If you have some type of experience it is possible to install Travertine Pavers yourself. However, it is highly recommended that you consult a professional prior to installation to gain a better understanding of the installation process. We can assist in referring you to a list of very experienced installers or contractors who specialize in Travertine Pavers installation. To avoid any major problems or challenges, it is still best use a professional paver installer.
If you have existing concrete especially on a driveway, it is recommended to have the concrete removed and excavated to have a more leveled surface to work with. Then, mark out the area in which you would like to lay your Travertine Pavers by using wooden stakes. Remove excess dirt and turf to ensure a depth that is suitable for the Travertine Pavers and the base setting materials. Remember Travertine Pavers are generally 1 1/4″ thick.
Laying the setting materials for the Travertine Pavers
Once you have made sure the site is leveled, now you can lay your base materials to start installing Travertine Pavers. This can consist a layer of gravel with crushed stone, generally about 4 inches deep, you may also want to use a layer of filter fabric, or geo-textile if your soil don’t drain very well. The soil needs to be draining quite well to avoid trapping any moisture under the Travertine Pavers to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Compact this layer of material with a plate compactor, for the best results.
Once the crushed stone is compacted tightly, now you can add a layer of sand which will be the bedding for your Travertine Pavers. This layer is generally about 1 1/4″ deep since Travertine Pavers are generally 1 1/4″ thick. This layer should also be compacted using the plate compactor.
Laying Travertine Pavers
Start in the corner and set the first few pavers in, lay them closely together, and you may use a rubber mallet to set them into the sand bedding. Please remember to mix the different crates of Travertine Pavers while you start laying the Travertine Pavers to ensure all the colors blend in together.
Cutting Travertine Pavers
To custom cut some Travertine Pavers to fit into some of the spaces, first measure ad mark the line on the Travertine Paver, the use a diamond blade power tool to cut along the paver.
After every row of Travertine Pavers are installed, check to see if the surface level is consistent throughout by using a spirit level. If there are any higher spots, remove the relevant pavers, and take away some of the sand, then replace the Travertine Pavers. If there are any lower spots, add more sand to the bedding to level the surface. If there are areas on the site that need to be sloped for the draining purposes, please make sure it is sloped properly to allow the water to drain.
Fill The Joints
As soon as the Travertine Pavers are installed, it is time to fill in any gaps between the corners of the Travertine Pavers by sweeping extra sand on the surface of the Travertine Pavers.
Hose The Surface
With a garden hose, simply hose down the area to wash off any excess sand on the surface. This watering process will also help tightening up the sand in the joints to achieve the best results.