Pool Decking Options for Your Inground Pool
Choosing your pool decking is very important to the customization of your pool because it has a large impact on the look of your outdoor space.
Different materials such as concrete, pavers, and porcelain can drastically change your planned pool design. Each material also has different benefits when it comes to safety, maintenance and price.
Learn more about your pool decking choices with the help of the pool experts at Flores Pools. We can help you make the right decision for your pool.
Things to Consider When Choosing Your Pool Decking
It’s essential to keep a number of considerations in mind when you’re deciding on pool decking for your new inground pool. For example, consider whether you’d prefer decking that would be cool to the touch, or decking that heats up in the sun. Will it become slippery when wet? Will it be comfortable to walk on, or rough under bare feet?
Another element to consider is the amount of maintenance that you are willing to do on your decking. Sometimes, picking a cheaper option now will lead to more maintenance later. However, choosing a more expensive material could be easier to care for in the future and pay off in the long run.
Concrete Pool Decking
Although not as popular as it once was, concrete decking is still one of the most economical pool decking options available.
Concrete pool decking also provides a number of customization options such as the ability to add color, stamp a design onto it, or even imitate the look of natural materials. Concrete also allows you to add texture to it, creating a very slip-resistant surface. However, concrete can crack or fade over time so regular maintenance is a must in order to keep it in top shape.
Stamped concrete is poured concrete composed of two or more colors. This technique can give your pool deck a classic look for a low cost. Stamped concrete pool decking is sealed, which protects your pool deck from potential damage from pool chemicals.
Stamped concrete can also mimic other materials like stone or brick. Texture can be added to stamped concrete pool decks to help make them less slippery, which may be important if you have small children in the home.
Pool Deck Pavers
A paver is a paving stone, and they are a good option for pool decks because they are comfortable to walk on and provide good traction as they are slip-resistant.
Pool deck pavers can be made from manufactured materials, like concrete pool pavers, or natural materials. Natural pool deck pavers are made from paver materials like stone, brick, travertine and slate.
Pool deck pavers do not crack like concrete does, and if an issue arises with your pool decking, pavers can be repaired or replaced individually for less cost than an entire pool deck.
Porcelain Pool Decking
A recent addition to pool decking, porcelain decking is very popular (creating a lot of buzz) because of its beautiful appearance and durability.
Modern tile manufacturing allows porcelain to take on the look of a variety of materials such as wood, stone and marble, giving you more options when it comes to the design and style of your pool. Porcelain pool decking is currently only available in select markets.