What Materials Are Used For Paving Pool Decks?
Pool decks have been made of poured concrete for a long time, but this is changing with some contractors and in some regions. Issues related to concrete cracking and the complexity of repairs make this a less viable option than has been the case in the past. The emphasis on permeable pavement is also driving changes here. Above all, however, the use of unit paving instead of poured slabs has introduced some new materials to the world of pool deck. Issues related to perimeter overflow pools and their small invisible gutters are also driving new ideas for exotic hardwoods like ipe.
Most of the pool deck will fall into one or more of the material choices below. Some of them are highly variable with dozens of options, while others are more static. Recent EPA regulations on site runoff are one reason for increased interest in units rather than slabs. Permeable pool decks that allow water to flow through is a requirement in areas where LEEDS regulations are in force. This has opened up a new approach to decks that use unit pavers of any size and shape, which move naturally with the earth rather than cracking.
Brick is one of the most common paving materials used in the pool. It is very economical, strong and very long-lasting. Brick is made of clay fired. It's weatherproof material that comes with a unique design and style. Brick is used for temporary and permanent structures.
Key advantages of brick
• Bricks are durable and require less maintenance.
• Very cost-effective material.
• They are sustainable.
• Long-term investment.
Concrete is another common material used for pool deck materials. It is made up of rough and fine aggregates and cement. It has a light gray color and a high temperature resistance. Concrete can be easily installed and has a simple, classy look.
Key advantages of concrete
• Very strong and robust.
• Requires very low maintenance.
• Can not get too warm at high temperatures.
• It has a high resistance to water.
The wood floors are very decorative. They are, however, too strong compared to concrete or brick pavements. Wood pavers are very easy to install. These materials come in a great finish and design. Not only the pool deck, but also the wood can be used on the patio.
Key advantages for wood
• The woods are available in different varieties, depending on your budget.
• The wood floors have a natural look.
• Low maintenance is needed.
• Available in different styles.
Flagstones are also widely used for paving the pool area. They've got a very natural look. The rough shape of the flagstones makes them very slip-resistant. They are powerful and extremely long-lasting. Flagstones are generally made from sandstone, granite, limestone, quartzite, porphyry, etc.
Key advantages of stone
• High slip resistance.
• Available in different shapes.
• Very strong and robust.
Last but not least, tiles are also used as pool deck materials. They are very attractive and require little maintenance. Tiles are durable and strong, too.
Key advantages for Tiles
• Available in a wide variety.
• Tiles require very low maintenance.
• Extremely durable and long-lasting.
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