We love working with pavers. Some of our most favorite projects are to build a paver patio, walkway or pool surround. However, often times, our clients are not sure what type of pavers they want. Here we will look at both travertine and concrete pavers and compare their differences.
Travertine Pavers are 100% natural stone pavers sold in various sizes and patterns that are typically 1.25” thick which make them ideal for patios, walkways and pool surrounds. They are also cool to the touch. Travertine is a very earthy in appearance with each paver having its own unique look. Travertine comes in several finishes – tumbled (textured and porous surface), honed (smooth and matte) and polished (smooth and shiny).
Concrete pavers are a man-made product and are typically 2 ⅜” thick. Since pavers are man-made, they have a more uniform color to them. Pavers can also be mixed in matched in color and size to match your existing space. Pavers can be either tumbled or smooth depending on your preference. Concrete pavers have a wide range of colors to meet almost any need.
Most pavers, whether it is travertine or concrete, come in either square or rectangular shapes. However, with concrete pavers you are able to mold them into specific shapes since concrete pavers are man-made. Since travertine pavers are all-natural, they tend to only come in basic shapes such as rectangles or squares..
Travertine pavers and concrete pavers are actually pretty similar with regarding to cost. Travertine does cost more money for the actual paver since the stone must be quarried. However, installation is a bit less time consuming. Concrete pavers, on the other hand, are much easier to find locally, but require a bit more time and materials for installation.
Both travertine and concrete pavers have great durability, however, travertine may have a slight advantage. With travertine, you are getting stone that has been used in architectural structures for thousands of years. Pavers are a man-made product that have only been factory pressure tested. Concrete pavers do tend to be a bit easier to clean than travertine.
Concrete pavers and travertine pavers have excellent resale value. Installation of either of these has shown a significant boost in the resale value of the home. The paver, whether it is concrete or travertine, that best suits the space is the one that will best boost the resale value.