Travertine has been used for many centuries in construction, dating from before the era of the Roman Empire. The surface of travertine pavers is characterized by pitted holes and troughs, and although these troughs occur naturally, they suggest that considerable wear and tear has occurred over many years. Some producers of travertine pavers use a grout to fill these holes, whereas others leave them open — travertine can be purchased "filled" or "unfilled." It can be effectively polished to a smooth, shiny finish or treated to retain its natural, textured appearance.
Travertine pavers come in many sizes and colors and are widely used in outdoor dining areas and patios, around pools, and on landscaped walkways. These pavers make excellent stepping stones in gardens. Travertine pavers can also be effective when used as borders along driveways or other paved surfaces, adding quality and interest to plainer, less expensive paving surfaces.
Because travertine pavers have so much natural beauty, they make a statement of elegance and style in any setting. The surface of the stone is heat resistant and, when left unpolished, is non-slip. Travertine pavers are highly durable and retain their color over time. Available in slabs and shapes of various sizes, the landscape designer or architect can create striking environments that highlight a property's indoor and outdoor areas.
Travertine pavers are extremely low maintenance. Informative sources about travertine cite its use in the construction of the Colosseum in Rome as an example of the stone's longevity and durability. As with most other natural stone paving surfaces, recommended cleaning is with water – either a landscape hose or a pressure hose.
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Travertine is considered a natural insulator because it traps the coolness of the earth and does not absorb the heat of the sun. As a paving material, the pits and troughs in the surface allow drainage and non-slip walking areas ideal for pools and in landscapes. Because of the stone's beauty, it can also be used on other surfaces such as retaining walls or light posts, giving a grand and uniform look to outdoor environments.
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