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    Travertine pool coping

    Tumbled vs. Honed. Are there any pro's or con's to either or is it just purely personal preference?
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    Re: Travertine pool coping

    Personal preference.

    Filled or not filled is the other travertine choice.
    Filled is more an indoor choice to prevent dirt collection.
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    Re: Travertine pool coping

    I was worried that the rougher texture combined with SWG would cause excellerated breakdown of the Travertine.

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    Re: Travertine pool coping

    I'm a bleach dumper, so I would not be able to comment.
    If you plan to seal the coping, then honed might be better.
    I have you to look at the various sealing options for my tumbled field with honed coping.
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    Re: Travertine pool coping

    We have tumbled / honed, not filled and a SWG. With any travertine by a SW pool, you are going to need to seal properly right away. Correctly sealed (routinely), SW should not be an issue for the stone.
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