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Travertine Pool Tile Ideas, Installation and Cost

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Why You Should Use A Travertine Pool Tile Around Your Swimming Pool

Travertine pool tiles are used for decorating pool paving around the world as these are a very good choice because of numerous reasons. Here are some top reasons why travertine Tiles and pavers are considered as best for decorating swimming pool areas.

  1. Travertine certainly makes a statement

Travertine is a very beautiful and luxurious stone tile, it gives a very bold and stunning look to your swimming pool. Blue coloured water and cream travertine pavers are an amazing combination. It leaves everyone impressed. Whilst a white internal pool with a silver travertine pool coping tile and matching paving will give you the WOW factor.

  1. Heat and slip resistant

Travertine tiles and pavers fulfill all standard pool conditions. These are heat and slip resistance. You will not need to concern yourself with these factors when selecting travertine pool tiles for paving around your swimming pool.

  1. Longevity and environmentally friendly

Travertine pool tiles are long lasting and environment-friendly. This is why they have become the  top choice for designers and pool building companies around the world.

  1. Versatillity

Travertine Pool Tiles are able to withstand both cold weather conditions as well as extreme heat, when they have been properly installed and are of good quality. They can be installed both in a residential and commercial situations.

Why You Should Choose Travertine Pool Tiles For Your Project

Travertine is a natural sedimentary rock stone formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Just like marble, granite or limestone, it comes in different beautiful colors including white, brown, tan, cream and silver. However in terms of formation of rock, the hardness of stone and appearance, Travertine is a sedimentary rock and is not similar to Marble and Limestone, which fall in the metamorphic rock category. Travertine can be easily identified by winding and irregular holes in its surface.
Travertine is sold in the market in different forms like tiles and pavers. Travertine pavers are thick travertine pieces which are usually sold for outdoor paving only. Travertine pavers are usually 3cm thick and used for decorating driveways, pool paving areas, patio areas and pathways.


Travertine Pool Tile Installation Ideas

ivory travertine tiles

Tumbled ivory travertine pool tiles and step treads with matching drop face tumbled travertine pool coping (grout filled).

Travertine is a stone with amazing qualities, but it’s difficult for most of the people to figure out that which shades and colors should they choose for installing on their pool. Let’s have a look on some cool travertine paver pool deck ideas and see how you can get the most out of this beautiful stone. In addition to these ideas, you can go for your own wild choices as well and yeah, you always discuss it will your installer. They will show you some local ideas which will help you making a final decision.

Travertine pavers are available in four finishes in the Australian market – Brushed and Chiseled, honed and filled, polished and tumbled unfilled ( BEST for external use as outdoor tiles). The following ideas can be used for decorating your pool using travertine pavers.

1) Travertine Pavers for Your Pool Patio and Surrounds

Travertine pavers can be used for decorating patio of your house or property as these look very great in gardens and grassy backyards. If you have a very grassy backyard, you should go for brown color travertine pavers as this combination makes a very good contrast.

2) French Pattern Tiles for Paving Around Your Swimming Pool

French pattern pavers give a perfect look to pool decks especially areas with semi-cold climate. If you have a pool in such area, French pattern pavers may be the best choice for your pool.

3) Silver Travertine Pool Tiles for Hot Areas

Silver travertine tiles and pavers are highly recommended for use in areas where the temperatures can get extremely hot ( QLD etc) as this color gives a sense of coolness and makes a good contrast with water color.

4) Ivory Travertine Pool Tiles for Moderate Climate

Ivory travertine is best for areas where temperatures are moderate ( VIC, NSW, SA), i.e. neither very hot nor very cold. However, you can go for your own color choice as well.

So, with these ideas you can get to know about which type of color you should go for. You can also consult with a good travertine installer in this regard. Make sure that you get all details from them including stone quality and its working situation in respective area/climate. We STRONGLY recommend the use of TUMBLED & UNFILLED when installing travertine pool tiles, as it has the highest non slip rating of ALL finishes.

Travertine Pool Tiles Installation Tips

Travertine is a precious stone and it’s important that you get it installed right so you’ll be able to get a maximum life of the stone as it will outlast ANY other alternative paving solution. Travertine installation around swimming pools is not a very complicated process. However, we recommend getting the help of a professional installer in this regard so you’ll have a long term paving solution.

Let’s have a brief look at travertine pavers’ installation process.

Step 1: A bit of homework and area prep

Before installing travertine pavers around your swimming pool, one should make sure that they are done with swimming pool tasks. Once this has been done, the surface area is made smooth using a rake ensuring that it is flat and level. Further excavation should be made if the depth of the area is less than 4-6 inches. Height is an important factor in this factor so it should be measured carefully. Also THINK about drainage solutions.

Step 2: Compaction of the Road base

Compaction is a process in which the road base you purchased ( from Sand & soil outlet) of the area is made compact and smooth using a compactor which is easily available in large hardware stores. This will make the area ready for the pavers to be installed. After making the soil ready, installers prepare the base to install travertine pavers finally. The type of the base depends on the type of travertine being used and the area/climate situation. Commonly used materials for preparing bases are cement, crushed stone, sand and mortar. We STRONLY suggest installing a concrete slab of at least 100mm around the perimeter of the pool beam allowing for an expansion joint between the two areas.

Step 4: Laying the Pool Tiles

The next stage in the process of travertine pavers’ installation is to decide in which pattern your pavers will be installed. It is always recommended to start laying pavers in a left to right order. Also, you should start from a faraway corner so you work your way backward. You should lay the pavers one by one in a continuous line. The best way to make sure that pavers are being installed in a straight line is to use a string. Also, as you install a paver, use a soft hammer head to ensure it is compacting and level onto the base.

Step 5: Cutting and grout joint filling

Next and final step in paver installation cycle is to cut them where required and fill the joints. Colour matched travertine grout considered as the best material to fill in the gaps. Remember to wash excess grout off thoroughly within 5-10 minutes of grout being applied all over the face of the travertine.

Some Useful Tips for a Smooth Installation

Here are some useful tips which you should follow to make sure that your travertine paver installation is as smooth as possible.

  • Obtain any building permits needed in your municipality before you begin.
  • Choose a right color and right travertine type according to the area conditions.
  • Have a professional installer and make sure they are doing it in a right budget.



Travertine Pool Tiles Estimated All up Costs

As travertine is a natural material, it will cost you a bit more in the start but in the long term, it will give you a lot of benefits. For example, travertine installation at your house will increase the property value of your house, and you’ll get a good resale value.

Travertine in the in Australia was once in the realm of affluent people BUT since the introduction of travertine into the product range of our MAJOR stone companies ( once only stocked by ceramic tile shops) the price has come down DRAMATICALLY.

The cost of travertine in a certain area depends on many factors. Some of these factors are:

  • Geographical location
  • Travertine availability
  • Contractor costs – On average $75-$85m2 if a slab is down already if not allow an extra $80m2 on top.
  • Overall project costs and additional construction-related expenses

On average, travertine tiles and pavers cost is $44m2 – $59m2



What to look for when purchasing travertine tiles and pavers for swimming pools?

As travertine is a affordable, long lasting paving alternative, you should always consider a few factors before purchasing your Travertine tiles and paverss for paving around your pool. Some of them are:

  1. Area Situation: Travertine is not good for areas which face long periods of freezing/thaw. So you should avoid using travertine in such areas.
  2. Tile Cost: As travertine prices vary dramatically SHOP AROUND.
  3. Surface Quality: Make sure that surface quality is not slightly rough and it shouldn’t have any spots/stains on them. Always check the crates of travertine before purchasing.
  4. Right cleaner: Do not forget to obtain right cleaner from your installer. Never use acidic cleaners as these can harm the stone very badly.

We hope considering these factors will help you during the process of travertine pavers and you’ll be able to get right product at right price.

Final Words Travertine Pavers for Pool Deck

By now as you know a lot more about travertine tiles and pavers, installation and cost, you should go ahead and make a wise move. Get your travertine installed today and decorate your pool with this amazing stone. Do not forget to follow all above tips. Following these tips will not only help you maintain your stone for a longer period of time but it will also retain its shape and color. Also, do not forget to contact us back in case of any query. We’ll be more than happy to assist you in this regard.








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What travertine surface finish is suitable for my area?

Generally speaking we recommend following these basic rules:

  • Outdoor tiles or paving we recommend a tumbled and unfilled tile or paver. This ensures a maximum non slip surface.
  • Indoor floor or wall tiles we recommend using honed and filled or for a more rustic effect tumbled and grout filled ( we have colour matched grout specifically manufactured for each travertine colour)
What are the MOST popular travertine colours?

Generally speaking here in Australia these are the most popular colours and surface finishes:

  • Outdoor tiles or paving we recommend a tumbled and unfilled IVORY travertine. Rustica is also very popular in Melbourne due to its very natural pitted surface ( which if preferred can be colour match grout filled). This ensures a maximum non slip surface.
  • Indoor floor or wall tiles the 2 most popular colours are Ivory or Silver travertine. As a rule the Silver Oyster is often the preferred option due to the fact that it often has a light creamy beige background with silver swirl highlights. The surface finish often preferred internally is honed and filled. BUT if you are looking for a more rustic or rural farmhouse effect I would suggest using the unfilled tumbled and grouting with our colour matched travertine grout.
How durable is Travertine?

Durability and Maintenance of Travertine FlooringTravertine is a very durablematerial in flooring to heavy traffic. Also, it is a very hard material when compared with marble. ... Because travertine is porous, it can be susceptible to spills and stains.

  • DURABILITY. Travertine Tile flooring is exceptionally durable.
  • FLOOR TILES. Travertine floor OR wall tiles when installed on a white based adhesive bed are EXTREMELY durable in both a domestic OR commercial installation. Minimum ongoing maintenance is required.
  • OUTDOOR TILES. Wether installed on a driveway or around a swimming pool travertine tiles or paving will not only delight you it will last the test of time. Due to the hardness (density) and low porosity you will be amazed at how it constantly looks beautiful wether 1 day old or 10yrs. 
What areas are suited to the installation of travertine?
  • Internal Floor Tiles 12mm Thickness (Walls & Floors)
    Family Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedrooms and beyond.
  • External 12mm Outdoor Tiles Thickness (Must have a concrete slab down)
    Pool Paving, Pergola, Pathways, Driveways, Feature Walls
  • Internal 30mm Thickness Step Treads
    Step treads, Floating or not completely supported surfaces, Benchtops
  • External 30mm Thickness Travertine Pavers  ( Can be layed on a sand base)
    Pool Coping, Driveways, Steps, Capping, General Paving, Step Treads, Stepping Stones.

    Travertine is one of mother natures most enduring and timeless floor covering solutions. Travertine has stood the test of time from use as a floor tile in Roman villas to the building of the coliseum. Travertine as you can see from our above specifications usage as a floor or wall tile to an outside tile paving around your swimming pool. 

  • What are French Pattern Travertine Tiles?

    Travertine not only comes in standard tile sizes but is available in various french Pattern Designs...

    • STANDARD FRENCH PATTERN TRAVERTINE. This travertine pattern is probably the most popular travertine tile design installed here in Australia. Sometimes referred to as Versailles Pattern it combines the following sizes to form a unique tiling pattern; 610x406, 410x203, 203x203, 406x406 all in mm. This pattern is extremely well suited to both smaller areas and large areas of paving.
    • JUMBO FRENCH PATTERN TRAVERTINE. As the reference to jumbo implies, it is the extra large version of travertine french pattern. Well suited to large internal floors or large outdoor paving areas. We prefer this travertine pattern in rooms of at least 80m2 or outside paving areas in excess of 100m2 total area.
    What are the prices of tiles and pavers?
  • Internal Floor and Wall Tile Prices
    As a general rule you would expect to pay between $44m2 through to $69m2 dependent on tile size and colour. Silver starts at $46m2 whilst Ivory is only $42m2 in french pattern. The following are areas in a house where travertine is frequently installed;
    Family Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedrooms and beyond.
  • Outside Tiles and Pavers Travertine Prices
    You can expect to pay between $36m2 - $49m2 for 12mm tiles whilst 30mm thick pavers will vary between $39m2 - $69m2. The following outside areas are frequently paved in travertine:
    Pool Paving, Pergola, Pathways, Driveways, Feature Walls
  • External Step tread Paving and Pool Coping Tiles
    When paving the edge of a swimming pool we usually install drop face pool coping tiles on cement pools and 30mm thick tumbled coping tiles on fibreglass swimming pools. Expect to pay between $44pc - $89pc for drop face depending on colour selected and wether you require a 40mm OR 75mm drop face. Whilst 30mm tumbled edge pool coping pavers are $20pc - $30pc dependent solely on the colour selected. The following outside areas are frequently paved in these types of travertine:
    Pool Coping, Driveways, Steps, Capping, General Paving, Step Treads, Stepping Stones.
  • Is Turkish Travertine the best?

    When purchasing your travertine tiles or pavers we recommend selecting travertine from Turkey. The reasons for selecting Turkish travertine are as follows:

    • VALUE FOR MONEY. Turkish Travertine we believe represents TRUE value for money. As we deal DIRECTLY with the quarry owners and over time built a strong relationship we are offered 1st choice on the quarry blocks available for cutting into tiles or pavers. So not only can we GUARANTEE the best prices the quality at these low price levels is exceptional and others in the industry cannot offer the same.
    • COLOUR SELECTION. Unlike Iranian or Italian travertine, the colour selection available in Turkish travertine is simply unequalled from anywhere in the world. Silver, Ivory, Brown, White pure colours to the multicoloured blends that we have achieved allow Turkish travertine to blend in to most if not ALL modern decor trends.
    What are the standard travertine sizes stocked?
  • Travertine here in Australia is believe it or not based on U.S sizes. Whilst French pattern or Versailles pattern is the most popular size here in Australia, if you require a rectangular shaped tile or paver it will be 610mm x 406mm x 12mm or 30mm thick. Commonly stocked by the bigger retailers in a square shape is 610mm x 610mm x 12mm or 30mm thick. But when dealing with us we can virtually supply any custom size required.
  • Pool coping tiles are usually stocked in a tumbled or bullnose edge in 610mm(L) x 406mm(W) x 30mm(T) or 610mm x 610mm x 30mm.
  • Drop face pool coping is usually stocked in 610mm(L) x 406mm(W) x 40mm(D)x20mm(thickness at back of tile) OR with a 75mm Drop.
  • Should I seal my Travertine once installed?

    It has long been our view that it is not necessary to seal travertine around swimming pools. However travertine should always be sealed in the following instances - in or around BBQ areas, driveways, ALL internal wall or floor applications, Outside entertainment areas where you will eat food.
    Today's sealers make it very easy to seal your travertine. We have 2 main types of surface penetrating sealers (non slip):

    • Stone Shield - being nearly invisible.
    • Colour Enhance - highlighting the natural colour variation and highlights in each natural stone tile
    General cleaning of your travertine paving

    It has long been our view that it is not necessary to seal travertine around swimming pools. However travertine should always be sealed in the following instances - in or around BBQ areas, driveways, ALL internal wall or floor applications, Outside entertainment areas where you will eat food.
    Today's sealers make it very easy to seal your travertine. We have 2 main types of surface penetrating sealers (non slip):

    • Stone Shield - being nearly invisible.
    • Colour Enhance - highlighting the natural colour variation and highlights in each natural stone tile