Frequently Asked Questions and Resources

What is Travertine?

This is a type of sedimentary rock, existing in different varieties such as white, tan, and rusty, creamy among others. It is in form of limestone which is deposited by mineral springs, formed through quick precipitation of calcium carbonate. It is mainly used for building.

Do I need to seal Natural Stone Pavers?

Sealers are not needed for natural stone pavers. However, a sealant may be required if you need to maintain the natural stone appearance.

Is Travertine durable?

Yes, Travertine is a durable material, making it suitable for flooring heavy traffic surfaces. Relative to other materials such as marble, travertine is a very hard material, resistant to temperature changes.

Why should I use Travertine Pavers on my Pool Deck?

Reasons, why travertine pavers are good for your pool deck, include: It is a good insulator, allowing for the reflection of solar heat and absorbing coolness from the underground. It is slip-proof reducing the risk of falling. Its porous quality helps it absorb the water preventing hazardous puddles from forming around the pool. Additionally, absorption reduces the chances of flooding. The fact that it comes with a variety of colors and style adds to the authentic nature of the pool.

Travertine vs Limestone

These two stones are often confused as the same but there are notable differences. Travertine is a type of limestone made of calcite, a characteristic that makes it softer than traditional limestone. It is formed when rock materials are subjected to intense pressure and heat. On the other hand, limestone is formed through pressure making it solid all through.

Travertine vs Marble

Formed through the same processes where intense pressure and pressure are applied, the two stones have some differences. In addition to being subjected to heat and pressure over a long period of time, marble goes through a metamorphosis where it re-crystallizes and becomes denser. Travertine due to its unique characteristics is known to work well when used both inside and outside but marble is mostly used indoor.

How can I clean my Natural Stone Pavers?

Natural stone pavers are easy to clean. Light duty cleaning will only need a mop, water, and a light cleaner. Heavy-duty cleaning will need the use of more concentrated solutions to enable the removal of dirt.

What is the best way to install Travertine Pavers?

The best way to install your travertine pavers depends on your climate and weather for any reason you would like to remove or replace them at any moment. The dry set method is appropriate for northern climates and for surfaces that you would want to remove or replace for whatever reason. The wet set method is suitable for southern climates, it is time-consuming and cannot be removed easily, therefore suitable for areas where you do not have intentions to remove.

Can I install Travertine Pavers on concrete?

Yes, you can install Travertine pavers on concrete, they make the surface attractive. However, precautions must be taken by adding sand on the concrete to act as a buffer. Also, ensure that the surface is level to avoid bumps that may lead to cracking later.

Why should I choose Travertine Pavers over Concrete Pavers?

Travertine pavers are preferred over concrete for they last long and are naturally beautiful. They are easy to install, non-slip even when they are wet, easy to maintain, and stay cool, unlike concrete which can retain heat. The fact that they have been compressed in their natural setting makes them stronger than concrete.

How do I remove the stain on my Travertine Pavers?

It is easy to remove stains on the travertine pavers; start by identifying the type of stain and then use the appropriate stain remover. For most of the stains, a regular stain remover is adequate but for difficult ones, a poultice is recommended. It can be made at home or purchased from the stores. The removal process involves its application and waiting for fifteen minutes or more and then wiping it out.

Can I use Natural Stone Pavers on my driveway?

Yes, you can use natural stone pavers on the driveway; they are strong and can withstand high pressure from vehicles or heavy equipment.

What size or sizes of Travertine Pavers can I use on my driveway?

With travertine driveways, size is an important parameter, actually, we say smaller is stronger. Recommended options include: 4×8, 6×12, 24×24.

Does chlorine in pool water damage my natural stone pavers on my pool deck?

When properly installed chlorine may not damage the natural stone pavers on your pool deck, it will not also change their colors. If it happens, a proper sealant can be used and applied appropriately.

Is natural stone the best option for pool coping?

Yes, it is, it has several advantages including its capacity to resist heat and the fact that it absorbs water-reducing incidences of slipping and preventing flooding around the pool.

What is the thickness of your Natural Stone Pavers?

Most of the natural stone pavers today range between 18-22 mm in thickness.

Can you do 2" thickness on your Pavers?

Yes, depending on the use of the pavers. We will advise the customer accordingly, ensuring that they get pavers that meet their needs.

Can you do any custom size for your Pavers?

Yes, depending on the customer requirements, we strive to give our customer what they need and what works for their project

What is the percentage of the breakage that you recommend when buying from Nova Tile??

To cater for breakages in transit and waste from cutting, Nova Hardscapes encourage customers to buy between 5-10% extra materials.

Why should I invest in Natural Stone Pavers over other Paving Materials?

Natural stone pavers are known for their natural beauty, strength, durability, and availability in a variety of styles and colors, making them best for paving when compared with other materials.