So, you’re looking at getting a beautiful pool installed in your backyard. You will be able to dive in and cool off when the hot weather gets too unbearable or enjoy some leisurely laps as a fantastic way to start your day.
Now, the only question is, how do you decide what type of deck will look the best alongside your fabulous pool?
Pool Deck Materials
There are many important facets to the material you select to create your pool deck from. Some are slippery, some will wear down easily, some will look fabulous.
That’s why choosing the right material is so important! Or perhaps your choice will come down to how much the pool deck costs. Here are your options...
Timber is a common choice for pool decks because it’s an easily accessible material. It’s also cheaper than many other choices and highly customisable because you can just cut it to fit any type of shape or design.
Timber is a fairly high maintenance choice as you will need to take good care of it to keep it looking great. This includes water blasting, staining, and more. It’s still a good choice for areas not directly by the pool.
Composite decking is also fast becoming a popular option. That’s because it can mimic timber in the style and ridges of the planks, but it is far less slippery when it gets wet, as it is sure to next to your pool. Composite decking is made from plastic and timber fibres and won’t expand when it gets wet nor shrink during sunny periods.
It’s a low maintenance product that doesn’t call for any type of stain or a lot of looking after. The quality is great, and it will last around your pool for many years.
Compressed Fibre Cement
Often used as an attractive alternative to traditional timber decking, many people are now using compressed fibre cement for their pool decks. It’s great because it won’t shrink, expand, or stain. It is hard-wearing and comes in many colours and textures which look just like real timber.
It’s not all or nothing when it comes to pool deck materials. You can decide to use a mix of different materials to match your needs and desired aesthetic. For example, many people place brick or pavers directly around the pool as these are not slippery for when you’re getting out. Then directly next to it, you can have a wooden deck. This way the wood doesn’t get as wet, so you don’t have issues with it expanding or getting too slippery from water.
Ever considered getting a pool that’s not rectangular? Here at The Pool Co, we can create any of our incredible fibreglass pool range in whatever shape you like. If you want a lagoon-shaped pool, oval, or any other style, we can make it happen.
Of course, your pool’s shape will have a large effect on the shape of the deck. The deck should cover all sides of the pool unless the pool lies against a fence. Create a deck to custom fit your pool shape, whether it’s wavy, round, or rectangular.
Having a deck directly next to your pool is far from the only option available to you. You will need a space for people to get out of the pool, but then you could have an elevated deck next to this. This creates different areas for your family to relax in and keeps sunbathers out of the splash zone. It’s also a great choice if you want timber decking as a raised deck will get far less wet from the pool.
You could even have concrete right by the pool, and a surround of grass, then a deck off to the side next to this. This allows people to dry off on the grass before moving over to the deck to sit down. It will reduce issues with how slippery the deck is and avoid the deck getting particularly wet.
If you are getting a pool, you will also need a fence to keep people safe and stop children or animals from falling in the pool.
If you’re looking for some separation of your pool from the rest of the property, you could add a high opaque fence there to separate the pool and offer swimmers privacy.
Or maybe you’d rather that you can see people from the house when they are in the pool. In this case, you could go with a modern glass fence. This is a wonderful choice if you have teenagers who don’t need direct supervision, but you just want to keep an eye on them and make sure that they are safe.
When you’re constructing your pool deck, you need to consider whether you think that people will be swimming in the pool at night. If so, there are many lighting elements that you can add to your fence or deck area. This will enable people to see where they are going at night and have enough vision to swim.
You will have the pool lights located in the pool, of course, but these aren’t too useful once you’re out of the pool trying to find your towel. That’s why you need more lighting either on the fence or located around the deck for people to see properly.
Hopefully, this list of pool deck ideas has given you some great ideas to consider when it comes to building your pool. Contact us today to discuss your brand new pool and we can offer you even more advice about what type of deck would match your needs perfectly.