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Travertine Sealing – Helpful Tips About Pool Patio Travertine Sealer

When it comes to enhancing the beauty and longevity of your outdoor spaces, few materials can rival the timeless charm of travertine. Whether it’s your pool deck or a patio, travertine tiles can transform your outdoor area into a luxurious oasis. However, to keep your travertine looking its best and protected from the elements, travertine sealing is essential. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of sealing your travertine tiles and discuss whether you should opt for a natural or gloss finish. Plus, we’ll introduce you to Sealer Pro, LLC, your trusted partner in travertine sealing.

Why Seal Your Travertine?

Travertine is a beautiful, natural, dense stone known for its unique patterns and earthy tones. It is also quite susceptible to staining, etching, and wear over time, especially when used in outdoor settings. To preserve the beauty and integrity of your travertine, sealing it is a must. Here are some compelling reasons to consider travertine sealing:

Stain Prevention: Sealing your travertine creates a protective barrier that repels spills and stains, including those from food, red wines, oils, grill grease, and pool chemicals.

Enhanced Durability: Sealed travertine is less prone to cracking, chipping, and wear, ensuring your investment lasts for years to come.

Color Enhancement: Sealing can intensify the natural colors of your travertine, making it appear more vibrant and appealing.

Easier Maintenance: Sealed travertine is easier to clean and maintain, requiring less effort to keep it looking pristine.

Weather Resistance: THE SUN BLEACHES THE TRAVERTINE. Outdoor travertine is exposed to the elements. Sealing it helps protect against rain, sun, and mold/algae, preventing weather-related damage.

Types of Travertine Sealing: Natural (recommended) vs. Gloss Finish

Now that you understand the importance of travertine sealing, the next decision is choosing between a natural or gloss finish. Each has its advantages, and your choice may depend on your personal preferences and the intended use of the travertine. Sealer Pro, LLC will use an impregnator sealer for a natural look or a film forming sealer for a gloss finish.

Natural Finish:

A natural finish retains the stone’s original appearance, allowing its natural beauty to shine through. Because Travertine is a more dense stone than brick pavers and is naturally beautiful, we recommend using the natural finish product. Another benefit to the natural finish product is the long term cost maintenance to the customer is cheaper than gloss finish. Because the natural finish sealer is what’s called an “impregnator”, it soaks into the stone rather than sit on top of the paver like a “film forming sealer”. Film forming sealers on travertine eventually need to be stripped, which is an additional cost to the customer! DOUBLE THE COST TO THE CUSTOMER. Over time this water based impregnator sealer will just slowly diminish and will never need to be stripped like a film forming sealer will.
We do our best to explain the benefit of the natural finish to customers at estimates, but sometimes it gets lost or forgotten. This option is a cheaper option and better for the Travertine long term.

Gloss Finish:

A gloss finish on the other hand provides a high-shine, reflective surface that adds a touch of sophistication and glamour to your outdoor space. The gloss finish intensifies the colors and patterns of your travertine, giving it a polished, luxurious appearance. The gloss will enhance the color in the veins of the travertine like no other sealer.
Ideal for those who want a striking, eye-catching finish that captures the attention of visitors and guests. The Gloss finish however is slippery when wet due to it being a film forming sealer which sits on top of the travertine. Also, The gloss finish sealer will likely need to be stripped before being reapplied 1-3 years down the line.
***Slippery When Wet*** There are some options to add products to help make it more slip resistant. We have a sand like grainy material called diamond dust we can add to the sealer to give it a better texture.

How to Seal Your Travertine Tiles

Sealing your travertine can be a DIY project, but for best results, it’s recommended to hire a professional like Sealer Pro, LLC, with expertise in travertine sealing. However, if you’re determined to do it yourself, here’s a general guide on how to seal travertine tile outdoor:

Prepare Your Surface: Clean the travertine thoroughly to remove any dirt, debris, or stains. Allow it to dry completely before proceeding.

Strip Old Sealer: If there is still film or sealer on from the previous sealing job you will want to remove that with a chemical stripper. If this step is not done it can cause whitening or clouding after the new sealer dries.

Choose the Right Sealer: Select a high-quality travertine sealer suitable for your desired finish (natural or matte). Read the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not buy sealer from Home Depot or Lowes. USE CAUTION** if an acrylic sealer is applied and it fails, it will cost twice the amount to fix the issue.

Apply the Sealer: Use a sealer applicator, brush, or sprayer to apply the sealer evenly. Work in small sections to ensure proper coverage.

Let It Cure: Allow the sealer to cure as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. This typically takes a few hours to a day.

Repeat as Necessary: Depending on the type of sealer used and the specific travertine, you may need to apply multiple coats for optimal protection.

How Often to Seal Travertine

The frequency of sealing your travertine depends on various factors such as the type of sealer you select, the amount of foot traffic or pool chemical exposure, and the climate in your area. In general, it’s advisable to reseal your travertine every 1 to 3 years for outdoor applications. Regularly inspect the surface, and if water no longer beads on it, it’s time for resealing. Setting up a routine maintenance schedule with our pressure washing services can help the sealer last longer.

In conclusion, whether you choose a natural or gloss finish for your travertine sealing, the most crucial decision is to protect your investment and maintain its natural beauty. To ensure the job is done right, consider enlisting the expertise of Sealer Pro, LLC, for professional travertine sealing services. By making the right choices, your travertine can remain a stunning centerpiece in your outdoor space for years to come. Learn more at