How Can Sealing Help if My Travertine Has Been Neglected?
Travertine pavers are a beautiful way to spruce up the exterior of your home. They’re most often laid around a pool area but can be used for walkways and patios as well. When it comes to caring for your travertine pavers, however, you’ll have to put in a bit of work.
Unfortunately, not everyone is aware that you need to care for and seal travertine pavers when you first get them installed. This can lead to your pavers looking neglected and deteriorating much quicker. In an ideal situation, you would have already sealed your pavers shortly after installation. However, if this isn’t the case, sealing the pavers now can still help.
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Why Should I Seal My Travertine Pavers?
Sealing your pavers prevents erosion and early signs of deterioration. The best time to seal your pavers is shortly after you have them installed, but you can still seal the pavers later. Sealing your travertine won’t restore them to their original state, but it will prevent the signs of wear and tear from becoming more noticeable.
There are several reasons why you should seal your travertine pavers, even if they’ve been partially neglected. Here are just the top few:
Mold and Mildew Prevention
Because travertine is a porous stone, mold and mildew love to grow in the little gaps and cracks along it. When mold spreads between your pavers, it can lead to your travertine looking and feeling dirty. Bad smells will also be easily trapped in the pavers.
Sealing your pavers will fill in these gaps so that mold and mildew are unable to grow. In the rare case where mold does still grow on your pavers, cleaning it off will be much easier when your pavers are sealed.
Weather and Water Protection
No matter where you live, your pavers will need to be protected from the weather. In the south, long hours of direct sunlight will lead to your pavers quickly losing their color and fading. In the north, cold, wet winters will make your pavers crack and deteriorate quicker. Humidity encourages mold growth, and dry, dusty winds will scratch and wear down the pavers.
Sealed travertine is well protected from weather of all kinds. If your pavers are in a pool area, you should definitely seal your pavers to protect them from excess water exposure.
Sealing travertine gives it an extra shield with which to protect itself and as such, extends the expected lifespan of your pavers. Sealed pavers can withstand storms and extreme weather, but they’re also better prepared to take on the day-to-day wear and tear.
If your pavers are used for a footpath or receive foot traffic often, sealing them can reduce the chances of a path being worn into your pavers.
How Often Should I Seal My Travertine?
If you’re a little late with maintaining your travertine, it’s still crucial to stay on top of sealing your pavers now so that no further damage is done to them. You’ll want to protect the current state of your travertine as your pavers will only deteriorate further if left unprotected. An excellent way to ensure your travertine pavers are protected is by sealing them as needed.
When it comes to how often your pavers need to be sealed, the answer will vary. Most people will schedule an appointment once every three to five years. This depends on how much foot traffic your travertine sees and if you experience harsh or extreme weather at any point of the year.
You’ll be able to tell when it’s time to reseal your pavers when you notice patchy areas or stains.
Travertine pavers are beautiful, but they need to be taken care of. Neglecting your pavers will lead to a shorter lifespan and result in your pavers losing their appeal sooner. It’s never too late to seal your pavers, though, and prevent further neglect from harming them. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today so we can help you protect your travertine and extend its lifespan.