Creating the ultimate outdoor entertaining space doesn’t have to be difficult or daunting. In fact, the process can be easy and fun if you work with the right stonemason. So, if you’re ready to take a dive into the backyard flagstone and travertine pool deck of your dreams, you’ve come to the right place.
At Dutchies Stoneworks, we take pride in our stone projects, but flagstone and travertine pool decks are some of the most popular styles of patios that we recommend. Often, homeowners are either looking to replace current pool decking or for a new patio altogether, and we almost always recommend a combination of flagstone and travertine marble first. These natural materials pair well together, are versatile, and perfect for around pool decks for a variety of reasons, and we’re going to tell you why it’s our favorite!
A pool deck is essential when building the perfect outdoor space for your pool area. But a successful pool deck should have various features—like withstanding temperature changes, being slip-resistant when wet, and not getting too hot to the touch in the summer sun.
Adding flagstone around your pool provides durability, and when combined with travertine, can offer a cool, slip-resistant surface for safe walking. Best of all, this combination looks clean and aesthetically pleasing. Here are just a few of our favorite features of this popular decking option.
Did you know that flagstone is Pennsylvania’s highest quality stone? You see, flagstone is used in so many projects because it’s durable and abundant throughout the state. In addition, this material is also so successful due to its lower porosity, making it less susceptible to water damage. When combined with travertine tile, which quickly absorbs water, you can create a top-quality pool deck.
When you plan on spending a decent amount of money on building a new pool deck, you want to make sure it lasts for years to come. A mixture of flagstone and travertine tiles is excellent for around your pool because it won’t break down as rapidly over time (even though it’s constantly getting wet) while providing a safe surface for you and your family to walk on during the long, hot summer days.
Despite its smooth appearance, flagstone actually has much better traction than most other pool deck materials when it’s wet. It’s slip-resistant, and when mixed with heat-resistant travertine tile, it is one of the best and safest features for bare feet around the pool. No more unnecessary falls or burnt toes! With a pool deck made from both travertine and flagstone tiles, you can have a safe and durable pool deck for years to come.
There’s a lot to consider when comparing flagstone and travertine, but there’s a reason we typically recommend a combination of flagstone and travertine time for pool decks. A complete flagstone pool deck will be more costly and get hot in the summer sun. However, the longevity and benefits of flagstone make it an excellent decking option, especially when combined with travertine.
On the other hand, Travertine is a little less expensive than a stone to use around your pool deck. It provides a luxurious feel while keeping the deck cool to prevent burns, even on the hottest days. Travertine pool decks are also slip-resistant, as their porous nature absorbs water quickly and efficiently.
Between flagstone’s abundance, popularity, and ability to hold up in harsh winters in PA, and travertine’s durable, heat- and slip-resistant surface, combining both materials in your pool deck is an excellent choice. In certain states where the climate is much different, we may recommend another pool deck material. But here in Pennsylvania, there are some significant benefits that flagstone and travertine pool decking holds over the other types of tile.
When you choose a flagstone and travertine pool deck, you’ll take comfort in knowing that you’re getting a one-of-a-kind patio and pool area design. Each slab of natural flagstone and travertine is different than the last, creating a slip-resistant surface that functions well while looking unique and beautiful. Your outdoor living area will feel like a luxury pool area in no time!
Flagstone has a long life span due to its lower porosity, and this resilience especially comes in handy during cold Pennsylvania winters. With other decking materials, water can seep into the pores and freeze, causing the tile to expand or blow apart from the rapid shrinking and expansion of the water. Travertine is also easier to maintain than other materials and stands up well to high traffic.
Travertine is a natural stone that is more eco-friendly than other types of stone, such as marble and porcelain. Flagstone also has a small carbon footprint. Since the word “flagstone” is used as a broad term for sedimentary stone, it is much more widely available and has less impact on stone quarries. Plus, the materials we use to assemble your flagstone and travertine pool deck are also all-natural!