Travertine and limestone pavers fall under stone pavers that one can use for making the pavement area around their house or other dwelling. The choice between travertine or limestone pavers is a mix of functionality as well as visual appeal.
People tend to confuse travertine and limestone rock. Travertine is a natural occurring stone that occurs in hot springs and forces of compaction. In fact, travertine is taken to be a type of limestone rock which is much more calciferous. Due to these increased levels of calcite, travertine rock is much softer and malleable than other rocks. There are 2 types of travertine pavers, filled and unfilled. Filled pavers are typically filled with cement in order to smoothen them out and achieve a flat surface. The converse is unfilled travertine which has many more holes and thus is much rougher compared to types of rock. Limestone rock is layered rock that is formed through sedimentary action. Limestone is primarily a calciferous rock that is hardened through tectonic action.
Variety of choice
Since travertine is a form of limestone, it follows that there are more options to choose from when it comes to limestone pavers. Typical variations of travertine pavers would be Miletus travertine pavers, Hiera Noce travertine pavers, Silver travertine pavers and Mocha travertine pavers. Typical variations of limestone pavers would be Lunar limestone pavers, Lara cream pavers, Silver royale pavers, Pietra grey pavers, North black pavers, Mersin grey pavers, Anamur classic pavers, Boz grey pavers, Cuarzo pavers, Pavian pavers, Anamur contemporary pavers and Luxury grey pavers.
The type of paver one chooses is also dependent on the purpose the pavers would serve. Take for example one is searching for which pavers would best line their swimming pool.
As mentioned before, travertine is known to have a surface with multiple small holes which may be attractive at first. As expected, these holes may then gather dirt over time. Furthermore, the constant supply of water and (probably) heat forms an ideal environment for the growth of mould and as with any surface exposed to water over time, the surface will eventually exhibit a dirty appearance over time. This implies regular cleaning or maintenance to deal with this and may even require hiring out this service. There are filled travertine pavers, but this means losing the entire aesthetic appeal that travertine offers in the first place.
Travertine is also quite water soluble (this is a result of its structure; it is also composed of calcium which is water absorbent as well), This isn’t a problem until extremely low temperatures may lead to freezing of water (water expands on freezing) and thus damages the travertine itself. Furthermore, the combination of water of heat may lead to damage in the travertine pavers. Travertine would be more applicable for paving parts of your dwelling that are shaded away from the sun or heat.
Limestone would probably the best option for your pool then. Its hardened outer layer is much more resistant to damage and would serve as a better paver for you. Also, they offer a non -n slip base which is ideal for outdoor areas. Care should take to acquire the less slippery variants for pool pavement. If one acquires the smoother variants, then the pool pavement is more likely to become a slip hazard when wet. Despite being hard, the rock can also be cut to fit any shape you want. As shown earlier, limestone offers a greater variety to choose from for homeowners with varying colours to go with whichever colour palette one has chosen for their home.
Generally, it seems like limestone is a safer choice all over and may be best for homeowners who are undecided over which type of paver is best for their house.