Selecting Deck Materials for a Pool

Swimming pool decks add charm to your home and therefore, selecting the right materials to build them is important. Your selection will be guided by a number of factors:

• The pool is in-ground or above ground

• Cost

• Maintenance constraints

• Local climate

• Local climate

• Beauty

• Persopnal circumstnaces (active social life? children?)

It is important to keep in mind all these parameters to be able to make a wise decision regarding your private pool. Your pool builder generally offers you good advice, but we compiled a list of materials for you to look at, with their pros and cons.

Natural Stone

Stone is certainly the most upscale building material for building pool decks. Its appeal simply can’t be replicated. But for stone to keep its beautiful aspect, it has to be sealed and protected from harsh chemicals and 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, both offering a unique look.

For a rugged and traditional look, choose flagstone. For a geometrically perfect look, you may prefer engineered stone. Repairs can be made by replacing individual stones. Build a stone pool deck requires a great deal of labor, however and stone decks need resealing every season. Keeping your grout protected is essential when temperatures vary wildly in your area. 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 appearance.

Concrete Pool Decks

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 a low budget. To enhance the look of concrete, you can taint it or add a stamped design. Texture will help you create a less slippery surface. Concrete pool 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. Conversely, 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 repairs are easily noticeable. Lastly, concrete retains heat and become really hot for bare feet in summer.


Travertine is extracted from natural quarries. Its beautiful look is very different from synthetic materials. Travertine is very suitable for hot regions as this stone 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 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 have the natural look of real stone. They are salt resistant, they are slip-resistant and their color is not sensitive to chlorine. They are not prone to algae growth especially when a good sealant has been applied on them. Pavers are well adapted to all kinds of climate. The good thing about them is that they are affordable to install and durable, and they won't 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 weed-killing products. The color and design patterns are many and their surface feels rough on hands.

Learn more about decking around pool.