Travertine tiles are well-suited for Australian climate, for both commercial and residential uses. Travertine floors naturally keep the buildings cool in summer and warm in winter at a rate notably superior to synthetic materials such as ceramics, tile, plastic, or laminate. Travertine is easy to install and maintain, and matte surface minimises the risk of accidents and natural stone is durable and aesthetically pleasing.
In Australia, a wide selection of travertine in varying grades and styles are increasingly popular as the material of choice for pavement, flooring, patios, outdoor areas, stairs, swimming pools, bathrooms, garden installations and other home and office elements. Polished, brushed, honed, saw cut and tumbled travertine are all compatible with Australian weather, though we would suggest filled travertine for areas that will likely be exposed to moisture.
Australia uses the official travertine dimension stone standard specification C1527/C1527M-11 by ASTM International. A wide range of travertine pavers in various patterns costing from $24 each is available on the market, depending on the functional and aesthetic requirements and complexity of your paving product.
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You can never go wrong with travertine tiles or pavers when looking for the perfect landscaping solution. These are versatile materials that are functional and aesthetically pleasing for any outdoor application, such as your patio. Using travertine pavers for your patio will result in an elegant and sophisticated outdoor leisure area where you can relax and entertain guests. They are excellent for patios and other outdoor applications due to their naturally non-slip surface, which provides better grip to prevent you from slipping and falling (especially when the ground is wet). And since the pavers are made of natural stone, your travertine patio, pool paving can blend harmoniously with your home’s natural surroundings.
Being made of natural stone, travertine is among the most durable materials used for landscaping and building a patio. Their incredible strength and resilience are proven by ancient Roman structures, such as the Colosseum, which still stands today, even if it is centuries old. Travertine is virtually unbreakable, and it can withstand weights up to 8,000 lbs. per square inch. Hence, you are investing in a material that can last for generations while adding immense value to your home.
The best travertine to use for your patio or pool have a brushed unfilled surface and are about 12mm thick for tiling over an existing slab OR 30mm thick for paving on a compacted sand base. They can either be in a tumbled or brushed and chiseled finish, both of which come with properties that can make them slip-proof. Go for a chiseled finish if you want to achieve an old world or rustic look that is reminiscent of Renaissance castles and courtyards, or a tumbled finish for a more contemporary look and feel. If you are not sure which type of finish or color to use, consider ordering free samples from a reputable natural stone supplier.
Seasoned architects and builders who specialize in building luxury homes recommend travertine pavers because the material is low-maintenance, easy to maintain, and capable of standing up to extreme weather conditions. In case grit, soil, and sand is present on your patio, you can easily get rid of them with a damp cloth.