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Unread 03-21-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Travertine pavers for pool decking

I'm having the pool remodeled, involving replumbing and removal of the current concrete pool deck. In researching replacement decking options I ran across the 1.25" travertine pavers. Can anyone from a southern climate tell me how hot these things get? All the literature says they stay naturally cool, but I heard the same story about white concrete pavers. I picked up a handful of the concrete pavers and set them out last summer and those things get blazing hot! I like the flexibility of the pavers, should there be a need to get under the decking again, but also like the flexibility to actually walk around the pool. Thanks!
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Unread 03-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
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The light colored travertine is not bad. You can always take a few pieces and lay them out on a blazing afternoon and check em. Phillipine shellstone is relatively cool as well. I know what you mean about the concrete pavers.
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I have done a number of trav pool decks and they get blazing hot.I think your temps are similar to ours.As said,less dense stone, or lighter is better.
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Jerry & Dave are right. darker colors hold heat more then lighter colors, its simple.
and from what I know man made material do get hotter then natural products.

these 6x12 Roman Blend and 6x12 Medium River travertine paver’s we did this year on a pool deck doesn't get overly hot in the sun, but the darker Noce pavers are slightly hotter.


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Wow, that is really nice Brian. How are pavers like that laid? Same methods as tile?
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Unread 03-23-2012, 09:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys. Unfortunately, I don't have time to try them out this year. It won't be hot enough for a couple months yet, and everything will be done by then. I wish I knew about them last year when I tested the concrete pavers.

I would definitely go for the lighter colors, actually was looking at some Roman Blend. Can you walk comfortably, without shoes, on the lighter colors (roman blend)? How about a comparison to Kooldeck? Our kooldeck gets warm, but we can walk on it barefoot no problem.

Jerry, I'll check into the phillipine shellstone, not heard of it before.

Brian, those decks look great! Have you ever put in a pavers (no concrete) around a fiberglass pool?
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Philippine/Marbella shellstone

The Philippine shellstone can easily have matching coping made to order. If and when we build another pool we will use it for the deck and coping.
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Hi sdk,

That is a good idea to use travertine pavers around the pool.
Over the years many of our customers compared travertine pavers to other possibiities for pool decking.
There are many criterias for good pool decking as, are they getting hot? Are they porous enough? Are they slippery etc.
What I see is Travertine has a balance of all this criterias. Can not say they are not getting hot under the sun but better than most manmade pavers or some other natural stones. So there is no perfect material but I think travertine is a very good decision.
About the size, finish. I would say Tumbled travertine is the best option for you. Honed is slippery and we do not reccomend it around the pool. Size is depend on your project size. If you have something bigger than 1000 SF bigger size is always better. 6"x12" will be too busy. You might look for French Pattern(Aka Random Pattern).
And I agree with all other folks, lighter color is good for hot climates. But not too light. It is difficult to keep it clean. So I might reccomend you Ivory or Classic color.
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