At the height of summer, the area around your in-ground swimming pool can become extremely hot. When the outside temperature is high, and exposure to direct sunlight, the temperature of your pool deck can even become dangerous. At Hawaiian Pool Builders, we don’t want you to let an overheated pool deck ruining your pool days.

Pool Deck Too HotDepending on what material you chose for your pool deck area, will determine how hot it can get. For instance:

Brick and clay pavers:
Brick and clay pavers, or other pavers made from ceramic materials absorb and retain heat, and that means on an exposed pool deck, a brick surface can get uncomfortably hot. For instance, on a day when the temperature reaches 100 degrees, a light-colored clay paver may reach a surface temperature of over 150 degrees, and a dark-colored paver will get even hotter. The temperature difference between a brick surface and a grass surface under the same conditions can be 50 degrees or more.

Concrete pavers:
Concrete pavers do not hold as much heat as brick pavers, but they will still get uncomfortably warm on very hot days. When the outside temperature is 90 degrees, concrete pavers may be as hot as 119 degrees. Surfaces made from concrete pavers tend to be a little cooler than solid poured concrete surfaces, however, the spaces between the pavers allow them to a shed some of the heat they absorb.

Flagstone pavers:
Deck surfaces consisting of flagstone, bluestone or other natural stone materials also get hot and their surface temperatures in full sun are comparable to those of concrete pavers. At an air temperature of 90 degrees, a flagstone paver will have a surface temperature of about 112 degrees. As with all paving materials, a darker stone paver will absorb more heat than a lighter paver, so darker-colored stone surfaces get hotter than lighter-colored stone surfaces.

Travertine pavers: Travertine is a type of limestone commonly used as a paving material, and its light color and porous surface help it to stay cooler than other natural stone paver materials. When the outside air temperature is 90 degrees, a light-colored travertine paver will have a surface temperature of around 108 degrees.

Shell stone pavers: Pavers made from natural stone embedded with fossilized shells and coral are particularly good at shedding excess heat. Manufacturers of shell stone pavers claim that on a 90-degree day, their light-colored pavers may have a surface temperature as low as 94 degrees.

Here are a few tips on how to cool down your pool deck when it gets too hot:

Hose it down
If you invite guests to enjoy your backyard swimming pool or throwing a pool party on a hot summer’s day, it’s a good idea to hose down your deck with cool water a few minutes before your guests arrive.

The cold hose water will instantly bring down the temperature of your deck to a more comfortable level so that your guests — especially children — don’t accidentally get burned by your overheated wooden or concrete pool deck

If you or your guests plan to sunbathe while laying directly on the pool deck, make sure to have plenty of thick, comfortable towels available to provide a safe, effective barrier between the hot deck and skin.

Foot wear
The part of your body that is most likely to get burned by hot concrete is your feet.

Wearing a pair of flip flops or other shoes that are easy to slip into can help. Your pool deck might not look hot, but as noted above, it heats up hotter and more quickly then the surrounding lawn. You can simply leave them pool side, so they are there when you get out again.  

At Hawaiian Pools, we know that spending the hot summer days in your swimming pool is one of life’s simple pleasures, and that getting your feet burned isn’t part of that.

Category: Pool Advice