Choosing your Pool Surround Material(s).

Updated: Sep 13, 2018

Surround, decking, deck...all interchangeable terminology for space and materials that go around an in-ground pool. Now, let's break down the pros and cons of each.

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What does your dream pool area look like?

What to consider when selecting your pool surround material(s).

  • Caution. Slippery when wet is a bad thing when you're trying to hop in or out of the pool to cool off.

  • What about heat absorption? Not all materials will hold the same amount of heat, so try to select something that will reflect the sun's rays. Your bare feet and family paws will thank you.

  • Consider preexisting hardscape materials that are already part of your yard. You'll want to select materials that are complementary to what you already have implemented.

  • Be sure to ask us what materials are resistant to pool chemicals, algae, mold, pool acids, mildew, and snowy conditions.

  • Do you have little ones that aren't swimmers yet? You may want to consider a pool barrier, however, keep in mind that not all city and local laws have the same regulations. As a good rule of thumb, most barriers should be around 4 ft. high. Please, make sure you discuss this with us at the beginning of your project so that the design remains seamless.

  • Decking materials should not be painful to walk on, so anything too coarse is out.

What materials do people typically choose from?

  • Tile

  • Artificial Turf

  • Concrete

  • Brick

  • Pavers

  • Wood and synthetic decking.

  • Stone: sandstone, limestone, quartzite, porphyry, and granite are a few of the more popular selections.

  • Mixed Materials: maybe a little bit of two materials? Whatever, you're envisioning we can accomplish the look.

What are the pros and cons of the different materials?

  • Tile Pros: Utilizing the same tile indoors and outdoors can create a seamless look.

  • Tile Cons: Marble and granite can be quite slick. We recommend choosing a material with some sort of "tooth" to provide more traction.

  • Artificial Turf Pros: There's no maintenance!

  • Artificial Turf Cons: As the material is not biodegradable you'll need to clean-up after doggies and any ice cream spill thoroughly.

  • Concrete Pros: Nice to walk on, easy to take care of and won't get too hot!

  • Concrete Cons: If concrete is not brushed or textured it can become slippery when wet. We suggest considering adding aggregate (small rocks/pebbles) to help generate a slip-resistant surface.

  • Brick Pros: Easy to maintain, durable, and lots of color variety to choose from.

  • Brick Cons: Cool bricks can be a nice home for moss so they will require some upkeep. Otherwise, mossy bricks can become a fall hazard.

  • Pavers Pros: Ready upon install and individuals pavers that may experience damage can easily be replaced.

  • Pavers Cons: Pavers require a permanent border or frame to prevent movement.

  • Wood and Synthetic decking Pros: There are so many variations of wood and design. Plus, as a natural material, it will give your yard a more organic look. While synthetic materials can be very durable and are resistant to insects.

  • Wood and Synthetic decking Cons: Wood decks will require seasonal maintenance, such as cleaning, sanding and sealing- or else you run the risk of splinters and wood that looks sun-bleached and tired. Synthetic materials can become slippery when wet and aren't always resistant to mildew/mold.

  • Stone Pros: Variety in shapes and sizes.

  • Stone Cons: Not all stone will be readily available in your area so keep transportation cost in mind if you're wanting a more exotic look.

Yard Blog Easy Insight

  • Create a board on Pinterest and start pinning all the beautiful pool areas you see! Make a note about why you like each and you'll notice that you gravitate towards certain elements that we can incorporate into your design.

  • If you find inexpensive stone be careful! This can actually be a faux stone that may wind-up looking cheap or outright fake. You can always bring samples to the initial complimentary consultation that we can discuss together.

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