Similar to limestone and marble, travertine has a storied history as a plentiful, beautiful and durable natural building material. Constructed from travertine in 80 A.D., the Roman Coliseum speaks to the stone’s longevity. More recently, architects of the 20-year old Getty Center in Los Angeles chose travertine for visual appeal that rivals the priceless artwork it houses.
You might not think there’s a huge difference in the pavers you choose for your pool or patio other than their price and appearance, but we’re here to tell you that’s not the case. Particularly when deciding between limestone, concrete, brick, and travertine pavers, each type provides different benefits, and differs in maintenance, durability, safety, and more. To help you decide which paver is the ideal fit for your next landscaping project, here’s a full breakdown of the four paver types listed above.
Eden-Valders limestone is the preferred choice for pool projects as it offers durability, strength, solar reflectance and absorption resistance that few — if any — man-made cast stone products can provide. Likewise, the aesthetics of natural stone are innately sophisticated and elegant, making each pool project unique and visually stunning.
Adding an in-ground swimming pool to a home does more than provide a way to stay cool on those hot summer days. A backyard pool can add value to a home, provide opportunities to improve fitness and help create lasting family memories. A pool can also add aesthetic beauty to a backyard, creating a focal showpiece in an otherwise dull landscape.
Sitting poolside with a tall glass of lemonade and dipping your toes in the water can turn an average summer day into a resort-style experience. The materials and design you choose for your pool can dramatically affect that experience.
Adding a natural stone design element to a building or landscape project creates a look of sophistication and quality that’s difficult to achieve with other materials. In an effort to cut up-front costs, some designers and builders consider using cast stone for pool coping and outdoor pavers — a man-made material that can mimic the appearance of natural stone and can seem to have similar characteristics at first glance. A closer look, however, often exposes limitations and long-term problems.
A variety of pool decking options are available with an even greater variety of pricing and performance. You can choose from natural stone, concrete, composite materials, wood, brick, rubber and more.