TRAVERTINE PATIOS & SALTWATER POOLS
IS TRAVERTINE THE RIGHT CHOICE AROUND A SALT-WATER POOL?
There are some recent updates that involve natural stone patios & salt-water pools. We have had several requests for Unique Warranty Department to look into some premature decay in our Travertine patios. This decay is noticeable in as little as 6 months for untreated & unsealed patios, and usually only affects about 3 – 5% of the patio (select pieces). During the sales process, we try to help our clients understand all aspects of their backyard & swimming pool, and this subject always comes up when dealing with saltwater pools. There is always some risk with natural stone, but choosing cosmetics over durability is usually the case. It has a been a policy of Unique to highly discourage the use of flagstone & cantera stone products around saltwater pools because of their inability to withstand the long-term effects of saltwater. With some of these recent job site visits, it’s clear that saltwater can have similar effects on select pieces of Travertine patio. Although we feel the beauty of Travertine around our swimming pools is unsurpassed, these recent discoveries have helped us to learn more about some additional maintenance that is required from the home owner (to preserve the longevity of the patio). There are many solutions that involve a simple do-it-yourself sealant, to more complicated ones that involve removing the salt system from the pool. There is a lot to understand, which is why we’ve created this information page, and we are always here to help.
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THINGS TO CONSIDER:
1. Consider the benefits, pros & cons of using a salt chlorination system before installing one. This thought process should go right down to the overall look & feel of the pool as well. Remember, salt chlorination is just a way to easily add chlorine to your pool on a daily basis – there are other ways of chlorination your pool PENTAIR RAINBOW CHLORINATOR & PENTAIR INTELLICHEM.
2. IF you choose Salt, make sure your patio choice is right for you. The most durable pool decking is concrete w/ acrylic “lace” overlay, or as most call it “cool deck”. Some of our upgraded options involve our amazing “rock deck”, which is a three color blended stone texture, using the same material as acrylic lace. This high strength overlay is durable, resists salt-water, is easy to clean & maintain, and is almost as non-slip as cool deck. It looks incredible as well.
3. IF you choose Salt, and can’t live without Travertine, make sure you use a great sealer! A good penetrating stone sealer is recommended, and the average cost of sealing a Travertine stone patio is around $1.25 to $1.50 /s.f. Sealer should be applied every 2 years, as the Arizona sun has a tendency to break down sealers twice as fast as other areas of the country. Contrary to popular believe, more sealer is not better. Don’t seal more than every two years (This can cause multiple layers of sealer to build up, and turn white).