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Types of Pool Decking and Decking Maintenance

In Pool Features by Swimming Pool Expert

Types of Decking

A swimming pool determines how a backyard is going to look.  It is not a hole in the ground but a fun area with lights, waterfalls, grottos, and more.

A big part of your swimming pool is the pool decking.  It is the trending fashionista of the backyard that pulls all elements and the landscaping together.  When the time comes to select the decking material, there are essential features in beauty and safety to consider:

  • Non-slippery 
  • Non-coarse, non-bumpy, and leveled material
  • Heat-reflective content to keep the deck cooler
  • Materials resistant to algae acid, mold, mildew, chemicals, and frost

Once you have this covered, it is time to design a deck fit for your swimming pool design.  Some of the most popular pool decking options include:

Brushed Concrete

A very simple decking option that consists of concrete with a brushed surface finish.  This is the most common type of cement work that you will see on most driveways and sidewalks.

Hand Seeded P-Gravel

If a homeowner wants a bit more than brushed concrete, then a hand-seed p-gravel does the trick.  It is a poured concrete decking with scattered pebbles on the surface. The pebble sizes come in a variety typically ranging from 1/8th to 3/8th inches.

Deck Coating

Deck coating is available in a variety of different colors. It is more refreshing than concrete. It is stain and mildew resistant; easy to maintain, and, most important, it is slip-resistant.

Scoreline

Scoreline allows having a pattern that makes the decking area an original.  It is more refreshing than concrete; stain and mildew resistant, and easy to maintain.

Lime Coat

Here is a revolutionary product with limestone and quartz in the mix.  It is fabulous for resurfacing, dry-wall, brick, concrete, and other surfaces.  It is a smoother surface, and it looks like stone.

Patterned Concrete

Also known as stamped concrete, it is a pattern that resembles any type of stone.  Imagine having a pool deck resembling stone, tile, or wood.  The patterned concrete does not limit to a backyard; it can also be used for sidewalks, driveways, and interior flooring.

Belgard Pavers

Belgard pavers are a well-known brand name. They are slip-resistant, flexible, and an excellent option for doing an overlay. 

Travertine Pavers

Travertine is an attractive material that is heat resistant and cool to the touch.  It absorbs water, is slip-resistant, and weather resistant.  No wonder this material is a popular choice when it comes to swimming pools.

Flagstone Decking

If a homeowner is looking for an earth-toned color and texture, then a flagstone deck is the way to go.  Not only is that a wise option, but it also provides advantages in installing this material.  It is a non-slip surface, resistant to moisture and heat, and lasts a long time.

Tile Decking

Tile decking is an elegant, eco-friendly, and resistant material. The is a large variety of decking tiles to choose from, as well as many colors and patterns.

Slate

If the homeowner wants a natural design or a traditional space, then slate is the best option.  The characteristics include durability, massive, and cut to any shape and size.

Artificial Turf

With artificial turf, the necessary yard maintenance reduces significantly to make the appearance of your garden beautiful. There is no cutting or watering needed, saving you money compared to having natural grass.   Most important, artificial turfs are resistant to chlorine and other chemical products.  Turf also has a non-slip characteristic and does not deteriorate quickly regardless of having it as a pool deck.

Maintenance

Many people think that balancing chemical levels and skimming out the debris is enough to maintain the pool.  But, what about the pool deck? 

The pool deck is part of the oasis and needs maintenance like any other part of your home.  While there are different types of decking material, almost all need cleaning and occasional repairs to conserve the pool deck.

Cleaning

If the homeowner likes to be “hands-on”, then they will need the materials to clean a deck:

Items Needed

  • Water hose
  • 15 to 25-degree spray tips 
  • Pressure washer (preferably 2500 to 3000 psi)
  • Cleanser

Create a Cleaning Liquid

  • Eight-parts water
  • 1-part bleach
  • 1-part dishwasher soap

Procedure:

  • Remove all items off the deck.
  • Install the water hose to the pressure washer.
  • Give a quick spray around the decking to eliminate any leaves or other debris that interfere with the cleansing.
  • Apply the cleanser in sections of the deck to make the job faster.
  • Using a 15 to 25-degree spray tip, proceed to rinse off the decking.
  • Repeat the process when needed.

Platinum Pools has a team of experts that can guide you through the pool designing and building processes.  Give us a call at 281-870-1600 (Houston), 409-898-4994 (Beaumont), or 361-576-0183 (Victoria), or visit our website for more information and free quotes.