Swimming pools can be great ways to beat the heat and bond as a family. Pool decks are essential to any installation. Pool deck materials are important because they help ensure safety in the pool area, as well as enhancing how well the amenity is integrated into the surroundings.
Pool decks are not just places for poolside seating. They are also pathways to pool ladders, slides, and diving boards. Plus, they cover bare dirt and provide drainage.
Whether you are putting in a brand-new pool or remodeling your current one, carefully review pool deck surfaces (next section), taking a close look at five top materials (below).
How To Choose Pool Deck Materials
Many people want their pool decks to be visually striking. However, looking at pool deck options should go beyond appearance to a few considerations:
- Barefoot comfort: Heat-reflective materials will keep pool deck surfaces from getting too hot on your feet.
- Bumpiness prevention: Make sure the materials you choose are both even and smooth.
- Long-term protection: Remember that pool decks are investments. Choose materials that are resistant to bacterial growth, algae, acid, chemicals, and frost.
- Seamlessness: Many homeowners simplify the selection process of deck materials by going with one unified choice: extending the coping (the perimeter immediately around your pool) materials throughout the deck and possibly the patio. This method complements pool design completely.
- Integration: Other hardscaped or paved parts of your yard should either match the deck or match the same general theme.
- Safety of the materials: When the material gets wet, does it become slippery?
- Safety barriers: When designing pool decks, it can be easy to forget safety barriers and fences. Florida homeowners’ barriers must be at least four feet high on the outside, per the 2020 Florida Statutes. To prevent children who might get through the fence from falling into the pool immediately if they breach it, the barrier should not be placed directly around the pool. There should be no gaps. Be sure to discuss barriers specifically with your swimming pool contractor since they can help ensure you keep your pool safe and meet local laws.
5 Common Types Of Pool Decks
Top types of pool decks include poured concrete, pavers, brick, wood, and stone tile:
Pros: Poured concrete is often used for its affordability. Plus, you can make geometric patterns or whatever shapes you want through this method. Concrete is very easy to clean and has a modern look.
Cons: Many people feel concrete lacks the character of other pool deck options. Plus, it can get very hot in the sunlight.
Pro: If you find the idea of plain concrete bland, you can mimic the look of bricks, tile, granite, or cobblestones with pavers. They are relatively inexpensive. You have the options of concrete, aggregate, and stone. You can easily replace any that deteriorate.
Cons: Some homeowners find the look of pavers commercial or industrial. Also, so that shifting does not occur during installation, you need a permanent frame or border.
Pros: You have various options in terms of installation patterns and colors with brick. It is both classy and quite durable. For deck materials, you want paver bricks (which do not have holes).
Cons: Bricks can get very hot. Each one has to be individually set, so they are time-consuming to install. You need to install over a bed of sand to prevent shifting — a similar installation method to pavers. Pool decks made of bricks are pricier than those made of pavers.
Pros: Wood decking can be built on top of existing brick or concrete when remodeling. It feels great underfoot and has a rustic appearance many crave.
Cons: You may have to refinish wood every 3-4 years. Plus, you will need to apply sealant to it every year.
Pros: Luckily, you can find tile that is slip-resistant. Options include unglazed terra-cotta and porcelain tile. If you use the same tile on your deck that you use inside, you can seamlessly transition your indoor design into your backyard – integrating your pool and deck with your entire home.
Cons: Tile is not as budget-friendly as other options. It also can be very slippery if you are not careful with your selection.
Trusted Guidance For Your Swimming Pool And Deck
Choosing your pool material can be complicated, given all the above considerations. Plus, the material is just one aspect of the project. At Olympus Pools, we pride ourselves on creating transformative swimming pool designs geared to your exact specifications. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation and begin the process of building a new, breathtaking pool.