For many people who are looking at building a pool, the main concern is what goes into the pool, concerning the filtration system and the interior surface. But another aspect of serious importance is the pool deck itself. There are several different options for pool decking. The important things to consider when choosing which one to use is your budget and your aesthetic needs.
- Concrete—Even with the advances in different materials, the king of pool decking is still concrete, largely because it is durable and relatively inexpensive. But, with recent advances in concrete, it is possible to create a style that goes beyond the simple white concrete slab with decorative stamped designs and dyed concrete.
- Composite—If you like the look of wood decking but aren’t thrilled with the upkeep, consider composite decking that is a mixture of plastic, resin, and wood. Because of its make-up, this will not warp or splinter like real wood and it does not need as much maintenance. However, it does come with a higher price tag than real wood decks.
- Acrylic Concrete Coatings—Another option for those on a budget is acrylic concrete coatings. These use high quality coatings to simulate the appearance of other materials such as flagstone and Tuscan stone that might cost more.
- Tile—Ceramic tile is another popular option because of the beauty of the tile-work. However, the individual tiles can be a bit pricey, so many customers choose to use them as a border only around a concrete deck as a contrast point for the pool.
- Stone—Stone is another expensive option, but it can be worth the money as it presents a beautiful aesthetic choice that can blend well with the natural southwestern landscape. Be sure to choose stones that absorb water, however, or you could be in for a slippery time getting in and out of the pool.
- Cool Decking—A Cool Deck may be another option for you, particularly if you are looking for something that is durable and also safety conscious. Cool Decking is a spray texture overlay that covers the surface of your deck to prevent it from heating up on those hot Arizona afternoons. It is also a non-slip surface so that you don’t have to worry about it becoming slick and causing accidents with family or friends falling on your deck.
- Pavers—Traditional pavers are another popular choice as they are generally very easy to install. These durable pieces also make great choices because if one does become chipped or broken, it can be replaced without having to do any kind of repair work to the surrounding pavers.
- Brick—Although popular in some parts of the country, brick decking is absolutely not a good idea in the southwest because of the high temperatures. Brick has a tendency to absorb and hold heat, making it downright painful to walk on during the heat of the day.
These are a few of the best options currently available for pool decks. Depending on your budget and pool’s look, you have a lot to choose from in designing your ideal pool and patio.