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  • Writer's pictureChristine Rhode-Parsons

How to Choose Your Pool Deck Material?

Updated: May 1, 2020

Travertine Pool Deck

The hardscape area around your swimming pool is called a surround, deck, or decking, even though it isn't always made of wood or composite, like traditional outdoor decks with which we most often associate the words. Traditionally, most in-ground swimming pool decks are made of concrete. Other materials, like stone pavers and brick, are also popular choices.

Pool decks and paved surfaces in the yard such as paths, patios, or steps are functional landscaping elements, adding usable space, creating a smooth transition from one area to another, providing drainage, and covering the bare dirt. We have recently been adding, doggy outdoor grass areas with drainage to many of our projects.

When it is near or surrounds a pool or spa, decking creates a frame while providing a safe path around its edge. If backyard space allows, the deck can be enlarged to accommodate poolside furniture for relaxing or dining.

Things to Consider When Choosing Materials 

Choosing deck material shouldn't be just a matter of going with what you think is the most attractive. Important things to consider:

  • The material must be safe and not become slippery when wet. A slip resistant sealer should always be added, when installing stone pavers.

  • Make sure the decking material isn't coarse, bumpy, or uneven.

  • Choose a heat-reflective material to keep the surface cooler on hot days—think about bare feet!

  • Select a material that blends well with other paved or hardscaped areas in your yard.

  • If possible, find out if the material is resistant to algae, chemicals, acid, mold and mildew, and frost.

  • A modern solution: for a seamless look, carry out the coping material to the surrounding deck or patio. If possible, use long straight coping with a bullnose edge.

  • Safety fences and barriers are required by The Florida Health Department, and these can be integrated into the pool and deck design. Check city or local laws or guidelines regarding pool barriers—most should be at least 4 feet high and be positioned between the pool and areas of access.

Christie's Luxury Pool Builders specializes in Residential & Commercial Swimming Pool & Backyard Renovations. You have pictured it, in your head. You have sat on your lanai in summer’s heat and dreamed about the relaxing pool and the living spaces, that would surround it. Not only are we experts at renovating swimming pools and spas, we also can help build structures and amenities that will complete your backyard escape, i.e.; fire features, water features, lighting, etc. Give us a call at (239) 440-1241, to set up an on-site appointment or email us at the following

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