Pool Deck Materials
Pool decks should be aesthetically pleasing, comfortable to walk on and cool to the touch as well as textured and non-slip. Home owners are thus advised that the choice of material for their pool deck is very important. Of course factors such as the cost of installation, ease of maintenance, slip resistance, durability and how well it enhances the surroundings, its resistance to climatic and weather changes are all very important considerations.
Above Ground Pool Decks
Aluminium and vinyl are good choices because of their durability and ease of maintenance.
PVC is slightly more expensive and also more durable than aluminium.
- Easy to maintain
- Quite resistant to daily exposure to sun and water
- Shorter installation time and;
- More colour fast than other materials
WoodWood comes in different colours and are aesthetically attractive and complements well with the outdoors and is environmentally friendly.
- Usually pine is used because it costs less than teak.
- Teak has durability, resistance to mold, mildew and insects as added advantages.
- Mahogany or redwood decks are more expensive but more pleasing to the eye, sturdier, do not splinter easily and more resistant to the weather. However, installation is more difficult and wood needs to be sealed and waterproofed yearly.
Decks for Below Ground Pools
Unglazed ceramic tiles
Paving StonesPaving stones are a favourite choice for in-ground pools and they come in natural or manufactured stones pavers with a variety of colours, shapes, sizes, textures. The common types being bricks, tumbled, cobbled, marble, granite, flagstone and travertine. Natural stone pavers are more expensive to install because it involves individual placement of the stones. The advantages includes:
- Long life span
- Fade and slip resistant
- Low maintenance and easy to repair with just a replacement of the pavers
- Less chance of staining and many suppliers offer lifetime guarantee against cracking and breaking