Advantages of Travertine versus paver patio?

The  two most common patio materials that are used by professionals today in the Charlotte, NC market are pavers and travertine. The question we are often asked is to compare the two?

 

 

Travertine:

  1. Larger tile like shapes
  2. Closer seams so limited room for dirt or weeds
  3. finished clean look
  4. slightly higher priced

 

Pavers:

  1. Multiple patterns and shapes
  2. tend to fade from sun
  3. slightly lower priced
  4. installed with sand in between where weeds can grow from the top

 

Both products are widely accepted in the market and hold up well over time. The key to any patio installation is the proper base and preparation with an eye towards drainage. For more information, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

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Is Travertine slippery?

With the explosion in the outdoor living category, there are more innovations being used for patios and porches. Over the past 10 years, the use of Travertine Tile style pavers has seen a boom!

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

The combination of the beauty of the product and the low-maintenance have made it grow in popularity. In addition, the price of Travertine is not that much greater than a paver patio.

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

The consistent question that arises is whether or not Travertine is slippery? The quick answer is no. This is true if you are using the Travertine stone paver (as opposed to travertine tile). In addition, so of the commercial sealers can make it more slippery. We have found it to be no more slippery that any other stone patio! To see some great patio designs, visit our stone patio photo gallery on our website.

 

What are my choices for pool decks?

There is a wide variety of choices when it comes to pool decks. Let’ start with the definition of a pool deck? A pool deck can be wooden deck structure that surrounds an above ground pool that has either wood or composite deck boards as a surface.  These are quite popular with above ground pools as you can hide the piping and pool equipment easily while provide access doors around the perimeter to get to the equipment when needed.

Pool decks can also be defined by a masonry product that surrounds a pool. These have evolved over the years as people are looking for low maintenance solutions, higher aesthetics, cool surfaces, and non-slip surfaces. By nature, pool decks are not inexpensive and they are not always best provided by the pool builder.

Concrete has long been a relatively affordable pool deck substrate. The concern with it is that it will crack. In addition, it not as aesthetically pleasing as some other surfaces. A product called “Cool Deck” is a masonry substrate that is best known for keeping your feet cool on hot summer days. These are still known to crack at times.

Pavers are being used as pool decks these days. They are aesthetically pleasing although certainly more expensive than concrete. A beautiful alternative is Travertine tile! These come in a variety of colors and patterns and are not much more than the cost of pavers. There are very popular in the Charlotte market! To see a complete photo gallery and design ideas for pool decks, simply go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built the herringbone pattern pool deck with brick pavers

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built the herringbone pattern pool deck with brick pavers

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Travertine tile pool deck as well as the stone outdoor fireplace in Waxhaw, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Travertine tile pool deck as well as the stone outdoor fireplace in Waxhaw, NC