We debated the difference between Artic Pavers and Travertine and are going with the Shellock (Artistic Pavers).
Travertine vs. Artistic Pavers (Shellock)
Travertine is made from natural quarries. It features a unique look that is super unique from synthetic materials.
Travertine is perfect for hot climates as it stays relatively cool under your feet. However, discoloration risk is high since it is like concrete.
In the United States, it is quite popular amongst homeowners. The look is consolidated and is available in different color patterns.
It is skid-free and when well taken care of; discoloration doesn’t set in until later. Plus, it tolerates extreme weather conditions well.
Installation is again labor-intensive, so costs need to be kept in mind. At the time of writing, travertine costs $8 to $15 per square foot installed, depending on quality, contractor and State.
Artistic Pavers (Shellock)
Artistic Pavers a.k.a Shellock are a great option since they imitate the look of natural stone. They are resistant to salt, slip resistant and chlorine does not affect their color.
Algae cannot grow in them and mildew especially when they are sealed. These pavers work great no matter the climatic condition. They are really simple to install and are durable to use. Plus, they do not crack easily when installed properly.
Repairing is easy and maintenance can be done by sweeping and rinsing for leaves and dirt. Although you can expect weeds to spring up between the pavers, they can be avoided by using polymeric sand or a pre-emergent weed killer.
The design and color patterns are plenty and the surface feels rough on feet and hand. Pavers range from $9.00 to $11.00 per square foot depending on type, contractor and State.