How to Install Travertine Pavers
Travertine pavers can provide you with a beautiful surface in any outdoor area. These are a popular choice for patios and pool surrounds, as they provide a natural look that is unrivaled by any other material. Many people hire the installation of these pavers out, but with a little hard work, you should be able to do it yourself. Here are the basics of how to install travertine pavers.
Step 1 - Planning
Start out by doing a little bit of planning on how you will lay out the space. Take your tape measure and use it to get the dimensions of the area. Draw a sketch of the area on your piece of paper with dimensions. Then you can calculate how many square feet you need by multiplying the length and width of the space together. You can also draw out how you would like to lay the pavers in the space to get an idea of how it will look.
Step 2 - Compact the Ground
If you are laying the travertine pavers on soil, you need to make sure that it is compacted before you start. If the soil is loose, the pavers will become uneven and the finished product will not look good. Use a power plate compactor on the ground. This is a device that packs down the soil easily and quickly. Go over the entire area and make sure that it is smooth. Use your level to check the ground before moving on.
Step 3 - Edging
In order to lay the travertine pavers, you will need to put some type of plastic edging up around the outside. Put the plastic edging into the ground so that you have a guide to lay the pavers. This will give you something to lay the outside layer up to.
Step 4 - Lay the Pavers
Once you have the edging up, you can begin laying the pavers. Lay the pavers in the soil and press them down into it a bit. Lay the tiles directly up against each other. When you get to the outside edge, you will need to cut the pavers to fit. Use your circular saw with a diamond tipped blade to cut them. Be careful when you are cutting so that you can make a clean cut. You should also wear protective goggles so that nothing gets in your eyes. When you lay out a paver, use your level to make sure that it is even.
Step 5 - Fill in the Gaps
Once you have all of the pavers late, you can fill in the gaps with sand. Take some sand and spread it around the area. Use a broom to move the sand around and fill the gaps. After you have filled all of the gaps, you can remove the plastic edging and enjoy your new pavers.