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Having a pool area at home is like having your own personal oasis right in your backyard. That is if the pool and the deck are in great shape.

Whether you are building a deck or renovating what you currently have, it is important to choose the right material that will best suit your needs.

Now, there are a lot of material options out there so don’t assume that choosing will be easy. Each one has its set of features that may or may not be what you are looking for. Here is a look at the pros and cons of the most popular pool deck materials.

Concrete

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Using concrete for pool deck surround projects has always been a popular choice for as long as anyone can remember. Here are its pros and cons:

Pros

  • It is durable and long-lasting if properly installed and maintained
  • Concrete is one of the most affordable materials around
  • This material is great for custom pool decks because it is very versatile. It can be stamped, stained, engraved, and more
  • It can be repaired and restored.

Cons

  • Concrete is very porous so it needs a good coating of sealer on top
  • It needs to be textured or stamped to increase slip-resistance

Pavers

This material is popular for hardscapes, such as patios, walkways, pool decks, and more.

Pros

  • Paver pool decks are easy to repair because you just replace the damaged pieces with new ones
  • It is an affordable material
  • It comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes
  • Permeable interlocking pavers, one type of pavers, are designed to let water through, perfect for pool decks

Cons

  • Must be installed by a skilled professional
  • It requires a permanent frame or border to keep pieces from shifting
  • It takes a long time to install

Travertine

This is a type of limestone that comes in tile form and features a variety of subtle earthy hues.

Pros

  • It is quite a stylish natural stone type and will easily match an outdoor pool setting
  • Travertine is a very tough and durable material
  • It can be repaired in case of damage

Cons

  • Travertine requires a complicated maintenance routine to maintain its appearance and to downplay its porosity
  • It is a heavy material, making it a bit difficult to install
  • This stone tile is expensive to install, especially since it requires grout and an adhesive

Stone

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There is a wide selection of stone types that can be used on pool decks, such as sandstone, limestone, and granite.

Pros

  • Stone has that natural look that is stylish and elegant
  • It is durable and long-lasting
  • The surface is naturally textured, making it an appropriate slip-resistant material for a pool deck
  • The shape and size can be customized

Cons

  • Not all types of stones are available anywhere.
  • It is an expensive material especially if it needs to be ordered and shipped from another location.

Wood

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Wooden pool decks are popular both for decks around inground and above-ground swimming pools.

Pros:

  • Wood comes in a wide selection of colors, patterns, and types
  • It is a comfortable material to walk and lie on.

Cons

  • It requires seasonal maintenance, especially since it is beside a pool of water
  • Wood can be slippery unless it is sealed with a bit of fine aggregate to enhance slip-resistance
  • It can be quite expensive, depending on the type of wood you choose

 

Brick

This material has been tested and proven for over 5,000 years to be ideal for outdoor use.

Pros

  • Brick is a durable and long-lasting material
  • Although it is known for its terracotta color, it is available in other hues

Cons

  • Brick has the tendency to inhibit the growth of moss so it requires regular cleaning and maintenance
  • It is slippery when wet

Choosing a pool deck material is easy if you know what you are looking for. More than appearance, it is also important to consider safety, cost, and ease of maintenance. All these should fit perfectly with your lifestyle while improving the quality of your swimming pool experience.