Travertine Pavers Cost Guide
When it comes to home remodeling, tile and pavers are an excellent way to update a space and allow a homeowner many options while keeping it within their budget. Travertine pavers are an excellent choice for both indoor patio and outdoor construction projects.
- $12-$15 per square foot
While brick pavers are an economical choice for many, travertine pavers are a specialty paver that requires special ordering and sizing, depending on the project. On average, most homeowners can expect to spend on average about $14 per square foot for 100 square feet of space. When estimating cost, it is important to consider a few things:
- Geographical location
- Travertine availability
- Contractor costs
- Overall project costs and additional construction-related expenses
Travertine is a rock made from carbonate minerals such as aragonite. Many homeowners choose travertine because of its beauty and durability. In its natural and pure form, most travertine is white, but as impurities settle in, brown and yellow colors and hues begin to surface. Many times, areas that are rich in limestone see carbon-dioxide-rich water percolate through. When the water later resurfaces—carbon dioxide is released and causes the rock to become porous, having a generous amount of cavities and holes. This look is sought after by homeowners because of its unique appearance and qualities. Travertine pavers are often used outside in an array of projects including:
- Landscape art
- Aquatic trim
Travertine pavers are similar to marble pavers in that their design patterns carry several colors and intricate veins that run through each piece. No two pieces are the same. This gives them a pristine quality and appearance that sets them apart from the rest. They are not as bold as marble and carry a very natural stone appearance, which makes them very desirable in almost any location.
When considering costs, keep in mind that expenses may incur when choosing the design cut of the paver. Some are uncut, which are often the most economical, but generally come in large slabs in which you will have to determine the size and style. They can be custom-cut per your specifications, but this can cause an increase in the overall price per square foot. Smaller pavers may come tumbled or chiseled to create a uniform design pattern. A mosaic style is often most sought after by homeowners, especially as a focal point of a driveway or patio design.
The design possibilities are endless. Meeting with a qualified and experienced contractor will ensure that the homeowner receives quality workmanship and installation.
Materials and Other Costs
Travertine is often used in conjunction with other materials when it comes to special large-scale projects. The two most popular paver choices are concrete and brick. Concrete is very economical and can be color matched to resemble travertine. Homeowners often utilize concrete pavers for large driveway and sidewalk projects and then implement travertine pavers for inlet designs to save on overall costs.
Homeowners should consider the cost of excavating the area as well. Engineering costs to design and create the right surface can take up the bulk of the overall construction budget. Property and building permits will also have to be considered into the final cost of the project.
Materials such as sand, gravel, and Flexbond should be taken into consideration. If the homeowners want to seal the pavers, grout will need to be used. Another option is polymeric sand swept into the joints. This will help seal the pavers into place and create a finishing touch. Adequate materials needed for soil drainage such as pea gravel should also be considered into the overall costs.
Travertine is well sought after as an outside stone choice because it tends to stay cool to the touch in hot temperatures. Travertine pavers placed around a pool or hot tub allow for a more comfortable surface as opposed to concrete which can relay a lot of heat onto the skin’s surface.
The beauty that travertine carries is its overall biggest advantage over brick and concrete. It has a stand-out appearance of natural stone beauty that can’t be replicated. The detailed design and porous texture creates its own design element that projects a natural beauty and highlights almost any environment. Homeowners desire the look of travertine because no matter what colors and textures their backyard carries, travertine is a true accent.
Any type of special cut to create a uniform design is going to raise the cost of each paver. The best way to save money on travertine pavers is to order a lot of them at wholesale cost. If there are special cuts that you need or larger pieces, costs can increase dramatically. Travertine is not readily available within every location in the U.S. It is found naturally in some places within the western and central U.S. and most commonly in Italy. Depending on the type, quality and cut, travertine can be easy to access through local landscape companies and stone wholesalers. Homeowners should take cost into consideration if they are looking for an Italian travertine that has to be shipped from overseas. Intricate design patterns and paver cuts imported from Italy can be double or triple the cost per square foot from an U.S. based wholesaler or seller.
There are many things to consider with the final costs of installing travertine pavers. The biggest one being the stone itself. For homeowners wishing to install travertine pavers on their own, buying in bulk at wholesale costs is the best method for savings potential. Travertine has different appearances, depending on where it is located. This can be a very important factor to the design process. It is recommended that unless the homeowner has previous experience with laying paver bricks, professional installation is the best route. Travertine is a stone that will last a lifetime as long as it is maintained properly. This starts with proper care and installation of the paver.
Last updated on Jan 12, 2017
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