There are many paver options for your Los Angeles patio, pool deck, or walkway. Some of the factors you will want to consider is the look and style you wish to create, the slip resistance of the material, and the durability. Two excellent material choices for any of those outdoor projects includes outdoor porcelain pavers and travertine. The two materials share some similarities but also have some unique characteristics.
We explore these two options in greater depth to help you weigh the possibilities.
What you Need to Know about Porcelain Pavers
Outdoor porcelain pavers have been trending recently, probably due to porcelain’s good reputation when used for interior projects. Just like indoor porcelain tiles, porcelain pavers outdoors are known to be durable, easy-to-clean, and appealing for the wide variety of patterns and colors available.
Porcelain pavers are a clay-based material, fired at extremely high temperatures. Because of this, they become a very hard, durable, and non-porous material. That high density makes them less likely to absorb moisture, which is a definite porcelain paver advantage.
The fact that these tiles won’t easily absorb moisture and grow mildew makes them a great choice for pool decking. These pavers are also known for being “skid-resistant,” which means they can be safely used in wet areas.
Since porcelain can be used both indoors and out, one of the things that homeowners like you appreciate most is the ability to create a seamless transition from interior to exterior. Imagine using porcelain tile in your kitchen, which leads onto an outdoor patio, also made of porcelain pavers. It makes the outdoor living space feel like a true extension of the home.
What you Need to Know about Travertine Pavers
Travertine pavers offer a very rich look that can add appeal to your outdoor space. These pavers have been said to have a “rustic” or “Tuscan” style which will add a sense of elegance to your outdoor project. Whereas porcelain is a man-made product, Travertine is a natural stone and has been used for thousands of years. It is naturally available in a variety of colors including gray, white, cream, tan, and gold.
Unlike the highly water resistant porcelain paver, travertine is just the opposite. As a very porous material, it tends to absorb water very quickly. However, this rapid absorption prevents the paver from remaining slick and travertine is considered a virtually slip-free option that works well for pool decking. It also tends to remain “cool to the touch,” which is highly desirable in our warm climate.
Porcelain & Travertine Pavers: Going Head to Head
If you’re struggling to decide between these two choices, here are some comparison points to keep in mind when comparing travertine pavers pros and cons with that of porcelain counterparts.
Travertine pavers cost slightly more than porcelain pavers. The actual materials are slightly higher in cost due to the natural stone option. Porcelain pavers cost, including installation, could cost slightly less as a rule, but it all depends on specific brands and the product that was selected.
Since travertine is a natural stone, you won’t have the same variety as man-made porcelain. With outdoor porcelain tile you can choose almost any color under the sun—not to mention the option for patterns. However, the natural variation of color and texture is enough to win a lot of homeowners over.
There’s really nothing quite like natural stone if it’s originality you want. Since it isn’t man-made, no two stones are alike and you’ll get a truly original product.
Both products are relatively low maintenance. However, due to its porous nature, Travertine is a bit more likely to stain. You can, however, have your travertine pavers sealed.
Winner: Porcelain, by a nose
Travertine and ceramic pavers are both highly durable products and recommended for most paved surfaces that get moderate foot traffic (no driveways). One plus in travertine’s column, however, is that its natural texture makes it much easier to hide little scratches should they occur.
Winner: Travertine, by a nose
Help from a Pro
We know that the choice of selecting the right paver for your project can be daunting. With so many options and factors to consider, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. This is where the help of a professional can really come into play. We have done countless paver projects and can work with your ideas to find the right product for you. With a keen eye for design, we can help you select the perfect paver for your outdoor project and then get started on the building process so that your patio, pool deck, or walkway is ready for enjoyment.
Give us a call at 818-244-4000 for more information or visit our website to get a free estimate on your patio, pool deck, or walkway project.