Choosing the right material for my pool deck

Pool decks add appeal to your home and selecting the right materials to build them is important. Your selection will be guided by a variety of considerations:

• The pool is in-ground or above ground

• Budget

• Maintenance constraints

• Local climate

• Durability

• Beauty

• Lifestyle (active social life? children?)

Keep in mind all these factors to be able to make a wise decision regarding your private pool. Your pool builder generally offers you sound advice, but we compiled a list of materials for you to look at, with their strengths & weaknesses.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is certainly the most upscale building material for creating a pool deck. Its beauty simply can’t be replicated. But for stone to remain splendid, it must be protected from corrosive chemical elements and the vagaries of weather. Natural stone will last a very long time and it has a full gamut of colors to choose from. Natural stone comes in several styles, both offering a unique look.

For a rugged and traditional look, choose flagstone. For a symmetrical look, you might want to look at dimensional stone. Repairs can be easily made by replacing individual stones. However, installation is labor-intensive and stone decks need resealing every season. Grout maintenance is essential when temperatures vary wildly in your region. Note that water from a salt water pool will cause the stone to erode. That is why regular sealing of the stone is necessary to protect its aspect.


These kinds of pool decks have been favored by homeowners for a long time. They are affordable and enable you to design a pool deck according to personal tastes while keeping costs under control. To enhance its appearance, you can taint it or add a stamped design. Texture will help you create a slip-resistant surface. The good thing about concrete pool decks is that they can be customized with various designs and patterns. Build a concrete deck is not complicated and they cost less than natural stone. Conversely, installation needs to be done in just a day because it is difficult to match the colors of batches of concrete. Concrete will crack sooner or later and repairs are easily noticeable. Lastly, concrete gathers heat and become really hot for bare feet in summer.


Travertine is extracted from natural quarries. It has a unique look that is very different from synthetic materials. Travertine is ideal for hot regions as this stone stays relatively cool under the feet. But discoloration is possible with travertine just like it is with concrete. It is a highly popular option among homeowners, owns a consistent look, comes in a diverse range of color patterns, and is skid-free. Discoloration doesn’t comes in quickly, and most importantly this versatile stone withstands extreme temperatures. Just as natural stone, installing travertine requires a lot of labor, so cost needs to be kept in mind.

Artistic Pavers

Artistic pavers may be a good choice as they imitate the look of natural stone. They resist salt corrosion, they are not slippery and chlorine does not impact their color. They are not prone to algae growth especially when they are sealed. Pavers are well adapted to all types of meteorological conditions. The good thing about them is that they are affordable to install and durable, and they won't crack when installed properly. Repairing is simple and maintenance only includes sweeping and rinsing for dirt and leaves. Although you can expect weeds to sprout up in between pavers, but this can avoided by using polymeric sand or a pre-emergent weed killer. The color and design patterns are many and their surface feels rough on feet.

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