Comparing Materials for Pool Decks

Pool decks add appeal to your home and therefore, selecting the right 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 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 private pool. Your pool contractor will typically help you with sound advice, but here is a list of materials you can consider, with their strengths & weaknesses.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is certainly the most upscale building material for building pool decks. It has a uniqueness and splendor that simply can’t be replicated. But for natural stone to retain its beauty, it is important to protect it from harsh chemicals and the vagaries of weather. It 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, 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 require resealing at least 3 times a year. Keeping your grout replaced is essential when temperature changes are extreme. Note that water from a salt-water pool will cause the stone to chip. That is why regular sealing of the stone is necessary to protect its appearance.

Concrete Decks

These kinds of pool decks have been around forever. They are cost-effective and enable you to design a pool deck according to personal preferences while avoiding costs to spiral out of control. To enhance its appearance, you can taint it or stamp it. Texturing concrete 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 in just a day because it is difficult to find the same color match. 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. Its beautiful look is very different from synthetic materials. Travertine is very suitable 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 consistent look, is offered in many patterns, and is skid-free. Discoloration doesn’t comes in quickly, 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 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 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 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. Although you can expect weeds to sprout up in 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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