Pool deck – wood vs. concrete

Now that you’ve got your pool (or at least have the design of it in your head), it is time to build a pool deck that goes with it. Whether you already have something in mind or are simply looking for inspiration, read this guide to see what different kinds of pool decks exist. The material you choose for your pool deck will transform its final look so consider all of them and choose carefully.

Wood

When asked about what a standard pool deck looks like, a lot of people would answer ‘wood’. Wood has become a staple in the decking business and for good reasons. It looks amazing when paired with the blue water and the green lawn, giving your yard that natural look that will make you think of sunny resorts in tropical climates. Wood also comes in many colors which you can change at will if you have a can of wood paint and some free time. It is also the cheapest option out there, apart from not having a deck at all. Handy DIYers will also be able to handle the whole building process on their own so wood decks serve great as a weekend(s) home project.

However, wood is also prone to water damage. If you go for a wood deck then you will need to spend more time on its maintenance. Regular staining and sealing is an absolute necessity when it comes to wood decks and it’s not something you can run away from or you risk having your deck collapse. You also need to polish it to keep the wood’s surface smooth and prevent any splinters. All of this adds both time and cost to the price of a wooden deck.

Concrete

Concrete is much more water-resistant than wood so no wonder that it is often found on the sides of a pool. It is also quite heat-resistant. Concrete is a durable material that will last you for a long time. If you aren’t a fan of how it looks then check these deck paints. A layer of paint on top of your concrete deck will change its look and also allow you to keep the deck in top shape by protecting it from external weather conditions like UV rays and rain.

However, avoid having concrete that is completely smooth because it will be more slippery, especially when wet. You can get your concrete stamped, even if it’s just the area closest to the edge of the pool. Also, some concrete deck paints add a non-slip finish to your deck’s surface.

Unfortunately, concrete decks are not a good idea if you live in an area with cold snowy winters. Freezing and thawing concrete cracks very easily and there isn’t much you can do to prevent that.

A pool deck is an indispensable addition to any pool. It will give you and your family a place to relax and watch over kids while they play in the water. A deck will transform the look of your yard completely. For other tips about pool maintenance, see this poolside site.

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