The hardscape area surrounding your swimming pool is referred to as a surround, deck, or decking, despite the fact that it is not usually composed of wood or composite like the classic outdoor decks with which the terms are most commonly associated. Most in-ground swimming pool decks are traditionally built of concrete. Other popular options include pavers and brick.
Pool decks and concrete surfaces in the yard, such as walkways, patios, and steps, are utilitarian landscaping components that enhance usable space, create a smooth transition between areas, provide drainage, and cover bare soil.
Decking near or surrounding a pool or spa forms a frame while also providing a safe way around its perimeter. If backyard space permits, the deck can be expanded to accommodate poolside dining and lounging furniture.
Things to Consider When Choosing Materials
Deck material selection should not be based just on what appears to be the most appealing. Important considerations include the fact that the material must be non-slippery when wet.
- Ensure that the decking material is not abrasive, uneven, or rough.
- Consider bare feet when selecting a heat-reflective material to keep surfaces cooler on hot days.
- Choose a material that complements the other hardscaped or paved sections in your yard.
- Determine if the material is resistant to algae, chemicals, acid, mold and mildew, and frost, if possible.
- Modern solution: extend the coping material to the surrounding deck or patio for a seamless appearance.
- Consider and incorporate safety gates and barriers into the pool and deck design. The majority of pool barriers should be at least four feet tall and placed between the pool and areas of access, as specified by city or local regulations or guidelines.
Examine the range of pool deck materials, along with their advantages and disadvantages.
In addition to the common light grey, concrete is available in a range of other colors that create a seamless border. Certain architectural styles, such as mid-century modern and contemporary, require straight lines and smooth surfaces of concrete. Pool decking or a concrete surround should be poured by a professional unless you are a skilled do-it-yourselfer or have a large number of experienced assistants.
- Not very hot as temperature rise
- It’s low-maintenance and comfortable underfoot.
- Concrete that lacks a rough finish or is not brushed can become slippery when wet. Add aggregate (small pebbles or rocks) to concrete to create a nonslip surface.
Brick has existed for almost 5,000 years, making it a tried-and-true material and surface for a pool deck.
- Durable and simple to maintain
- Available in hues other than terra cotta, such as grey.
On chilly bricks, moss has a tendency to develop, necessitating constant maintenance. If not, mossy bricks can become slippery when wet and create a potentially hazardous area for falls.
Pavers are a popular sort of hardscape for pathways and patios, and they are available in a variety of materials, sizes, shapes, and hues. Stone, concrete, and aggregate can be used as pavers for poolside patios.
Interlocking concrete pavers are an excellent alternative to plain concrete because they are designed to resemble cobblestones, granite, tile, or traditional bricks. When utilizing interlocking pavers for pool decking, keep in mind that patterns generated by numerous small units can appear cluttered. Before making a purchase, take a step back and evaluate the entire environment, including its colors, textures, and patterns.
- A wise and economical decision
- Easy to locate and replace if a paver is damaged.
- Many manufacturers claim that interlocking pavers are frost-resistant when laid properly.
- It requires a permanent border or frame during installation to avoid moving.
Concrete pavers may have an industrial or business appearance, which is not necessarily a drawback if your home and yard are contemporary.
Next to an in-ground swimming pool or spa, wood-constructed decks are particularly beautiful.
- Depending on your budget, there are numerous types of wood available.
- The design possibilities are vast, with several patterns and styles possible.
- Because wood is a natural substance, it will appear natural.
- Due of its proximity to a body of water, upkeep is very crucial.
- Wooden decks require seasonal upkeep, including washing, sanding, and sealing, regardless of location.
- You never want it to splinter; can you imagine sitting on the pool’s edge and having splinters in your thighs?
Stone is a natural-looking material that is slip-resistant and complements landscaping and architectural elements. Stones from nearby quarries are less expensive than those transported from across the nation. Paving uses flat stones, often known as flagstone, which are typically formed of:
- Available in a variety of sizes and forms, including square, rectangular, triangle, and irregular.
- Darker colors or tones might become hotter than their lighter counterparts.
- If you choose a flagstone that is uncommon in your region, it may be costly.
- The stone that is inexpensive may actually be imitation stone, which might appear artificial or inexpensive.
A highly glazed tile surface that becomes wet could provide a hazard to anyone walking near the pool. Since tile is graded for slip resistance, play it safe and choose frost- and freeze-resistant materials such as unglazed terracotta (saltillo) or vitreous and water-impervious porcelain tile.
- Using the same tile can provide a seamless indoor-to-outdoor transition.
- Especially when wet, tiling can be slippery. Choose a surface with “teeth” that prevent slipping and give better traction than glass-smooth marble or granite.
Adding tile mosaic medallions that can be inserted into a paved concrete area while it is being poured or constructed; setting river rock or pebbles in a small groove adjacent to another material, such as concrete.
- If you enjoy variety or can’t decide between options, combining two or more will allow you to use both.
- The appearance may become excessively chaotic, or surfaces may be uneven. Even when using mixed materials, less is more.
Synthetic grass may be the finest material for your poolside deck if you love the look of a newly maintained lawn but live in a drought-affected location.
- Since it is not genuine and does not grow, there is no need to mow it.
- Additionally, it never turns brown or dries out, unlike real grass.
- Some synthetics can become warm to the touch, particularly when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Unlike actual grass, synthetic turf is not biodegradable. Additionally, it must be cleaned if stained by dripping popsicles or dog feces.
- The cushioning of some artificial turf is created from recycled rubber tires, whereas artificial grass is typically derived from petroleum. Examine the “ingredients” utilized to manufacture the artificial grass.
Synthetic or composite decking is a popular alternative to wood that eliminates maintenance and deterioration concerns.
- Synthetics are resilient and long-lasting.
- Designed to resist insects and severe weather conditions
- Some brands can become slippery and are not mold- and mildew-resistant.