The deck around your pool is an important thing to consider before getting your pool built. There are many different materials you could choose from, but each material has benefits and drawbacks to consider. There’s the issue of cost as well! Here, we’ll show you all the ins and outs of choosing a pool deck. There are so many options to consider, but you can start here.
There are several materials to choose from for your pool deck. Some of them, such as pavers and tiles, have even more options for materials and finishes. Here are some of the most common materials used in pool decks across the country.
- Concrete. Concrete decks can be in any shape. Concrete is generally affordable, but it’s porous. You might need to treat it with a coating for anti-slip and durability features. While concrete can be installed by the homeowner, it’s important to choose a professional for wider concrete areas. It can set quickly and experience can help you get the perfect look.
- Pavers. Pavers can be cement, porcelain, or stone. These stones or slabs can be purchased in many different shapes and styles, so it’s easy to create a geometric pattern with them. Pavers are automatically non-slip and are often extremely affordable. However, pavers must be installed correctly on the right substrate foundation. If not, they can sink.
- Brick. Bricks are a bit more expensive, as you generally pay per brick (and bricks can be quite small). They are extremely durable, but it’s time-consuming to install them. They can also get hot on sunny days. However, they make for great geometric patterns and can be used to create a beautiful aesthetic.
- Tiles. Stone tiles are the most popular pool deck tiles. They have a variety of choices based on natural stones like limestone or sandstone. If you use stone tiles, you’ll get a more classily landscaped look for your poolside. However, it’s a premium material that can be expensive.
- Wood. Wood decks feel great and drain easily. It’s great to use a wooden deck on an above ground pool, as you can do so without using a large concrete foundation. Wood can be expensive, but it depends on the type of wood you get. You may need to refinish your wood deck every few years and re-seal it against water damage.
The material you choose can have vast implications for the rest of your deck. Consider which materials fit into your budget, but last a long time. Each material also has different maintenance levels, which should be considered for long-term use. In addition, you might need to seal certain materials so that pool water doesn’t cause damage. Extensive research can help you choose the material that works best for the look and feel you’re going for.
Shape and Slope
The shape of your pool deck and the slope can factor into which materials you can choose. Curved decks, for instance, are more costly than straight lines. Slopes are required to allow water to drain (unless you choose a wood deck). This slope must be installed to help keep your pool deck healthy, so it’s important to consider the natural slope of your backyard and any costs associated with constructing proper drainage for the deck.
While the shape and slope capabilities depend on the type of material you use, it’s important to keep this in mind. Examining what each type of pool deck needs can determine which is best for your backyard.
Each pool deck requires a foundation. This allows you to get started on the right foot right away. Concrete decks, pavers, and bricks require at least some excavation and a new foundation. Tiles are installed over a substrate foundation, while wood decks need a joist foundation. Consider the type of foundation before you choose the material for your pool deck. Some may be more expensive or impossible to install in your current backyard climate.
Do you know what type of pool deck you want? When you’re ready to make a final decision, give Flōridian a call. We’ll set you up with a free quote and schedule a consultation to discuss your pool construction needs. Unsure about which deck materials complement your backyard best? We’re happy to help!