If you like the look and natural feel of marble, but prefer a more cost-effective option, travertine might just be the material for you. Travertine is another building material that has been used over the centuries to great effect. It is a natural stone similar to marble and granite. The key difference between travertine and other natural stones is how it is formed. Travertine is formed in hot springs and in limestone caves. This process causes travertine to feel softer and has holes or pockets within it, giving it its distinctive mottled look.
It is possible to get different styles of finish for travertine. There is:
- Polished, which is slick and smooth. This could be slippery when wet.
- Chiseled, which provides a rougher surface although it still feels soft and smooth to the touch.
- Honed and filled, this is when the manufacturer fills in the natural holes and smoothes the finish.
- Tumbled. Travertine (and marble) pavers and tiles are placed in a big drum with each other, pebbles, sand, and gravel. Then, they are (you guessed it!) tumbled around to create a weathered and aged texture. Tumbled travertine or marble lends a rustic and time-worn feel to any design.
The benefits of travertine as a pool-side option are similar to the benefits of marble:
- It has a natural look and feel.
- Travertine withstands time and weather and looks better over time.
- You can choose to allow the natural irregularities and stone formations to patina and become more pronounced with time, creating an old and inviting feel.
- Or, you could choose to pressure wash and seal the stone every year and have your pool area look sparkling and brand new for life.
- Water won’t hurt travertine and so that makes it a perfect material around the pool.
- Travertine comes in a variety of colors, running from ivory to beige to walnut shades.
- Depending on the texture chosen, travertine can be naturally slip resistant.
- Travertine allows for design flexibility. You can go old world and classic or sleek and modern, and anything in between.
- Travertine can provide a high return on your investment when you choose to sell.
- Travertine is a slightly more affordable option to marble.
Contact us and let us help you choose the perfect material for your pool and deck. We’ll walk you through the process and answer all your questions. Plus, we take pride in our work and will make sure that we carefully install whatever material you choose so that you are happy with the result now and tomorrow.