One of the biggest trends in outdoor design today is a decorative pool deck, a beautiful and inviting area surrounding the pool that provides a safe, slip-resistant deck for swimming, sunbathing and barbecuing. Inground pool decks are an important component of the design. Our design team works with home owners to choose a pool deck that complements existing architecture and design for continuity and flow from the inside to the outside. But, what exactly are your pool deck options?
Decking material around the pool really does matter. You’ll be in bare feet on a very wet surface, so you’ll need to choose a material that won’t become slippery when wet or store excess heat in the sunlight. You’ll want to be comfortable and enjoy your pool area. Slipping and falling, burning your feet or walking on rough surfaces in bare feet is not the most enjoyable way to spend time in your new backyard.
Poured Concrete – this is a durable and water-resistant material. A brushed surface concrete is a great way to counteract slipping when the concrete is wet. It can be poured in any shape that you like and is very versatile and easy to clean.
Pre-Cast Cement Pavers – these are a great similar alternative to poured concrete. They come in a wide variety of geometrical shapes as well as a large variety of earth tone colors. These are slip resistant as well.
Paver Bricks – similar to cement pavers, brick is a slightly more expensive option with a very classic and historic look. These are slip resistant and there are different varieties of brick to choose from to match the style and look you are going for with your home.
Wood – this is a smooth choice that feels great underfoot. The type of wood you choose is the important detail. It will be outside and exposed to large amounts of water from the elements and from working as the pool surround. You’ll need a good exterior wood and a great sealant.
Stone Tile – this is a beautiful option for your backyard. Use unglazed stone tile to surround a pool as glazed tile can be quite slippery when wet. You have a variety of stone options from travertine to limestone to sandstone and more. Choosing a light shade will ensure that it doesn’t absorb too much heat.
Surface Coatings – these coatings are available in a variety of spray on and roll on products. They bond to concrete surfaces and cover existing concrete pool decking. These surface coatings are a great addition for existing decks that are too slippery, get too hot or in need of a face lift. They create a non-slip surface that will not get too hot.
Need help selecting the decking for your pool? We'd be happy to help design and complete your project. Call us at 805.428.0132