Decks should –
- Be attractive
- Be cool to touch
- Be comfortable to walk on
- Have a non-slip surface
Ultimately the type of material you choose depends on durability, cost and maintenance.
Before opting for a wood deck there are advantages and disadvantages –
- Wood rots, but some varieties are water resistant
- Wood is environmentally friendly
- Wooden decks will need to be sealed and waterproofed every 12 months
- Most wood looks great in any backyard
- Wood can be harder to install than other materials
- Wooden decks can be easy to maintain – if you choose the right wood
Timber decking is a great way to create a stylish level area in your yard that is perfect for entertaining. It can also help you get more from your yard especially if you have any steep or *unusable* areas around your pool – uneven ground etc can be turned into a useable space. Decks look amazing but before you build one around your pool talk to your pool supplier first, they will be able to advise you of your choices and suggest a style of deck more suited for your pool and yard.
The reasons people love pavers are –
- The non-slip/non-skid surfaces
- Reduced chance of staining
- Similar in price to stamped concrete (manufactured pavers)
- Fade resistant
- Low maintenance – they are easy to repair simply remove the damaged paver and replace it
- Hundreds of patterns, colours and textures to choose from
- Lifetime guarantee on cracking and breaking – manufactured pavers
Paving is another great way to enhance your outdoors area and maximise the enjoyment you get from your pool. Pavers are more durable than timber, but in their own way, they still require some maintenance. The should be protected, so ensure that a good sealant has been used, this is to prevent damage by water from the pool, chemicals and the sun. You want to keep your pavers looking *young* for as long as you can.
Whichever option you choose, finishing off the area around your pool will not only transform your pool into a backyard oasis it will allow you to enjoy your pool and your backyard a lot more.
Selecting the right decking for your pool is easy once you base it on your own personal preference, but before you begin, consider the costs involved, where you live, available space, and the climate.