If you have a swimming pool, chances are you and your family are in it as often as possible. What do you do, though when you’re not enjoying the water; probably lounging on the deck.
If you’re at the beginning stages of purchasing a pool, it’s a great time to talk about the options for your deck. Some new pool owners choose not to have a deck constructed in conjunction with their pool installation. However, looking back on that, they wish they’d gone ahead with the deck.
Having a deck means you have an ideal place to rest and relax poolside so you can still enjoy the beauty of your pool and the summer weather even when you’re not swimming.
For your consideration, here’s a few options from which you can choose:
- Brick pool deck is a traditional choice and is ideal if you have a brick home. Brick is, however, rough on the soles of your feet and can get overly hot – two considerations you have to think about before making that decision.
- Ceramic tiles are lovely, even if they are at the upper end of the price spectrum. With ceramic tiles you can mix and match colors to blend in with your pool or your home décor or you can have unique designs made out of them to provide a more customized look.
- Concrete pool decking is one of the most popular and is cost effective. A concrete deck is durable, can take on the shape of your pool, can utilize stamped concrete patterns and can be colored or highlighted with quartz.
- A stone pool deck is an option at the higher end of the price scale. Stone decks are aesthetically pleasing and can either bring a natural look to your pool or can look like marble.
- A wood or composite deck is cost effective, but it will require maintenance that involves annual staining and sealing. Composite is another option that looks like wood and includes wood, but is easier to maintain.
As you consider the type of material that is right for you, it’s wise to also consider:
- Will you be entertaining large numbers of people on the deck?
- Will you be grilling out on the deck?
- Will the deck be exposed to a lot of rain during the warm months?
- How much time will you be spending on the deck?
- Do you want the deck to get shade as well as sunlight?
- Will you want the deck to encircle the entire swimming pool or only a portion?
- Do you want a deck that is virtually maintenance free or are you willing to put in the time and effort and upkeep required in certain types of decks?
- Will you be turning your deck area into a complete outdoor living space?
Taking the time to thoroughly understand the different materials available. Being able to determine the answers to how you’ll use your deck will help you determine the perfect deck for your family’s needs and one that will serve you well for years to come.