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How Much Do Travertine Pavers Cost Per Square Foot?

Typical Range: $9 - $17

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Prices are per square foot and do not reflect total cost. 

Travertine pavers are durable and attractive. Its natural accents will enhance the beauty of any outdoor area, big or small. The cost to install travertine tile varies greatly according to a number of factors. The size of your project area is the most significant factor affecting project cost; other important considerations are included below.

On This Page:

  1. Cost of Travertine Pavers
  2. Definition of Travertine Pavers
  3. Installation Steps
  4. Pros and Cons of Travertine
  5. Alternatives to Travertine Pavers
  6. Hiring Installers
  7. Conclusion

Travertine Pavers Cost Considerations

Travertine pavers cost an average of $4 to $6 per square foot, not including installation. If you’re planning to incorporate pavers into a patio or pathway project, also factor these elements into the total project cost:

  • Overall labor costs can range from $50 to $70 per hour for project installation .
  • Masonry professionals earn between $15 and $30 per hour based on experience and the precision required for a given job.
  • Project laborers may earn between $10 and $20 per hour.
  • Additional materials may include a sub-base, priced at approximately $12 per cubic foot.
  • Concrete may also be needed, averaging $75 per cubic foot.
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What are Travertine Pavers?

Travertine is a stone that is formed in limestone caves and hot springs. The majority of travertine used in the United States is imported from Turkey. Large blocks are taken from quarries and cut into pavers in factories. The material is also used in products such as tile and mosaics.

Varying grades of the travertine are available. Grade is determined according to the presence and appearance of pores. A piece with pores creating a sponge-like appearance is of commercial-grade quality, while a piece showing minimal pores is considered premium grade. Grade is a factor determining a project's cost; it’s important to find a balance based on both budget and desired effects.

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Installation Process

The cost to install travertine pavers ranges from $9 to $17 per square foot, depending on how many pavers you're having installed and the labor involved. This will factor into the other costs mentioned above to help determine a total price from the professional. If you're not hiring a professional, then you can install the travertine pavers yourself. In such cases, it’s important to follow a strict process when installing travertine pavers:

  1. Accurately calculate the amount of material needed for the job.
  2. Carefully design your project to limit wasted materials and avoid ordering too much product.
  3. Create a setup area where the pavers will be laid.  
  4. Remove existing pavers or concrete, if needed.
  5. Level and prepare the ground.
  6. Use concrete to create the most permanent walkway or patio (for a less permanent solution, use a sand-based mix).
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Travertine

While travertine can be costly, a paver walkway or patio can add dramatic effects to an outdoor area -- and it can significantly boost property value as well.

Travertine is durable, but it can also be susceptible to chips and other abrasions. It is also porous by nature and its pores tend to soak up liquids and stain.  That’s why it is important to clean spills on travertine floors promptly.

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Alternatives to Travertine Pavers

Some alternatives to travertine pavers include:

  • Travertine tile - Excellent as an option for covering an existing slab; tile thickness is 0.5 inches in comparison with pavers' thickness of 1.25 inches.
  • Concrete pavers - Numerous designs and finishes are available at much lower material costs; excellent for updating on a tight budget.
  • Flagstone pavers - Also created of natural materials; costs may be lower when locally sourced.
  • Stamped concrete - Modern concrete finishes include elegant stamping effects that are easier to install than pavers.
  • Concrete staining - A plain slab can be treated with specialized stains to achieve a variety of natural-looking effects, including marbling.
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Hiring Installers

Professional installation is an important consideration, especially for more complex projects.

  • A landscape architect provides access to a broad range of material choices.
  • A landscape professional has access to current design technology and software.
  • A landscaper can address issues related to setup. For example, sprinkler lines and landscape features may need to be adjusted if the project is located in an existing area of the yard.
  • A masonry company is adept in leveling and finishing projects involving concrete. Inaccurately installing pavers in concrete can leave an area looking sloppy.

Licensed contractors usually provide estimates at no charge. It's important to consider multiple bids in order to ensure you’re getting a fair price. It may seem as if the lowest bid is the best choice, but sometimes, you get what you pay for. It's always wise to verify that a prospective contractor is licensed and bonded before hiring him.

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Conclusion

The cost to install travertine pavers can be weighed against increased property values. The material is aesthetically striking, and its strength and durability ensures that it will provide long-term enjoyment as well.

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