Many homeowners choose to use travertine pavers in their outdoor areas because of their durability and gorgeous finishes. And while consulting a professional about installation is a good idea if you're new to home improvement projects, it's relatively easy to install your own travertine pavers if you have a bit of experience. If you decide to embark on a DIY travertine installation project, chances are you'll need to cut a few pavers to fit into whatever space you're covering them with. Here's how to successfully cut travertine pavers so you can use them for all sorts of outdoor areas, like patios, driveways, garden paths and more.
Get the right tool
There are several tools that can be used to cut pavers, which are thicker than tile. These range from circular saws to wet tile saws, miter saws and masonry saws. But the most important thing to be sure that your saw has is a diamond blade. Because diamond is very hard, it makes quick work of pavers and gives you smooth, even cuts. The type of saw you choose is completely up to you, but make sure you know how to use it properly before beginning the project.
Measure and mark
Once you're set up, you'll need to figure out how you need the travertine to be cut. Take accurate measurements and use a pencil to lightly mark where each cut will go on the surface of the paver. You may want to use a tool to score this line into the paver to make it easier for the saw to cut through.
Adjust the saw
When you know what needs to be done, adjust the saw's cutting depth. You may want to make it a bit less than the thickness of the paver so it won't cut into the surface underneath the paver – especially if you're using a circular saw. The directions from the saw's manufacturer can clue you in to the exact specifications you need.
Put on your equipment
It's a good idea to wear safety goggles and a dust mask while you're cutting the travertine to make sure that the stone debris doesn't get into your eyes, nose or mouth.
Now, turn the saw on and run it over the travertine or push the travertine into the saw, depending on what type of saw you're using. Always make sure to keep your fingers clear of the blade and to shut the saw off when you've finished. After making the cuts, you may want to sand or shape the edges.