Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting

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Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting

Hi! I'm AJ and I have an unusual hobby. I love abseiling down buildings - legally, of course. It is a growing tourist activity and I have been lucky enough to try it in many parts of the world. When you are on top of a building and then making your descent, you really have time to admire the overall construction and materials used. It is actually mind-boggling to think about the builders and machines who have put together such amazing architecture. I've been reading quite a few books lately about construction techniques and I'm quite in awe of the science involved. I hope that you find the science behind construction as fascinating as I do. Thank you for your time.


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3 Reasons to Install Travertine Pavers Around Your Pool

If you like the look of natural stone, then you may want to use this material to pave around your new pool. However, you aren't sure which kind of stone to choose.

This isn't just about looks; you also need to choose a stone that can cope in the open and in a wet environment. Travertine pavers are a good option. What are the benefits of using them around your pool?

1. Travertine Deals Well With Water

Travertine is a porous stone. This means that it has good water absorbance. This is a useful feature for pool pavers.

Say, for example, you opted for a different type of stone that was less porous and glossier than travertine. Any water that splashes out of the pool and on to the pavers becomes a hazard. The water makes the surface slippery and hard to walk on safely. 

Travertine's porous nature and its naturally rough surface give it a level of slip resistance that other stones don't have. Water that lands on the pavers won't pool as the stone will absorb most of it. This makes the pavers much safer to walk on.

2. Travertine Keeps Its Cool

Some natural stone pavers get very hot when the sun is at its height. They take in the sun's heat and retain it. These pavers are uncomfortable to walk on. You may feel that they are burning your feet. On very hot days, you might not want to walk barefoot around your pool.

Travertine pavers typically stay cooler for longer. Their lighter colours and heat resistance mean that they usually stay cool to the touch even on the hottest of days. You'll also find these pavers are warmer on colder days. The stone resists the extremes of cold as well as heat.

3. Travertine Ages Well

Some pavers don't age all that well in an outdoor environment. Sun, rain and pool water can change their colour and condition over the years. For example, some natural stones darken or get white deposits on them. The pavers look less attractive than when they were installed.

Travertine's natural heat resistance helps it stay looking the same for longer. Its colours don't fade or darken to unattractive shades in the sun. Like any natural stone, it will weather somewhat but this tends to make the pavers look attractive in a different way.

To see examples of travertine pool pavers, contact local natural stone suppliers. They can tell you more about how these pavers work in a pool setting.