What Kind of Materials Should I Use For My Pool Deck
One of the most important considerations for any pool deck is the type of material to use. The material you ultimately choose often depends on a number of factors including your surrounding landscape, space availability, how much traffic the pool deck will receive, budget, and how much time and effort you want to devote to care and upkeep. Concrete, more than any other material, will allow you to design a truly unique, affordable and low-maintenance pool deck that becomes the social hub and aesthetic focal point of your backyard.
Only decorative concrete gives you the ability to select any shape, size, color and surface treatment for your deck—from plain broom-finished concrete, to exposed aggregate, to imprinted patterns that mimic tile, brick or natural stone. You can also mix and match decorative treatments, such as combining stained concrete with a stenciled or imprinted border or enhancing a colored overlay with sawcut or engraved patterns
Flagstone, sometimes known as "bluestone," offers a sleek and traditional look. However, very sunny sites will often heat flagstone to uncomfortable levels, particularly for young children. While many different colors and patterns are available with brick decks, brick, too, can be a hot, sometimes slippery surface.
Many design combinations, such as that of brick pavers, flagstone coping and border bands can be taken into consideration. In climates where freezing occurs, "antique" brick are to be avoided as this material is known to absorb water and spall or crack during the frozen winter months. Granite decks offer the rustic look of stone and great durability.
See "Concrete Pool Deck Surface Ideas" to learn more about all of the possibilities.
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