You may have fond memories of the pool from your childhood. We don’t blame you. We have many memories ourselves of summers spent sunning and swimming during those long, hot, summer months. Do you remember playing tag and Marco Polo? We bet you played those games for hours. We did.
One memory that isn’t great, however, is the memory of burning your feet on the hot concrete. No one wants that for his or her childhood memory. Luckily, if you are in the market for a new pool, you need to know there are great materials out there. If you’re looking for a material to use around your pool, here are some suggestions.
Travertine Pool Deck
Is travertine good around pools? We’ve answered this question many times. The answer is yes Travertine, which is a type of limestone tile, is cool underfoot. The tile is fibrous and light in color.
Are you looking for a light-colored stone for your deck that’s cool no matter how hot it is outside? You may want to think about travertine. Another reason people like travertine for their pool decks is because it’s slip-resistant. Since one of the main problems with pool safety is slips and falls, having travertine for a deck sounds great. Also, travertine is natural-looking and long-lasting, which makes it a good choice.
There are some negatives with travertine pool decks, however. First, they are expensive. They cost far more than decks made of other materials. Also, travertine is not the best material to use if your area experiences many periods of freezing and thawing during the winter. Arizona doesn’t usually have this problem. However, if you live in an area that is in a higher elevation, this is not the decking for you.
Natural Stone Pool Deck
Another popular choice for pool decking is natural stone paving. First, stone around your pool, especially the stone from your area, is natural-looking. A lot of people want the area around their pools to be as natural as possible, and stone fits the bill. Second, because natural stone comes in every color you can imagine, your design possibilities are endless. Stone is also very strong and durable, which you would want around your pool area.
There are some drawbacks to using natural stone for your pool deck, however. First, because each stone is different, there are going to be differences in color. If you want a uniform look, this is not your material. Second, stone pool decks are not completely level, because of the differences in the rock. Also, stone is expensive, which is a drawback for many pool designers.
Stamped Concrete Pool Decking
One of the best materials for your pool decking may be stamped concrete. Stamped concrete is affordable, and you can make it look like nearly any material you want. Also, you can mix grit into the stamped concrete to make it less slippery. Like the other materials discussed, it’s very durable. However, you must know that depending on where you live, the concrete may be hotter underfoot than you’d like.
Wooden decking is a cost-effective pool choice. Many people like wooden pool decks because they can give your pool the natural look you want. However, many people don’t like to use wooden decking. The reason is, over time, it’ll wear out and you’ll have to replace it. Also, wood can be slippery under little feet. The best woods for pool decking are pine, cedar, teak, mahogany, and redwood.
If you are in the market for a new pool with or without amazing pool decking? Contact No Limit Pools & Spas in the Phoenix, AZ area. We serve the communities of Mesa, Chandler, Grand Canyon, Gilbert and beyond. Give us a call today and let us start designing your new pool.