Adding decking around a pool provides not only aesthetic appeal but a space to relax next to the pool. In the past, pavers and concrete around a pool were far more common but people have moved on to more modern wooden options.
Timber decking is a popular choice because these wooden boards look great around a pool. Plus, wood feels softer and smoother underfoot than hard, rough concrete.
The timber used in pool decking must be able to withstand all types of weather as well as getting wet often. Spotted gum and Merbau are common timber choices for pool decking. This is due to their rot-resistant properties. Some other woods will rot extremely quickly if they get wet too often.
Many decks are constructed from pine, but this is not good for pool decking. Pine is a softwood and located next to a pool, it won’t last for a long time due to rot.
If you choose timber decking, you will have to stain the wood every year or two to keep it looking its best.
A newer pool decking option is composite decking. This durable decking can last around your pool for 20 or 30 years. This material is designed to mimic the look and feel of wood, but it is made from a combination of plastic and wood.
The benefit of composite decking is that it is far less slippery than wood when it gets wet. Plus, you don’t have to worry about splinters when you’re walking on it in bare feet. Composite decking also doesn’t need to be stained and will look great for longer than timber.
The one main drawback of composite decking is that it is less strong than timber. However, this is easily counteracted with more support under the deck and placing joists closer together during construction.
The construction of a deck usually requires a building permit. If you’re getting a pool built at the same time, you would need to apply for one anyway, but it is a consideration if you’re adding a deck to an existing pool. This can delay the process for up to 4 weeks while you wait for the approval.
Factors such as the distance from the neighbouring property, trees, and other buildings can affect the time it takes to get the building permit.
If you think that a deck would be a welcome addition to your pool area, get in touch with The Pool Co. to see advice on materials and building. We have fully licensed builders on staff who can build a well-constructed deck around your pool.