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Concrete is a cost-efficient way to get a pool deck that is both durable and attractive. Expect to pay $6 to $15+ per sq. ft. for a concrete pool deck. With the average pool deck in the US being 900 sq. ft. the total cost ranges from $5,400 to $13,500+.

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Simple Design

$6-$10 per square foot
May include one coloring method or decorative technique.

Custom Design

$10-$15 per square foot
May include two or three colors or a contrasting border.

Elaborate Design

$15+ per square foot
May include borders, sawcut designs, and hand-applied coloring techniques.

Concrete can be installed quickly, and mimics the look of many other materials, such as natural stone, wood, brick and more. Unlike other materials, concrete is a long-lasting, easy-maintenance surface that is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

As your design becomes more elaborate, your cost will increase. Your pool deck cost will largely depend on how many decorative patterns and colors you choose, in addition to the size of the area.

Note: Costs will vary by location, size of the project, and current cost for materials and labor. When you're ready to move forward, contact a few pool deck contractors near you and compare estimates.


In order to replace your concrete pool deck, you will have to remove the existing surface at a cost of $2 - $6 per sq. ft. before spending the installation cost of $6 - $15+ per sq. ft. The cost of removal will vary depending on how complex the project is, and how easy it will be to get the needed equipment to the concrete.

Due to this added cost, it may be better to consider resurfacing your pool deck. Resurfacing is a cost-effective way to refresh your concrete surface, and to fix any imperfections it may have. Laying a concrete coating over your existing concrete is dependent on it being a good candidate. Resurfacing also adds strength to your surface by covering and bonding any cracks in your deck. With resurfacing costs starting around $3 to $5 per sq. ft., placing an overlay on your pool deck could save you money and time.


Here are some ways to make your concrete pool deck look great without overspending:

  • Skip stamping, and ask for a pattern to be created with the joints and some additional sawcuts.
  • Go with a budget-friendly option like exposed aggregate, a rock salt finish, or basic brooming.
  • Opt for decorative coping and borders to match, but keep the rest of your pool deck simple.
  • Choose a standard color that doesn’t require a special order or custom blending.
  • Use a seamless stamp rather than one that has a detailed pattern.


Concrete is a durable and versatile material, that when decorative features are added, can be just as beautiful as any other surface. Concrete can be made to be slip resistant, while also being water resistant, and when properly sited, sealed and maintained can last for a lifetime. Other materials can be beautiful but have some limits.

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Wood Decks

The cost of a wood deck can range from $15 - $35 per sq. ft. depending on the detail of the design and the materials used. While attractive and traditional, wood decks do not stand up well to constant exposure to harsh pool chemicals and moisture. They can be difficult to maintain and have a shortened life span. If you like this look, see how concrete can be stamped to bring the same look. (See Concrete Pool Deck Replicates Wood Planking.)

Stone Pavers

Concrete pavers generally cost between $5 and $40 to install as a pool deck. Their individually placed installation process makes for a special personal touch, but the joints between them allow for moisture to get in between and could cause erosion that will make the surface uneven, or even have weeds growing between them. Their greatest benefit is that you would only have to replace the damaged area without disrupting the rest of your surface.

Brick Pavers

Brick pavers cost between $5 and $25 per sq. ft. They have long been used as a pool deck surface. They offer a durability that can withstand weather as well as wear and tear. They can be made with a series of colors to give unique looks to your surface. However, they have similar issues with moisture as stone pavers with moisture getting in the joints and causing damage. They can also be a hot surface in bare-foot areas, as well as slippery, especially if moss grows on the surface.


Tile can range from $1 to $35 per sq. ft. with some materials reaching as much as $100 per sq. ft. Though basic tile can cost as little $1 per sq. ft., it lacks in general durability. Ceramic tiles do not have the ability to withstand heavy furniture and equipment as well as concrete. Tiles can also be a slippery, hot surface in bare-foot areas.


A rubber pool deck will cost an average of $16 per sq. ft. A rubber pool deck can give you a slip resistant surface with many unique coloring and design options. This surface can have an increase in costs as the design becomes more detailed, and if the shape of the pool is irregular.


An above ground pool deck can cost $15 - $30 per sq. ft. depending on the detail and type of material you choose. This can be a great compliment to a budget-friendly backyard pool.

Smaller DIY above ground pool deck options are available for about $800 - $3,000. An above ground pool is a good option for those on a tight budget; however, they have a shorter life span than that of an inground pool. The inground pool will last decades, as opposed to an above ground pool only lasting 7-15 years.


Installing a pool deck as a DIY project may be tempting, but we recommend hiring a professional contractor. Their expertise and skills will help you stay on budget and in your time frame. Additionally, a contractor will be able to minimize mistakes and provide a memorable finish that will last an extremely long time.

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