Pool Decking and Tile
Patios and decks are extensions of the home and can help create the perfect setting for your backyard. As such, patio and deck design requires accessories that will make your backyard as livable as any indoor room. From a fountain or hammock to wicker furniture and wind chimes, a few added accessories can transform your backyard into your new outdoor living space. In addition, your deck can also help add sophistication to any backyard.
Decking comes in a variety of styles. Michael G Pools can help you pick the right decking for your style and budget.
Poured Concrete Decking
Broom finished concrete, similar to a sidewalk -- is the simplest pool deck. Many builders assume a 3 foot apron around the pool, and offer upgrades from this starting point. Concrete decks can be stamped, colored or stained. By using chemicals to retard surface set-up, concrete finishers can create exposed aggregate decks or use rock salt to create travertine patterns. Using a special set of pool deck forms, a cantilevered pool deck can overhang the wall of the pool.
Concrete pool decks are fairly inexpensive, quick to install and do well in nearly any weather environment.
Nothing has quite the warmth of natural wood decking. Redwood, Cedar and Mahogany top the list of premium hardwoods, although most outdoor decks are simply built with pressure treated pine or fir wood. Preservatives help them to resist weather, insects and rot.
Wood pool decks look great, but they will require some maintenance to keep them splinter-free and good looking. Regular staining or water-proofing is needed to protect the wood and prevent it from turning a grayish color.
Composite wood, or engineered wood is a fast growing alternative pool deck material. Long life, low maintenance and eco-friendly deck material. On the flip side, they tend to be hotter than wood in the full sun, and cheap brands can be slippery and look very “manufactured”.
Wood decking, wood tiles or composite decking allows for some very interesting textures and design possibilities. Varied deck levels, benches and planters are easy to integrate into a pool wood deck design.
Pavers can be either made of brick or concrete, and are available in several colors and thicknesses. Interlocking pavers connect to each other, while other paver types are pushed tightly together, and held in place by an outer edge.
Pavers can either be installed on a bed of sand over top of a slab of concrete, or they can be set over a deep bed of gravel covered in a layer of sand or stone dust. As a final step, fine paver dust is swept over the paver pool deck to fill voids.
Pavers are fairly low maintenance, but can weather over time. Every 2-3 years they may need cleaning and sealing to restore any lost luster. With the use of pavers, a matching bullnose paver is used as your coping stone, over the edge of the pool. Pavers come in many colors, shapes and styles, and are fairly easy to install over a prepared surface.
Pool Deck Tile
Glazed tile is much too slippery to be used on pool decks, but the unglazed deck tiles can produce a dramatic pool deck design. Outdoor floor tiles are typically square, but other shapes can be found, such as octagonal or freeform. Pool tile decks can also be installed which resemble brick or stone.
Most pool deck tiles are installed over top of an existing concrete base, and because of this, thin deck tiles can be a good option for covering over an existing pool deck and coping. Bullnose tiles can be used over the edge of the pool, or it can be wrapped square.
Waterproof outdoor grout is used in between the tiles, and sealing is recommended to prevent staining and water penetration.
Flagstone, Slate and Bluestone or Field stone are some of the more popular natural stones to be used around swimming pools. There is nothing more durable or more natural.
Stone pool decks also prove to be naturally slip proof, they don’t need sealing and they always look great. Milled stones can be found in several thicknesses, colors and varieties. Contrasting stones can be used as coping, or a stone deck can be cantilevered, over the edge of the pool.
To install a stone pool deck, the preferred method is to mortar the stones on top of a bed of concrete. This could be the existing pool deck if it is level. Mortar is also used to fill the joints in between the stones. This mortar grout usually needs repointing every 10 years or so.
Regardless the type of deck you want, Michael G Pools can make your dream pool come true.
Travertine Tile Deck