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Ideal Pool Decks For Your Bare Feet

In Ask the Pool Experts, Pool Features by Swimming Pool Expert

There is nothing more satisfying than having a swimming pool in a backyard. The water is refreshing, but the pool decks determines how fitting it is into the landscape and how safe it is for swimmers.  

A pool deck must secure an area to walk between pool ladders, slides, and diving boards. It should also provide a place for outdoor furniture. If you are in the process of getting a pool or remodeling one, we can help you inform you about materials, design, and installation. 

Remember, bare feet are predominant, so keep in mind to choose a material that is non-slippery or absorbs excess heat. The pool decks surface should be comfortable beneath the feet. Remember that comfort and safety are the two essential elements when selecting a pool deck material:  

Pavers

Pre-cast cement pavers, an excellent alternative to poured concrete, can be purchased in various geometrical shapes, including squares, rectangles, and octagons.

Belgard Pavers

Belgard Pavers is another option. You can select it in many patterns, bringing the landscaping into a classic look and a good choice for historic homes.

Wood Decking

Keep in mind that not all types are fitting for a pool deck. If you are looking for a smooth choice that is great under your feet, then wood can be the answer. The best wood materials are redwood, teak, cedar, or ipe. It helps to repel water and keeping mosquitoes away. 

Tile and Stone 

Travertine, limestone, slate, and other tiles and stones give a natural look to a backyard. Stone tile has an excellent surface that is soft and smooth to walk on. Ensure that it is unglazed and use light colors that absorb not much heat. 

Lime coating

Lime Coat surfacing is not only for pool decking. It is also great to restore driveways and walkways. It is one of the most durable and resistant coatings designed as slip-resistant and cooler to the touch. There is no need to tear out the old; it can go to any surface. 

Installation and Design Details

If you are having a professional build your pool deck, keep the following tips in mind:

·      Permits – many areas may have rules with restrictions on installing surfaces like concrete, an easement, or over a utility line. It is essential to survey removing a pool deck. 

·      Curves – installing a curved decking can cost higher than rectangular and square designs.

·      Slopes – there will be a need for a bit of a slope for water to drain, especially when the deck is tile, brick, paver, lime coating, or patterned concrete.  

Experts recommend that the slope be one-quarter of an inch per linear foot. It helps to keep debris and dirty water from returning to the pool. 

·      Channel Drain – if a pool deck is extensive, we recommend installing a channel drain between the two sides to collect water, drain it to the side of the deck, or a storm drain. 

·      Foundation – a great pool deck, starts with a solid foundation depending on the decking material. Some require excavation and a base of sand. Others may use a concrete slab for tile. For wood, a floor joist foundation is most recommendable.