finishing touch for pools
Pavers for Pool Decks
Well, you have finally done it. You put a pool in your back yard, including spending the large sum of money to have the pool built. However, the pool is not the entire story.
You need the decking area around the pool to be surfaced. This means more than a simple trim to make the pool’s border look nice. Most decking can be large enough to count as living space on its own, with room for deck chairs, tables, or an outdoor barbecue.
That is where The Paver Guys of Destin comes in. With our wide variety of materials and our expert team of installers, your pool deck will be one to cause envy!
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Typical Pool Side Design Materials
Pool deck designs have traditionally been made with concrete, wood, stone, or tile. With concrete decking, you can pour it the same as a concrete driveway. Typically, finishing touches are by broom or stamping. With stamping, you can simulate the appearance of tile, stone, or brick, though climates with freeze-thaw cycles during the year can crack concrete before long.
Wood decking is traditional. It can have a beautiful appearance, but it will require significant maintenance, including regular staining and sealing as it will split and crack with time. You can avoid this with simulated wood made from plastic, which does not fade or rot like real wood, but is much more expensive.
Stone for decking is very popular for pools as well. Stone comes in many shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, and has many advantages. Just about any pattern and appearance is possible. It is very durable, requiring little maintenance, and it has a natural non-slip surface. As you might expect, stone is also the most expensive of the types of decking described.
Tile is very easy to apply, especially if it has adhesive backing, making do-it-yourself projects possible. Available in a wide range of colors or textures, they must be unglazed, unlike the tiles common in bathrooms. Glazing makes tiles slippery, and therefore unsafe for your poolside.
A New Approach Poolside – Pool Pavers
The more recent approach to decking is to use pool deck pavers. Pool pavers have significant advantages to poured concrete or wood. Pavers are bricks made from stone, concrete, or brick. They are very uniform in size and shape, though many different shapes can be used to create an intricate, artistic pattern. Pavers around the pool made from the previously mentioned materials are ideal, for they are very resistant to the effects of water over time, even with saltwater pools and chlorine.
Brick, stone, and concrete pavers share other features. They are considered a low-to-non-slip decking material, which is very important for children. Pavers are durable, strong, easy to install, and affordable. Installation is especially easy if mortar is not used. Repairs are also easy, as only individual, defective pavers need to be replaced.
Finally, variety is excellent, with many different colors, textures, patterns, shapes and sizes available. The multitude of possibilities will create many pool paving ideas in your head.
Pool Pavers – Brick
If you have decided to make your pool decking out of brick, you will have an attractive addition to your pool that will last a long time. With brick pavers. the color of the clays they are made from will not fade over time, even with constant exposure to the sun. Paving contractors experienced with brick pavers can do an excellent job of creating an attractive and sophisticated deck for your pool. The Paver Guys has considerable experience at constructing decking from brick pavers and will work with you for the best result.
Bricks pavers are available in many sizes, so do not confuse them with the bricks used to build houses or walls, which are smaller. Also, for pool decking, we recommend that you choose pavers with a smooth surface, as they will be easier to walk on barefoot. Smoother surfaces on brick will still have enough grip to qualify for slip reduction when wet.
Generally, with the darker colors of bricks made from clay, dirt and scuffing do not show easily. This means that you can go longer without cleaning them. Brick pavers are not very absorbent, so spills and dirt will not easily cause stains. You will be able to remove dirt, moss, and fungus with a stiff, dry, bristle broom.
As mentioned before, brick pavers are easy enough to install for do-it-yourself projects. For people with more experience, you can even put brick pavers over the top of a concrete deck. A paver supply company, like The Paver Guys, can supply only the brick pavers and help you find the right contractor.
Pool Pavers – Concrete
Concrete pool pavers are a very popular option for making pool decking. While more expensive per square foot than poured concrete, they tend to crack less readily than a solid sheet of concrete, while retaining concrete’s strength advantages.
Concrete pool pavers need not have the drab look of a concrete driveway. Many colors, shapes, and textures are available for you to choose from. They are treated with acrylic coatings for color and texture, which can also make the pavers easier on bare feet. No matter your taste, from conservative to outrageous, you will find patterns, colors, and shapes to suit you. You will be able to design something that will complement your home and other structures on your property.
Concrete pavers can also be used for vertical decking structures, like a surrounding wall or large benches. They are the most affordable compared to brick or stone pavers.
Pool Pavers – Stone
Hand-cut stone pavers are the most expensive type of pool paver, but they will also have the most classic and rugged look. Many describe the appearance of a structure made with hand-cut stone pavers as timeless.
There is also some overlap between stone pool pavers and concrete pool pavers, as concrete pavers can be made to look like stone. While the appearance might be similar, there are definite differences though. Stone pavers will last much longer than concrete paving stones and their ability to bear stress is higher. A good paving supply company will be able to help you choose between the two kinds of pavers.
Stone pool pavers are naturally resistant to mildew and algae buildup. Plus, a coating of sealer can reduce this type of accumulation. Stone pavers are easily cleaned by scrubbing with soap and water, and they feel better on your feet than concrete. That is especially true in hot, sunny climates, as stone pavers do not heat up as rapidly.
An experienced and expert paver supply company like The Paver Guys of Destin will be more than willing to work with you to choose the type of paver you want and help with the overall design. We ware sure you will be able to find what you are looking for with our variety of paver products.