Pool decking is the area constructed around a pool to provide space for lounge chairs, dining tables, chairs and umbrellas, pool storage structures, planter pots and more. As the decking must be durable to handle these objects, architecturally and seamlessly blended with the backyard decor, safety is always a huge concern when around the pool.
Typically when we think of decking, we think of wood; however, wood may only sometimes be the best choice as maintenance can be high to avoid splinters and keep it looking beautiful year-round. If you are up for the task and want a natural or tropical feel, wood is an ideal choice.
But we never leave wood out of the equation, as it can be your best choice. So let us move on and show you a few pool decking options, including composite wood.
Pool Decking Material Options
Concrete is a popular choice as it is the least expensive, which makes it affordable for those on a tight budget. It is durable and can be colored, stamped and textured.
Pavers are also popular as they come in many colors, textures and shapes and are easy to replace. In addition, concrete pavers are the least expensive, with brick coming in second and stone pavers being the most costly as they are the most versatile and resist cracking, fading and water absorption.
As previously mentioned, wood comes in different types, including cedar, pine, teak and mahogany. Teak and mahogany are the most durable and require minor maintenance, while cedar and pine, the cheaper options, do not resist mold and water absorption; therefore, they need more upkeep.
If you like the look of wood and prefer less maintenance, composite decking made from recycled plastic and wood pulp is an excellent choice. Composite decking does not splinter and rot, resists fading and requires little to no maintenance. It comes at an initially higher cost than other types of wood but may pay off and be cheaper in the long run.
Ceramic and porcelain are indeed aesthetically pleasing. There is such a wide variety of colors and patterns, as well as mosaic and theme designs. The possibilities are virtually non-existent. However, when choosing, slip resistance is critical and must be considered. But do not worry; there is a tile out there for you.
Regular clay paving bricks have a deep color range, while using different colored bricks within the decking and the borders can create a one-of-a-kind look. Bricks are extremely durable, as most are slip-resistant, however, they come in a bit higher than most other pool decking options.
Stones such as travertine, flagstone, slate, bluestone, limestone, sandstone, granite and coral stone all look amazing around inground swimming pools. Each is different in its own way and adds something unique to all pools.
Below we take a look at three.
Travertine is one of the most popular due to its beauty and durability, porous nature and tendency to remain cool in the hottest weather. In addition, it is slip resistant and great in all types of weather conditions. The texture can be tumbled, honed or polished, as the colors are typically light brown, brown, ivory and gold for a luxurious look and feel.
Flagstone is also slip resistant and resists moisture and heat. Because of its density is low maintenance. It comes in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
Slate is a type of flagstone with colors ranging from dark blacks and browns to rusts, reds, purples, blues, grays and greens. This stone is heavy and durable, which makes it long-lasting.