Did you know that the fourth most popular recreational activity for Americans is swimming? Americans love swimming, and they love their pools.
There are over 5 million installed pools in the United States, about 4% of all households. Are you considering putting a pool in your backyard?
One of the biggest parts of your new pool is outside the water, and that’s the decking. There are several types of deck options.
Keep reading for a guide to choosing the best pool decking options for your new pool!
Fun In the Sun
A backyard pool is a blast providing lots of fun in the sun. Pool decking provides the walking space between ladders, diving boards, and the lounge area.
If the decking material is cheap and slippery, the pool experience won’t be much fun and could even be hazardous. Use a material that’s safe and not slippery when wet.
What types of pool decking options are there?
Poured Concrete Pool Decking
Poured concrete has been the go-to for inground pools for many years. It doesn’t get too hot when the sun is beating down on it. It’s also easy to maintain.
Poured concrete also comes in different colors, though grey is one of the most common. If you’re going with poured concrete, using a professional is the best option.
If you’re intent on doing the deck yourself and you want concrete, try interlocking concrete pavers. These are a nice alternative to plain concrete and come in different designs.
Designs include pavers that resemble granite, cobblestones, tile, or regular bricks. Concrete pavers are also a budget-conscious choice. Also, if a paver breaks, replacing one is easy.
If you do install pavers yourself, make sure you have a permanent frame or border around the pavers. This keeps the pavers from shifting.
Travertine pavers will give your pool deck a luxurious feel. They’re natural stone so they fit in well with a landscaped yard.
You won’t’ have kids slipping and sliding on travertine which makes it ideal for a pool deck. The other plus? It won’t scorch the bottom of your feet on a blistery-hot day.
Travertine is a durable pool decking material, and it’ll also keep water runoff to a minimum since it’s porous.
Brick pavers are also durable and the installation is easy if you want to do it yourself. Bricks have been around for many years and have stood the test of time.
One of the drawbacks? Moss grows on bricks which means they get slippery if not cleaned on a regular basis.
There Are Lots of Pool Decking Options
If you’re building a pool, there are lots of great pool decking options. Make sure you pick something that blends in or complements the surrounding landscape.
Use decking that’s non-slippery and doesn’t get too hot on bare feet. Look for decking materials that are durable and can withstand lots of water. Once you’re done, enjoy many years of poolside living!
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