the travertine pavers or travertine tile on top of the concrete portion and then extend out the rest of the deck on top of sand. This will cause you to save money on placing in concrete. You can see some Houston Travertine Pavers photos by hitting the link at the top of the page.
How Durable are Travertine Pavers?
Houston Travertine Pavers
Travertine pavers are more durable than concrete. In fact, travertine pavers are 3 times as durable as concrete. Travertine pavers can be installed as a driveway surface. You can drive your car or truck over travertine pavers. I remember the first time I watched a large truck drive over travertine pavers. I was impressed with their strength. Travertine pavers are typically only an inch and a quarter thick. So watching a truck drive over a paver that is only an inch and a quarter thick surprised me. I then learned the reason why early civilizations used the travertine pavers. I also figured out why those same travertine pavers endured thousands of years even to today long after empires fell. Travertine pavers and travertine tile are strong and durable. Long after your house has come and gone, the travertine pavers will endure. The tough surface will serve well in the extreme weather conditions including the Houston heat.
Travertine Pavers Fabrication
On some projects, fabrication is needed for the travertine pavers. Most travertine pavers come in 3 cm (inch and a quarter thick) but you can also get what is considered travertine pool boping in a flat eased edge paver in 5 cm (2 inches thick). Why would you need fabrication? In general, fabrication may be needed to bullnose pieces that are not bullnose. You can just buy a travertine paver bullnose but there are situations where people want their travertine bullnosed in a non typical way. For example, sometimes a double bullnose is wanted. You can buy a pieced double bullnosed but there are times when people want nonstandard sizes for bullnose. They may want a piece bullnosed in a 14x24 format. Since 14x24 is a nonstandard size, it will need to be cut down from a 16x24 and then bullnosed. This can be done directly from the factory in Turkey but it can also be done right here in Houston. Just call if you need a non standard size. If you can wait 14-16 weeks, we can have the pieces fabricated in Turkey and then sent to the U.S. But if you need it quicker, most travertine pavers can be fabricated in Houston in about a week or so.
Travertine Tile Fabrication
You also may need travertine tile fabricated. This is the case when you one certain sizes on your waterline tile that are non traditional. You also might need travertine tile fabricated for your shower. A common request is to have travertine bullnosed on the edge to give the edge a clean look on the shower wall.
Travertine Pavers Custom Sizes
It is very common for people to want their travertine pavers in custom sizes. We can special order custom sizes from the factory in Turkey. Most travertine pavers come in sizes such as the french pattern pavers (This is a 4 size pattern including 16x24, 16x16, 8x16, 8x8), 16x24, 12x24, 12x12, 6x12. But sometimes people want their travertine pavers in a custom size such as 24x36, 18x36 or some other size that is different than the traditional size. In those cases, we can special order the travertine pavers from Turkey and deliver them to your location in Houston or where ever you are in the United States. It is usually good to figure 14-16 weeks for delivery on custom sizes in travertine pavers. It is possible it would take longer for a custom piece of travertine pavers but we can usually give you a good approximation depending on the size of the order. Usually a custom size needs a 100% deposit because of the custom sizes. You can also order the travertine pavers in different thicknesses. For example, you can order them in 2-1/2 inch and even 3 inches. They can even be ordered in 3-1/2 to 4 inches in non standard sizes. We have done just about every size imaginable. I have done 12x24x3-1/2 thick. I have done 16x24x4 inch thick.
Travertine Tile Custom Sizes
We can also custom order half inch travertine tile in custom sizes. If you are planning on using the travertine tile for your cladding on your building or house, you may want something different than the traditional 12x24 or 16x24 travertine tile. Once again, these custom travertine tiles can be ordered factory direct and we can usually land them here in Houston and ship them to you within 12-14 weeks depending on the size.
Buying Travertine Pavers By the Container
If you are a distributor, you may want to buy travertine pavers by the container. We can set that up for you. We sell travertine pavers direct from the factory. You can buy travertine pavers in any color that travertine comes in and we can ship it to you direct. Buying travertine pavers direct by the container will get you a more competitive price. We have a special relationship with a few factories in Turkey that allow us to get you a special price. We can also help you order the right about if you want to do a combination of travertine paver colors and shapes and sizes. We can also add to your order travertine coping, travertine splitface and travertine tile.
What Can Travertine Pavers be used for?
Travertine Pavers can be used for multiple purposes. Travertine Pavers in the Houston market have been mostly used for pool decking. Travertine pavers can be used along with travertine pool coping, travertine splitface and travertine tile to make for a beautiful travertine pool surface. Travfertine Pavers can also be used for a decking without a pool. We also see travertine pavers used as stepping stones leading to the back yard or even stepping stones landscape in the backyard. We also have had people use travertine pavers for driveways. Some people will use travertine pavers for their front porch.
What Can Travertine Tile be used for?
Travertine Tile also has several uses. Travertine Tile is used on outdoor decking when a homeowner already has concrete out on the deck and the deck is not being extended. Travertine Tile is used for kitchens as both flooring and backsplash. Travertine Tile can be used in a bathroom for flooring but can also be used on the walls of the shower. Homeowners also use the travertine for the shower flooring and backsplash.
What Can Travertine Splitface be used for?
Traveritne Splitface has many uses. Most of the uses we see inside of Houston for travertine splitface is using it on the walls next to a pool, around the spa surround, on an outside fireplace, on a fire pit. Travertine splitface can also be used inside a house and typically it is used on a backsplash, fireplace or in a wine cellar. Travertine splitface is a broken face stone that gives a rugged look for the travertine and it is used on surfaces that are not used for flooring.
Cleaning Travertine Pavers
Travertine Pavers can be cleaned by power washing your travertine paver deck. Some people keep the travertine pavers clean by simply spraying down the deck with a hose. There are additional methods if you are struggling to keep your travertine pavers clean. One approach is to use a nonabrasive detergent to clean off the deck. You just mix the cleaner in with water and mop it like you would your kitchen. Some people have stains that they need to get out. At that point they mix Baking Soda in with water and that will often extract any stain in the travertine pavers. This same approach works with travertine tile.
Sealing Travertine Pavers
Some people decide to seal their travertine pavers. While most people will elect to not seal their travertine pavers, some people will want to seal them. The best method for sealing travertine pavers is to make sure the travertine pavers are dry. In other words, wait a few days after you have sprayed down the travertine pavers before you begin the process of sealing the travertine pavers. You also want to wait a few days with no rain to seal the travertine pavers. The morning dew makes the pavers a little wet but don't worry about that. Just wait until the Sun has come out and dried out the travertine pavers and then it is safe to seal. One way to seal the travertine pavers is to roll the sealer on the pavers with a paint roller. Another way to seal the travertine pavers is to spray on the sealer. You can do it either way.
Repair Travertine Pavers
The nice thing about travertine pavers is people pick them because they are such low maintenance. But occasionally some maintenance is required. Here are a few examples of times you might need some maintenance. To begin with, sometimes you may need someone to reset your travertine pavers. Most installers are pretty good at installing the travertine pavers. But travertine pavers can settle when laid on a sand base as the sand settles. It is common for a paver installer to reset the travertine pavers after a few years. Another time is after major hurricanes. After a heavy amount of rain from a hurricane, some of the travertine pavers need to be reset on the deck. This doesn't take long and one installer can usually make the adjustment. It is also fairly common for someone to want someone else to clean the travertine pavers after time. This is usually unnecessary if you just clean them once in a while. Most people will mop their kitchen floor a few times a week but go years without cleaning off their travertine pavers. In those cases, some people will call in a professional to clean up their travertine pavers.
Wet Look Travertine Pavers
If you want a wet look on your travertine pavers, you can use an enhanced sealer on top of the travertine pavers. After the travertine pavers are installed, just apply the enhanced sealer by using a paint roller or a sprayer and apply it evenly over your travertine pavers.