Choosing the right material for my pool deck

Swimming pool decks add charm to your home and selecting suitable materials to build them is important. Your picks will be guided by a variety of considerations:

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

• Money

• Maintenance constraints

• Local climate

• Local climate

• Aesthetics

• Persopnal circumstnaces (active social life? children?)

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

Natural Stone

Stone is one of the most luxurious and expensive materials for building pool decks. It has a uniqueness and splendor that simply can’t be replicated. But for 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 wide color variation 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 may prefer dimensional stone. Repairs can be made by replacing individual stones. However, installation is labor-intensive and stone decks require resealing at least 3 times a year. Keeping your grout replaced is essential when temperatures vary wildly in your area. Also remember that water from a salt-water pool will cause the stone to chip. Therefore periodical sealing of the stone is absolutely required to protect its looks.

Concrete Pool Decks

Concrete decks have been around forever. They are cost-effective and enable homeowners to design a pool deck according to personal preferences while keeping costs under control. To enhance its appearance, you can taint it or stamp it. Texture will help you create a less slippery surface. Pool decks made of concrete 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 in just a day because it is difficult to match the colors of batches of concrete. Concrete will crack sooner or later and patches are noticeable. Lastly, concrete gathers 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 ideal for hot regions as it stays relatively 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 not slippery. Travertine does not discolor rapidly, 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

These pavers are a good option as they imitate the look of natural stone. They resist salt corrosion, 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. 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 weed-killing products. Pavers come in many colors and shapes and their surface feels rough on feet.

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