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Travertine Sealing on Pool Deck by Paver Seal Tampa

Travertine sealing done Right

When it comes to Travertine, there are so many options on the market, it is important to explain… 

The Difference Between What Can Be Used and WHAT SHOULD BE USED.

With that said, most companies that specialize in sealing pavers and travertine Do Not Use the proper Sealer on travertine.

They use what is easy to apply and what’s familiar to them. 

In fact, they don’t even know it’s the wrong product.

How can they offer the best options for your natural stones 

When they don’t even realize that the manufacturer recommends a different product and process Designed Specifically For Travertine And Other Natural Stones?

The Difference Between Stone Show And Ure-Seal

If you have a travertine or natural stone hardscape, you need to protect your investment.

One of the best ways to enhance the beauty and protect the integrity of your hardscapes is to have them professionally sealed and routinely cleaned. 

We use only the very best products available so you can be certain of the best results. 

Let’s look at Innovative Concrete Technology’s line of products designed here in Florida, with our subtropical climate in mind:


Travertine Sealing on Pool Deck by Paver Seal Tampa

Ure-Seal is the most common product used on travertine and is an excellent product that has several applications. It is especially well suited for sealing pavers. 

When applied to pavers Ure-Seal is a Penetrating Sealer that soaks into the porous concrete of the paver stone, enhancing the colors and sheen, while protecting the stones from U.V Rays etc. 

With pavers Ure-Seal still allows for the “breathability” of moisture to escape through capillary action and evaporate without getting trapped by a film forming sealer. 

This trapped moisture is what causes pavers to have hazy, milky blemishes across the surface.

A Result Of The Wrong Product Being Applied.
On travertine, Ure-Seal can cause similar issues since it forms a film-like sealer on these stones.

Everybody else is doing it, why not me???

Travertine Hardscapes are not the same stone as Brick Paver Systems. 

Several Factors such as the density of natural stones compared to pavers, and the way in which Ure-Seal forms its bond to a paver, versus travertine, will play a vital part in determining which product is right for your hardscapes.

The Short Answer is…  Ure-Seal is Designed to be a Penetrating Sealer on Brick Pavers… Not Travertine!

When it is Applied to Travertine It Becomes A Surface Sealer.    

Leaving Your Travertine Exposed To Unforeseen Drawbacks & Potential Damage.

Travertine is non-warrantable industry wide when sealing with Ure-Seal,  except in regards to workmanship, ongoing maintenance plans & associated discounts 

(Read our warranties and check that of any Professional competitor)

When Ure- Seal is used on travertine, instead of the sealer soaking into the pores, like it does with pavers, Ure- Seal will sit on top of the dense travertine and form a film-like surface layer coating.

What’s The Problem With Film-Forming Sealer On Travertine?

Several issues arise when a film forming sealer is used in the wrong application. 

With Travertine, imagine how easy paint will chip off a smooth surface such as scraping paint off a piece of glass…  

 That is exactly the bond Ure-Seal provides on travertine applications.       

Not what I would use on my NEW travertine pool deck!

This film forming sealer means instead of the sealer soaking in, it sits on top and creates a film that will wear down and potentially flake off the surface over time.

Depending on many variables such as traffic and other weathering factors the length of time before additional maintenance is required will vary.

This film forming sealer causes other problems… The film is going to trap moisture under the travertine. 

Moisture in the ground seeks to evaporate from under your hardscapes. That is an unavoidable likelihood in our region of Florida.

If Moisture Is Trapped by this film forming sealer it will result in Whitening and Hazing

Nobody wants to see these ugly blemishes and when it comes to sealing removal and restoration, It’s Absolutely Expensive. 

Failed coatings require Industrial Chemicals & Equipment, as well as Professional Expertise and a whole lot of work, to get great results.

Trapped Moisture Can Build Up Hydrostatic Pressure and over time potentially crack natural stones and slate travertine.

There may be routine and ongoing upkeep to maintain the microgrip non slip texture.

*There are good sides to Ure-Seal on Travertine! Such as the nice glossy sheen and the ability to help “lock In” sand. We list the pros and cons below for easy comparison.*

*Ure Seal has been the go to choice for many contractors on travertine simply because of ease of application.*

Travertine Sealing Pros and Cons: Stone Show V.S. Ure-Seal

Stone Show
  • Designed for travertine and natural stones
  • Best Choice for newly installed travertine or natural stones that have not been sealed already.
  • Seals travertine without the need for Grip Texture * Does Not Alter Profile*
  • Penetrating Sealer
  • Creates a Hydrophobic Barrier that repels water.
  • Allows for breathability of ground moisture.
  • Available as Natural, Enhancer and Nano Stone Show Sealers
  • More involved / difficult application and preparation. (Experts Only!)
  • Most Premium Choice for Travertine
  • Maintenance Plans Available
  • Designed For Pavers
  • Only option if already sealed with similar products.
  • Must have Grip texture generously applied to prevent slipping. *Covers profile of stone and adds a fake profile (Micro Grip) that is subject to wear with traffic*
  • Surface Sealer (on travertine)
  • Creates a Film-Forming Barrier
  • Does not allow for proper breathability of ground moisture
  • Available in Natural, Mid Gloss and Gloss(wet look)
  • One Day Process / less difficult application
  • Sand is sealed into joints
  • Most common type of premium sealer applied to travertine
  • Excellent sheen
  • Looks Great
  • Lower cost for installation
  • Maintenance plans available
  • Only option if previously sealed
If Your Travertine Has Already Been Sealed Previously

 Please Note: Travertine that has already been sealed with Ure-Seal or similar products is not eligible for Stone Show penetrating sealer because the surfaces will still have old sealer preventing absorption into the stone itself. 

Therefore the best option is to seal your deck with Ure-Seal and add a generous application of micro grip to the finish coat of sealer.


Watch this video to identify whether or not your Travertine has already been sealed.

Your Best Option For Newly Installed Travertine Is Stone Show 

Stone Show is designed for your Natural stones. 

Whether you’re looking for a completely natural look or just a bit of enhancement to the colors of your travertine hardscapes, Stone Show is the best option for Protecting Natural Stones and here’s why…

Stone Show will protect the integrity of your stones by repelling moisture as well as offering superior stain protection from mold and algae as well as oils grease rust and other blemishes. 

With Stone Show, we properly treat all travertine surfaces with commercial etching chemicals and mold removers before pressure washing every inch of the travertine stones. 

This process opens up the profile of the stone allowing the pores to absorb even more sealer. 

Meaning once we apply Stone Show to your deck, the sealed stone will be slightly less slippery than the unsealed, bare stones are wet. 

Without the need for a fake grip that can wear down quicker than expected.

Because Stone Show is a penetrating sealer, it will create a Hydrophobic barrier that repels moisture and at the same time allows for the breathability of the moisture present in the ground.

This Avoids Exposing Your Travertine to the possibility of having a failing, white, hazy sealer and also removes the chances of cracking damage due to hydrostatic pressure build up; both issues are caused by improper product or application and both are caused by trapped moisture.

Ultimately, Stone Show is the Premium Choice for Sealing Travertine in Tampa and Central Florida. 

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