If you’ve decided to make the plunge and arrange for travertine installation in your backyard, you no doubt want to get the most value for your money. Whether you’re designing a new patio or pool area with these travertine pavers, you’ll want to take steps to ensure they look great and are in good condition for years to come.
Luckily, these products are durable enough to resist damage from the rain, snow, ice and wind. However, the outdoors can have a way of creeping up on your travertine pavers and negatively impacting their aesthetic in ways you might not expect.
To protect the look and feel of your backyard patio or pool area, here are some simple maintenance and care tips to keep in mind.
Handle heavy outdoor furniture with care
Once your travertine installation is complete, you’ll likely want to begin decorating the area with attractive outdoor furniture. As you’re doing this, make sure you handle any particularly heavy pieces with caution.
Furnishings made of heavy plastic, wood or metal may crack or chip travertine pavers if they’re dropped on the stone, so move carefully and deliberately when arranging these outdoor pieces. You don’t want your brand new patio table or barbecue grill to be the ruin of your patio’s appeal
Keep grass and weeds under control
There’s nothing worse than seeing tall grass and weeds start to peek through the cracks between brand new stone pavers, so watch out for any parts of your patio that are adjacent to your yard. Ideally, you should be using a weed-whacker or stone edger to keep your lawn separate from your travertine patio.
In addition to trimming and edging, you may want to use weed control products to keep unwanted plants from intertwining with your attractive stone design.
Watch out for mildew and grime
Sooner or later, you may have to deal with the effects of the weather on your travertine pavers. While the elements aren’t likely to impact the structural integrity of your stones, it is possible that mold, mildew and grime will begin to form on the surface of your pool area or patio.
If you do spot patches forming on your stones, consider using a high pressure power washer to clean up the area. Using a concentrate jet of water, this device can instantly remove the most difficult buildups of grime without harming the travertine below.