If you want to put together a tiled patio reasonably quickly, then travertine tiles are the way to go. Lay them on a bed of compressed sand, spread sand between the tiles once laid, and the job is done. It does sound simple, and with the right tools and materials, it is that simple. Travertine tiles are perfect for patios as they are durable, not susceptible to erosion or fading. Once installed, there is very little maintenance required – another big bonus for people with busy lives.
Travertine tiles require a level surface that has been compacted. Hire a compactor for the day – it will make your life much easier. To begin, dig out the area that you want tiled, then spread builders gravel and compact. You need to build up several layers of compacted gravel to roughly four inches. Add a layer of sand and compact, again building this layer up to around two inches. You can then lay your travertine tiles butted up against each other. Once completed, spread sand over the top and sweep it into the spaces between each tile. Job done, and when it comes to maintenance, just sweep some sand over the top every couple of years.
That’s a quick and dirty look at installing travertine floor tiles for a patio. If you want more detailed advice, come and talk to one of the tile experts at Éco Dépôt. We have a wide range of travertine tiles for you to choose from, and we are always happy to provide information on how to install and maintain your tiles.
If travertine isn’t quite the look you’re after, talk to us. There are many different types of tile that are suitable for use as patio flooring, and they are often just as easy to install – we can help you find the right tile for your next project.