Choosing the right material for my pool deck

Pool decks add appeal to your home and therefore, selecting suitable materials to build them is important. Your selection will be guided by a number of factors:

• Whether your pool is above-ground or in-ground

• Affordability

• Maintenance requirements

• Durability

• Durability

• Aesthetics

• Lifestyle (active social life? children?)

Keep in mind all these parameters to be able to make a wise decision regarding your deck. Your pool builder will typically help you with good advice, but we compiled a list of materials for you to look at, with their pros and cons.

Flat Stone

Cut stone is certainly the most upscale building material for building pool decks. Its appeal simply can’t be replicated. But for flat stone to remain splendid, it is important to protect it from harsh chemicals and the vagaries of weather. It will withstand decades of abuse 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 precise and neat look, you may prefer engineered stone. Repairs can be 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 area. Note that water from a salt water pool will cause the stone to chip. That is why regular sealing of the stone is absolutely required to protect its appearance.

Concrete Pool Decks

These kinds of pool decks have been the choice of budget-conscious owners since the 50s. They are affordable and enable homeowners to design a pool deck according to personal tastes while keeping a low budget. To enhance the look of concrete, you can add color or add a stamped design. Texture will help you create a slip-resistant surface. It is interesting to note that concrete decks can be customized with various designs and patterns. They are very easy to install is not complicated and they cost less than natural stone. On the downside, installation needs to be done altogether at a single go because it is difficult to find the same color match. 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 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 stone of choice among homeowners, owns a uniform look, comes in a diverse range of color patterns, and is not slippery. Discoloration doesn’t comes in quickly, and most importantly this versatile stone withstands extreme temperatures. Installation is again labor intensive, so cost can run out of control.

Artistic Pavers

These pavers are a good option as they imitate the look of natural stone. They are salt resistant, they are slip-resistant and their color is not sensitive to chlorine. They do not allow growth of algae and mildew especially when a good sealant has been applied on them. 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 do not crack when installed properly. Repairing 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 weed-killing products. Pavers come in many colors and shapes and their surface feels rough on hands.

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