Selecting Deck Materials for a Pool

Pool decks add personality to your home and therefore, selecting the right materials to build them is important. Your choice will be guided by personal preferences and circumstances:

• The pool is in-ground or above ground

• Cost

• Maintenance requirements

• Local climate

• Durability

• Personal taste

• Persopnal circumstnaces (active social life? children?)

Keep in mind all these parameters to be able to make a wise decision regarding your private pool. Your pool contractor will typically help you with solid advice, but here is a list of materials you can consider, with their pros and cons.

Flat Stone

Natural stone is certainly the most upscale building material for pool decks. Its beauty simply can’t be replicated. But for flat stone to remain splendid, it is important to protect it 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 two styles, all offering a unique look.

For a rugged and traditional look, flagstone pool deck is the answer. For a geometrically perfect look, you might want to look at artificial stone. Repairs can be made by replacing individual stones. However, installation is labor-intensive and stone decks require resealing every season. Keeping your grout protected is essential when temperature changes are extreme. Note that water from a salt-water pool will cause the stone to chip. Therefore periodical sealing of the stone is necessary to protect its appearance.

Concrete Pool Decks

These kinds of pool decks have been around forever. They are affordable and enable homeowners to design a pool deck according to personal tastes while keeping costs under control. To enhance its appearance, you can add color or stamp it. Texture will help you create a slip-resistant surface. Concrete pool decks can be customized with various designs and patterns. Build a concrete deck is not complicated and they are more affordable than natural stone. On the downside, installation needs to be done altogether at a single go because it is difficult to match the colors of batches of concrete. Concrete eventually cracks and patches are noticeable. Lastly, concrete keeps 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 very suitable for hot climates as it stays considerably cool under the feet. Note however that discoloration is possible with travertine just like it is with concrete. It is a highly popular option among homeowners, owns a consolidated look, is offered in many patterns, and is skid-free. Travertine does not discolor rapidly, and most importantly this stone has a high tolerance for extreme temperatures. Just as natural stone, installing travertine requires a lot of labor, so cost can run out of control.

Artistic Pavers

Artistic pavers may be a good choice as they imitate the look of natural stone. They are salt resistant, they are not slippery and their color is not sensitive to chlorine. They are not prone to algae growth especially when they are sealed. Pavers work well in all types of meteorological conditions. They are affordable to install and durable, and they do not crack when installed properly. Fixing a pool deck made of pavers is simple and maintenance only includes sweeping and rinsing for dirt and leaves. If left untreated, weeds will grow between pavers, but this can avoided by using polymeric sand or a pre-emergent weed killer. Pavers come in many colors and shapes and their surface feels rough on hands.

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