Outdoor Oasis: Should You Choose Travertine Tile Or Pavers For Your Patio?

April 10, 2018


When it comes to the great outdoors, hardscaping can make one of the biggest impacts on your backyard or patio. There are many outdoor flooring choices available, and once you’ve finalized your selection of travertine as your material of choice, you’ll soon realize that there are still more decisions to be made. But don’t fret! Determining whether or not to pick travertine tile or travertine pavers mainly comes down to the look you hope to achieve, as well as the installation required.

You really can’t go wrong with either one since they both offer the same benefits. Each material stays comfortable under the sun, withstands harsh elements like frost, and adds value to the home. Travertine tiles are a thinner material at approximately 1/2-inch thick. They have a smoother appearance with some slight pits throughout and squared corners for a clean, crisp look. Since tile is thinner than pavers, it needs traditional installation methods like using grout. 

Travertine pavers are one of the more common landscape stones you’ll see. They are much thicker than tile and can range anywhere from 1 1/4 inches to 2 inches. They come in a wider variety of finishes, including rustic styles like chiseled and tumbled finishes, and provide natural slip resistance thanks to the small holes in the stone.

Pavers, however, can be installed on sand and gravel, will fit more into your natural setting, and will provide excellent drainage. Porcelain pavers are another great alternative to natural travertine because they offer the same look for less.

Now that you know the main differences between travertine tile and travertine pavers, let’s take a look at some of our favorite products to see which ones you’ll be floored by!

Durango Cream Travertine

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Durango Cream is a travertine tile that hails from Mexico and combines soft whites with beiges in a classic, aligned pattern. The 1/2-inch thick tile is available in honed, polished, and tumbled finishes. The light neutral tones of the stone, along with the various sizes, create a classic, sophisticated look for this outdoor pool patio area.

Soreno Taupe Arterra Pavers

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Soreno Taupe from Italy features soft, warm beiges for a polished travertine look. The 3-cm thick pavers come in a wide variety of sizes, from 2x2 to 24x48, and are mostly available in a smooth finish. The more polished pavers are the perfect choice for this modern outdoor space, especially with all of the natural stone used throughout the design.

Tuscany Walnut Travertine

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Tuscany Walnut is a natural stone paver made of cream and tan travertine from Turkey. The pavers offer design versatility as a result of its size range, from 12x12 to 18x18. The tumbled finish adds a rustic sophistication to any backyard like this outdoor oasis. This stunning space features light colors, including the beige pavers, which contrast beautifully with the vibrant greenery, warm wood tones, and blue pool.

Tuscany Beige Travertine

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Tuscany Beige is another travertine paver that comes from Turkey. It also is available in a 3-cm thickness and different sizes, such as 8x16 to 16x24. Its beige earth tones and tumbled finish convey an old-world charm, but in this luscious patio escape, the travertine pavers help give it a more current look.

Beton Grey Arterra Pavers

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Beton Grey is a porcelain paver with tonal swirls and clouds of grays for a stone-like, matte finish. You can select this durable material in an elongated 13x24 or classic 24x24 size. While it may work well with more contemporary or modern aesthetics, it does offer a timeless look that will last. This hardscaping features an interesting combination of spaced out pavers accented by grey gravel with a close install that looks like that of porcelain tile underneath the bamboo table and stools.

Whether you want to put travertine tile around the pool or the patio, it’s important that you take into consideration the installation options in addition to the design style. From travertine to porcelain, MSI offers a wide variety of outdoor tile and pavers to suit your specific needs. Chat with us online, contact an authorized MSI retailer, or visit an MSI showroom near you to learn more about your options in outdoor tile.


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