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Old 03-08-2009, 01:34 AM   #1
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travertine pavers and foundation

we are putting a pool in our backyard and originally I was going to just put travertine tile over the existing concrete to save some money. As the project is going along, this will no longer be an option due to slopes and how it transitions into the pool. So I am starting from scratch and was thinking about having new cement placed and then placing the travertine tile on top. The other option of course is to just do pavers. The problem is that the travertine is going to wrap around the house onto the front porch which is part of the foundation that holds up part of the overhang. Placing travertine pavers would bring the top of the pavers too high. My other concern is the soil that this is going over is VERY clay like and even as they excavted our pool, the soil just does not move water. Does this also cause too many headaches for pavers?

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Old 03-08-2009, 05:37 AM   #2
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Concrete pavers set on concrete or crushed stone base and sand would be better.

As for the clay soil, if this is in a freeze thaw region, you need to remove at least 3" of it plus the thickness of any concrete you place there, fill the 3" with 3/4" stone for drainage, then 4" of concrete.

If you place the concrete directly over a clay base and it freezes out, say good buy to the slab.
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Hey John,

you can do "thin brick pavers" set in thinset.
they come in a bunch of colors.

thick sand pavers are also an idea like Richie said.
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if you do go the paver route the crushed aggregate and then sand will take care of the water. if you do a cement slab you can set them on it if smooth or use a thin sand bed.

you can also use "polymeric sand" in the joints which will make it weed proof and help the water to run off the pavers and not absorb much into the joints. I tell customers of mine this sand is better over regular sand since it wont wash away and helps stop weeds from coming up.
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