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August 28, 2016


Travertine pavers give any homeowner the opportunity to own a patio, sidewalk or driveway that looks as if it were right out of a cathedral. Travertine pavers can add value to the home by being aesthetically pleasing. If you have a concrete patio, sidewalk, driveway or walls, you can make them look much better with travertine pavers. Installing travertine pavers on top of concrete saves you money while increasing value. The following article will show you how.

Step 1 – Clean the Concrete

The last thing you want is to have dirt and other debris sealed into mortar. It will not be visible, but it can cause the travertine pavers not to set properly. Sweep away any dust that may be on the surface of the concrete. Mix a few drops of soap into the water reservoir of a power washer and then spray down the concrete. Rinse out the reservoir, fill it with clean water and then rinse down the concrete. Allow the concrete to air dry. If this is inside the home, you could use a dehumidifier to hasten the drying process.

Step 2 – Apply Mortar

With the concrete dry, you can begin applying the mortar to the concrete. Since both concrete and mortar are porous, they will bond together. Install the mixing attachment to the drill and, using the instructions with the mortar, mix it in the bucket. You can also buy mortar that is already mixed. Always begin at the inside corners of the project. Apply the mortar to the concrete using the trowel and being generous with the amount that you use. Work in small sections so you do not give the mortar much time to begin its drying process. Use the trowel to spread the mortar out over the concrete as well as to give it some texture.

Step 3 – Place Travertine Pavers

Once the mortar has been spread out over the concrete, you can begin laying the pavers. Place the pavers in the corner, first making sure they are tight against the wall. If doing a driveway or sidewalk, then add extra mortar to the outside edge to compensate for the spreading of the mortar. Once the paver is in place, press down on it while wiggling it from side to side. This helps to spread out the mortar as well as allowing it to attach to the travertine pavers. Place the next paver, butting it up against the last. Continue adding mortar and pavers in this fashion until they are all placed.

Step 4 – Clean Up

As you are placing the pavers, you will notice mortar being expelled through the seams. Use the trowel to remove this excess mortar and place it back in the bucket for use later on. The mortar needs to cure for at least a full day prior to being walked on. It will be at least a week before the mortar is fully cured.

What You’ll Need
  • Power washer – gernie
  • Broom
  • Mild soap
  • Travertine pavers OR tiles
  • Trowel
  • Mortar Mix
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Drill
  • Mixing attachment for drill
  • Straight Edge or Level
  • Chalk Line
  • TIME – If no time allow approx $65-85 m2 for a professional paver to do the job.
December 16, 2015




TIPSTravertine tile is a classic choice for floors and walls, both indoors and out. It’s versatile and timeless in its beauty and sure to transform any space you install it in.

In this article, we’re going to share 6 high level tips to keep in mind before getting started with your Travertine tile installation project. At the end of the article, you’ll find links to several resources that go into more depth on how to install Travertine tile.

If you haven’t already, you may enjoy these three articles which provide background perspective on Travertine:

>> See 13 Facts About Travertine Tile

How To Install Travertine Tile – 6 Tips
1. Before you start installing Travertine, assemble your tools.

The most common tools used to install Travertine tile – or most tile for that matter – include a tape measure, a rubber mallet, a power drill and mixing paddle, a marker or wax pencil, a level, a tapping block, a torpedo level, a chalk line, tile spacers, a margin trowel, a notched trowel and a wet saw.

Note that the size of the trowel will depend on the size of the mortar bed needed for the size of the tile you’re installing. See What Size Trowel To Use For Tile and Using the Proper Trowel.

2. Prepare your tile installation surface.

The surface you will be installing your Travertine tile on needs to be flat and clean. Be sure to spend time preparing the surface properly:

Remove any older floor covering, i.e., carpet, vinyl, laminate, older tile and replace or repair the sub-floor.
Repair any cracks in a concrete slab or cover them with a quality crack suppression system. See Why Underlayment Matters to a Tile Installation Project.
Rotten wood needs to be replaced and reinforced appropriately as necessary.
3. Lay out your Travertine tiles before installing them.

You read that right! Travertine is a natural stone with a lot of variation. As a result, it needs to be blended during the installation process so all of the dark pieces or light ones don’t wind up grouped together (unless that is the look you are after!).

Blend them. Do a dry run, lay the Travertine pieces out and see how they look. If you have multiple pallets or crates, work out of two or more at one time. It’s much easier to do so now when you can easily rearrange individual pieces rather than later when the tile is permanently “set in stone.”

Chiseled Edged Travertine Tile Finish

4. Make sure both Travertine tile and substrate are completely dry!

You cannot install wet Travertine. Both the tile and the substrate need to be completely dry when you begin your installation.

5. Use a white thinset with Travertine tile.

This is especially true with lighter Travertine. Remember that Travertine is porous; a gray or dark thinset can darken or tint the stone.

By the way, be sure to mix the thinset to a sticky peanut butter consistency.

6. When to seal Travertine tile?

Some installers recommend sealing Travertine before and after installation.

Others recommend before and after grouting.

Regardless, you will need to seal your Travertine tile. The most common sealers are Enhancing and Natural sealers. Enhancing sealers darken stone and give it a ‘wet’ look whereas natural sealers offer the same protection without changing the stones appearance.

(If you’re on the fence about which type of sealer to use, wipe a few pieces of Travertine with a damp cloth to see what an enhanced sealer will do.) We recommend that you apply sealer to part of a single piece of tile in an inconspicuous area to ensure that you’re happy with the results and to get a feel for how to apply it before you start on the bulk of your floor.

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