In Arizona, swimming pools can be enjoyed by homeowners for at least four months out of the calendar year; weather permitting. A big part of that enjoyment is the area around your swimming pool. Not only is it where everyone congregates while poolside, it also plays a key role in defining your pool’s style, as well as your home’s value. There are a variety of materials you can select from for your pool deck design including:
Popular Pool Deck Materials
Concrete: Concrete remains one of the most popular materials today for pool deck design. Concrete is incredibly durable and leaves a lot of room for design flexibility. It can be colored, stamped or stenciled. Aside from poured-in-concrete, homeowners can choose to have precast concrete pavers installed, which provide the same durability and slip resistance. Choose a light color to avoid major regret when you step on a hot deck.
Pavers: Pavers are the go-to option for homeowners looking for durability and aesthetic appeal. Pavers are also economical. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, so you can select one that will compliment your home’s exterior quite nicely. Unlike concrete, pavers can conform to any movement in the underlying soil, which prevents them from cracking. They can also withstand extreme weather conditions.
Travertine: Travertine can give the area around your pool a high-end look. A natural stone, travertine is available in a wide variety of earth tone hues, making it easy to opt for color that will be heat-resistant. Travertine is quite durable, however, over time a weathering effect can occur. This effect adds to its beauty. Travertine is also quite easy to repair – when a piece breaks, it can be removed and replaced.
Flagstone: Another pool deck material that is frequently considered is flagstone. Like travertine, flagstone provides a high-end look that is both slip and heat resistant, as well as low maintenance. Easily installed, this material is also available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. You may want to consider sealing flagstone and other types of natural stone, travertine included.
Pool Deck Design Guidelines
Some basic guidelines from the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code of 2015 are:
- Decking surfaces should be sloped 1/2 to 3/8 inches per foot to prevent the accumulation or pooling of water, depending on material, except where an alternative drainage method is provided (code 306.5)
- All decking surfaces around pools and spas should be slip resistant (code 306.2). To avoid slipping, you’ll want to pick a material that is textured, providing resistance even when wet
- The edges of decks shall be radiused, tapered, or otherwise designed to eliminate sharp corners (code 306.8)