Types of Pool Decks

One of the key factors when building a swimming pool is correctly choosing the inner lining for the basin and the surface for the pool deck.

Special attention has to be paid to this latter area as it is frequently used as a space for sunbathing or relaxing and is a transit zone for bathers coming to and from the pool, so it is important that the material you choose be comfortable for walking on barefoot.

It must also be a material that is able to respond efficiently to our needs and expectations. It has to be functional, hygienic, easy to clean and —most importantly— anti-slip.

There are all recommendable but we should choose materials that adapt to the style we want to give our pool area, its shape and even to how it is going to be used.

There are a variety of types in diverse materials with different characteristics and aesthetics although those used most frequently are tiles, natural or artificial stone, wood or lawn.

Tiles:

They are highly recommendable as they are low-maintenance, easy to clean and resistant to all kinds of temperature. They bring elegance, resistance, durability and comfort to the poolside area. There are a variety of types including flat or smooth, uneven or enamel tiles, which are the best known kind. They also allow you imitate materials such as wood, stone and so on. Tiles lend a natural, safe and comfortable look to the poolside area.

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Timber:

It affords perfect aesthetic integration of the pool into the garden and has become one of the most frequent materials for the pool deck. It is essential that the wood be anti-slip and resistant to water, damp and sunlight. There are different types: tropical timber, natural wood and eco-friendly or synthetic wood and it usually comes in decking or panels.

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Stone:

It is one of the most advisable materials for finishing your pool as it is easy to clean and adds a touch of nature to your pool. It may be natural or artificial and you can choose from a wide range of varieties, colours and textures. Although it requires minimal cleaning and maintenance, you must remember that it overheats in the sunlight.

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Concrete:

Concrete is another option used very frequently for exteriors due to its versatility. It can imitate any kind of stone, paving or cobble in different shapes and colours. It allows for numerous decorative options and requires minimal maintenance.

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In the end, whichever you choose, remember that what is most important for a good pool deck is for it to be hardwearing, comfortable for bathers, easy to maintain and clean, and —most importantly— anti-slip to prevent accidents.