Whether you’re a homeowner that is a seasons veteran of the “DIY” method or you’re looking at hiring a professional to help you with renovations, it’s important to always know what methods are used for the installation process of any given function of your home. Even if you’re not going to be doing the work yourself, it’s important to at least have an idea of what’s going on so that you can move forward with a little peace of mind. Peace of mind can go a long way towards establishing favor for your house. It’s with that in mind that you should definitely look into how travertine pavers are installed inside and outside of the home.
There are currently two methods that are commonplace with this type of update, and each option relies on its own set of tools and sequences to get done properly. If you’re not familiar with either one, than you’ll want to look at the following travertine installation techniques before you try your hand at this or hire someone to do it for you.
2 Ways to Install Travertine Pavers Today
The first option that we will discuss briefly is called dry set. This is a highly recommended option t hat is often times touted as being far easier to get done than the other option, but it really is a matter of preference. The process requires compacting soil that is not too damp or dry, as either option will cause issues with the overall process. Once this is done, a border is created and sealed off before pavers are set down. Once pavers are set in the area, sand is added as a finishing touch. After this is done, polymeric sand is utilized to compact the pavers even more. A compactor can be utilized to push down on the tiles after they are placed evenly in an area and then swept clean. This of course is a simplified explanation. Compacting soil then adding gravel as well as sand before laying tiles and then running a compactor over it requires more in depth research, but for the sake of this brief article, the steps are overtly simplified.
When it comes to the second option, many aren’t so quick to recommend it. However, many that work with pool deck pavers and travertine in general find that this option can work as well as the preceding. This option requires a concrete surface to be down first, than an addition of mud is placed on top. The subfloor will receive a bonding agent, then grout, than the pavers will go on top of them. Each piece will get a slight nudge and tap with a hammer with care to ensure that nothing is broken. Light grout is sometimes added to the joints, and in time this becomes set.
The above 2 ways to install pavers is simplified, and should be investigated further. Each option has several steps to get done, and can take a great deal of time. It’s important to employ patience when attempting this, and if you’re not sure as to what you’re doing, hire a professional that can help get things moving forward the right way.