Options Abound for Swimming Pool Decks
Pool deck materials vary widely, and whether you’re planning a new pool or replacing your old deck, you’ll need to know your options. The material you choose should match your style and meet your budget first and foremost, and when investigating deck options, consider factors like landscaping, deck maintenance and durability, expected traffic and the size of your poolscape.
Below is information on some of the most popular decking material available.
For many pool owners concrete is the most economical and widely available option. It’s a durable choice, with many design capabilities. Among the most popular concrete options are stamped designs and patterns, exposed aggregate and colored concrete. Each option provides simple maintenance and a non-slip surface.
For a timeless feel, pool owners often select brick for pool decks. They offer a great visual with nearly endless layout options and provide a long life. However, brick pool decks tend to be expensive to install, can require extensive short- and long-term maintenance and they retain heat, making them uncomfortable in high-temperature climates.
These manufactured stones and bricks are an alternative option that provides long-term durability to pool owners. There is excellent diversity in the patterns and colors available and most can be mixed and matched to achieve almost any design idea. Repairs are easily made with individual replacement pavers and they are typically low maintenance.
For a luxurious and natural look, many pool owners are turning to natural stones, otherwise known as flagstone. Large, non-symmetrical stones (limestone, sandstone, slate) are usually pieced together to create a one-of-a-kind pool deck. Installations and repairs are generally expensive because of high labor and material prices.
Pool decks made from wood are most commonly found surrounding above ground pools. Maintenance and durability will always be an issue with wood being exposed to large amounts of water and pool chemicals. But, for some, the visuals of wood and how it works with their style and design make it the right choice. Installations and repairs are typically affordable, depending on wood choice.
For pool owners unsure of what they want, tile can provide a deluge of choices. Plus, tile provides pool owners with a dependable surface and low maintenance requirements. Owners concerned about aesthetics can be drawn to tile because of the nearly endless amounts of styles, designs, patterns and layout options. Installation and repair pricing usually varies depending on the type of tile you choose.
For a great non-slip option, rubber has become an increasingly popular choice, especially for public and commercial pools where safety and liability are major concerns. Rubber pool decking also provides easy maintenance and is very durable. Rubber decking doesn’t have to be bland, either; many color and pattern options are available for pool owners to choose from.
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