Unlike in the past, homeowners everywhere have a lot of options when it comes to choosing their pool deck will look. This does make reaching a decision somewhat difficult. You need to consider not just color, pattern, and texture, but also how well the pool deck’s surface will wear.
We’ve worked with every type of material that can be used for Scottsdale and Phoenix pool decks. While many pavers and tiles can give you a beautiful pool surround upon completion, they don’t all have the advantages that travertine pavers will give you.
If you thought that stunning good looks would be a top reason we prefer these as pool pavers, you’re wrong. That would make it 7 reasons that they excel, and there are more important points that the surface appeal to consider. So, aside from it’s incredible beauty, why is a travertine pool deck best?
#1: Surface Temperature
Except for the darker shades, travertine pool decks are 20-30% cooler than other natural stones and concrete pavers. We suggest you select the light walnut or taupe travertine paver colors. While they will still be hot during the summer, they will hold far less heat than most of the alternatives. This is better for your feet and the air temperature around your pool.
#2: Water Absorbency
Concrete pavers do absorb some water. Tiles do not, and neither does flagstone. Water is constantly present around a swimming pool, especially if it is heavily used by children. It has to go somewhere, and travertine absorbs more water than other paving materials.
With a slip resistance of 0.79, travertine pavers and tile meet the commercial standards in Arizona. The standards for residential swimming pools is lower, but using travertine gives you excellent safety against slip and falls. The surface feels smooth, yet it has great grip. In fact, the grip increases when the stone is wet.
Better paving materials today are fade resistant, but in the face of the desert sun, over the years even pavers do lose some color. Travertine pool decks are natural stone whose color is permanent versus dyes that are long lasting or fade-resistant.
#5: No Efflorescence
What is that? A powdery deposit that is commonly seen on concrete surfaces. It’s one of the biggest drawbacks to colored concrete so often used in stamped concrete paving. Any concrete surface is often plagued with this efflorescence powder forming on top. Once again, no travertine pool deck will ever have this issue.
Considered a soft stone, travertine is actually 2 times stronger than poured concrete. It also beats Kool Deck hands down. Both concrete and cool decking need crack and surface repair on an ongoing basis. With each patch job, your pool deck looks worse too because the repairs will never blend with the rest of the paving.
If you’re concerned that using travertine around the pool will create mold or mildew problems to deal with, it can be sealed so this will never be added to your maintenance tasks. In the dry climate we have here in the Phoenix – Scottsdale area, this is a rare occurrence. In other parts of the country, they will trouble with moisture causing mold or mildew, but they also have freezes so intense that it ruins travertine installed outdoors. We do have light freezes, but travertine is not compromised by the climate in this part of Arizona.
While this isn’t part of our numbered reasons for suggesting that travertine makes the best pool pavers, there is also the fact that it is hugely popular. This isn’t a fad or trend. It’s been in big demand for patios and pool decks for several years now, and instead of showing signs of loosing favor as a trend does, the requests for travertine paving in the backyard continues to grow.