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The Travertine Pavers Guide

As home owners, we are always seeking new options of decorating when considering home renovation. Home improvement experts are now advising on the use of travertine pavers for exterior use. They are beautiful and functional at the same time.

What is Travertine?

Travertine is a sedimentary rock that occurs naturally. Travertine is very different from stones like marble and granite. It is formed in hot springs and limestone caves as minerals are left behind after water evaporates. These minerals create the colours, the shades and the beauty that is travertine today. Its main feature is the shallow cavities that are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.

Primarily, travertine tiles are used for indoor purposes while pavers are used for outdoor purposes. Standard tiles are 12mm thick while pavers are 30mm thick.

Types of Travertine Pavers

Natural colour and the stone’s finished surface create the difference between individual pavers. The colour of travertine depends on the presence of various minerals. This allows for a huge pallet of colour choices ranging from ivory and light beige, all the way to dark browns. They are also available as a combination of these colours such as chocolate, cream and cappuccino. Other colours such as red, pink, gold and silver are also available. These natural colours make this material perfect for any outdoor setting.

Travertine has a textured surface due to the natural cavities in the stone. There are two grades of paver; premium and commercial. The premium grade is the highest quality of pavers. Why? Because the higher the number of cavities, the more the quality decreases. The commercial grade tends to have a lot of cavities. As such, home builders have developed the art of filling these cavities, which improves the appearance, not the quality of the paver. Appearance is also individualised as the pavers are either honed, chiselled, brushed or tumbled in the finishing process. Note that high quality travertine requires minimal or even none of these processes.

Pavers are available in either vein cut or cross cut. Vein cut has more lines and patterns since the stone is cut vertically across the vein.

How to use Travertine Pavers

Travertine pavers are a good choice for walls and flooring for both indoor and outdoor use such as around pools, decks, driveways, outdoor fire places, outside stairs, exterior house walls, pool steps and patios. Tiles are a good choice for bathrooms, laundries and kitchens (cladding kitchen surfaces) and splashbacks.

Advantages of Travertine Pavers

  • Provide a natural and unique look that improves the appearance of any home
  • Extremely affordable owing to the fact that they are natural stones, imported from several parts of the world
  • Durability – Hard wearing, salt and weather resistant and enduring of time
  • Very easy to clean. Although there are cavities, travertine pavers are less porous than man-made cement pavers
  • Due to their traction, reduces the risk of slipping especially around pools
  • Travertine pavers are a great home improvement. They offer numerous options of colour, size, finish and pattern


This travertine pavers guide reveals:

basic info about travertine rock, types of travertine pavers, how to use and benefit of travertine pavers in Sydney.

For more info about travertine pavers and their use, please contact Marble Matters on (02) 9648 6222.