A pool can be a fantastic contribution to your property and offer a whole host of benefits, including boosting potential resell value, and of course providing an excellent way to keep cool and work out in the comfort of your own home!
Decking and Details
Part of responsible pool ownership is maintenance, and this includes not only the mechanics of keeping the water clean and circulating effectively, but also considering the surroundings, and in particular, the pool deck.
Here at Dupont Construction and Remodeling, we pride ourselves on offering the solutions to your problems, and can work with you to find the best pool deck for your home and family, keeping you safe and secure, while still maintaining a sleek, stylish aesthetic for your home and yard!
For other ideas to enjoy your deck this summer, check out our tips here.
Read on for our top pool deck ideas, and enjoy safety and a stylish finish all in one product!
What Do I Need To Consider When Picking A Pool Deck?
Deciding to add a pool deck to your home can increase value, but there are several considerations to take into account.
When working around water, safety is always the key priority – particularly if you have young children. A large part of this comes from choosing the right material; this needs to be able to take water without becoming slippery and a potential hazard.
The material should also be smooth and strong, without bumps which could cause a trip hazard and need to be able to withstand hot temperatures if your pool is outside.
Some of the most popular materials include:
Concrete tends to be a cheaper option and can come in a range of colors for a better fit with your aesthetics. The finish tends to be clean and neat, it is cheap and easy to maintain, and it is smooth and comfortable to walk on, not becoming too hot if the sun is beating down.
It is essential to ensure that your concrete has a brushed or slightly textured finish to avoid it becoming slippery – aggregate, such as small rocks, can be a great addition to help prevent this problem.
Brick is another super popular choice, and has been used around pools and in building materials for 5000 years – a pretty ringing endorsement! It can offer a calming, Mediterranean look to any pool space, and is easy to maintain, as well as being long-lasting. The only issue here can be the growth of slippy moss, so it is vital to keep on top of this with regular treatment.
One of the most popular options is pavers, and this is mostly due to their versatility; finishes can come in different sizes, colors, shapes, and materials, with concrete, aggregate, and stone being particular top choices.
An interlocking paver can be a refreshing visual accompaniment to your pool, and make sure that your yard looks great while maintaining safety. They will need a permanent frame or border to reduce the risk of shifts but are cheap, easy to replace, and durable.
If you are looking to recreate a spa feel, wood can be popular, and it has the added advantage of flexibility – there are plenty of options when it comes to color, pattern, and finish. Wood is quite a cheap option but will need extra maintenance and treatment if it is close to water, including regular cleaning, sanding, and sealing to remain in good condition.
Stone is an excellent choice if you are looking for your deck to blend into the landscape, and is usually textured to help reduce the risk of slips. Some of the most popular types of stone include porphyry, quartzite, granite, sandstone, and limestone, and there are options available for almost every budget. The only thing to watch is temperature; darker shades do tend to become a little hotter in warmer weather.
Recreate a Roman bath in your backyard with some quirky tiles, and make sure your deck is a real talking point. For safety, avoid anything too polished – you want plenty of texture to prevent a slippery surface, and make sure it can withstand a range of temperatures, including freezing. This choice can look particularly neat if you use the same tile for the deck as your hallway – this offers a seamless and awe-inspiring visual experience.
- Artificial Turf
This medium is especially popular if you live in a hot climate, which may reduce the chances of growing natural grass. Turf can offer a fresh, vibrant finish to your space, and does not require all the maintenance of the traditional lawn! Just make sure you maintain it well, and be careful in warmer weather, as it can heat up.
As well as safety, it is important that you are happy with the overall aesthetic and finish; this is your home after all! Some key features to consider include:
The style of your home and yard can have a big impact on the deck you choose to go for. Super modern houses will likely favor clean, sleek lines and simple finishes, and so concrete could be a popular pick. If your home is a little quirky and unique, why not translate that into your deck by choosing pavers, which you can pick, choose, and adjust to suit your preference? By looking at the style you have already worked hard to cultivate, you can help to create a harmonious look throughout the property.
- Wear And Tear
The material and type of deck you choose will also depend on your own lifestyle; do you have time to regularly maintain and keep up with a deck such as wood, which will require a little more TLC? Or do you need something a little more low maintenance, which will allow you to enjoy your pool without any fuss? These decisions can have a significant impact on your overall design and final selection.
Ready To Commit?
If you have decided that adding a pool deck is the next step for your home, get in touch today. At Dupont Construction and Remodeling, our experts have the skills, materials, and creativity to help you make the most of your space. We will ensure that you make the best choice for you and your family, allowing you to enjoy your pool all year round in safety and style!