The pool deck is the crown jewel of the swimming pool. It serves as the space for outdoor furniture and outdoor structures, adding beauty and style to your outdoor living room. Like all items in your home, your pool deck needs renovating after some time. If your deck has started to have cracks or is crumbling, you may need to replace or renovate your pool deck.
The pool’s plaster and coping help to contain the water, but the decking has a starring role too. If a deck has cracks, damages, or worn out, your oasis can get damaged as well. We recommend that you schedule an inspection of the deck if it is over ten years old.
Although some people recommend redoing the deck yourself, leaving a professional to do the job is your best bet. There is a variety of styles that you can choose from, but remember that you must consider various factors like:
- Non-Slip Decking
- Leveled Decking Material
- Heat-Reflective Material Keeps the Surface Cooler on Hot Days
- Decking Materials Resistant to Algae, Acid, Mold, Mildew, Chemicals, and Frost
Once you have this covered, then it’s time to prepare a decking fit for the design of your swimming pool. Take the opportunity to repair and, at the same time, change the look of your backyard. Here are some styles of decking that are popular choices to use around swimming pools today:
This type of decking is the simplest one. It is a leveled layer of concrete with a brush ran over the surface finish. The trick to make concrete beautiful will depend on the coarseness of the brush bristles. The lighter the bristles, the brighter the texture.
Hand Seeded P-Gravel
Hand seeded p-gravel is a poured concrete decking with scattered pebbles on the surface. In most cases, the size can go from 1/8th to a 3/8th of an inch. These pea-sized pebbles come in a range of natural colors like gray, white, black, and transparent.
A good quality decking will depend on the coating. It comes in all sizes and shapes. Deck coating is more cooling than concrete decking options, is slip-resistant, and is resistant staining or mildew.
This type of deck coating allows you to have a pattern, making the decking area original. At the same time, it is cooler than concrete; it is stain and mildew resistant and is easy to maintain.
Pattern concrete (a.k.a. stamped concrete) is a patterned, textured or embossed concrete, resembling brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, wood, and various other patterns and textures. Stamped concrete is not limited to pool decks. You can see these on patios, sidewalks, driveways, and interior flooring.
This type of decking is more durable, slip-resistant, flexible to any design, and excellent for overlay options. They also come in a permeable paver or porcelain paver.
As one of the more popular materials for building luxury pool decks, it is known for its beautiful and hard-wearing characteristics since ancient times. Nowadays, pool builders depend on the material’s porous nature helping it to be more heat resistant and cool to the touch. Just like the Belgard Paver, travertine absorbs the water quickly, is slip-resistant, and handles all types of weather conditions.
Another pool deck material frequently used by pool builders. Flagstone is a slab of natural paving, with earth-toned colors, textures, and is idyllic for pool decking. Some of the advantages of flagstone decking include a non-slip surface, moisture, and heat resistant, and resists continuous use.
In most cases, flagstone inlays serve as a walking path. In pool decking, they serve as a decorative motive between concrete slabs or other types of deck coating.
If you want an elegant, resistant, eco-friendly deck, then check out tile decking. Some tiles snap together, so it doesn’t need a hammer to install. Tile decking comes in an array of materials like porcelain and stone. There is also a variety of colors and patterns to choose from.
One of the most used types of stones is slate. It is dense, durable, and shaped in any form and size. The variety of colors includes dark gray, black, brown, red, purple, green, and combinations of colors, including blue. If you are looking for an original design or a traditional space, then slate decking is the best option.
Many pool owners are choosing artificial turf as another way of placing a deck around the swimming pool. Today’s turf is much softer than when it came out in the 1970s. Once the base of the deck is fixed, the artificial turf can go on top. It is low maintenance, excellent for children to walk on, and provides a beautiful landscape to your backyard.
Don’t forget that Platinum Pools is your place where we custom remodel the pool and backyard of your dreams, as well as revamping your old pool. Call us at 281.870.1600 (Houston), 409.898.4994 (Beaumont), or 361.576.0183 (Victoria). You can also visit our website for a free quote.