The Ultimte Pool & Spa Deck
For refreshing summer fun, nothing beats a backyard swimming pool. While the water is the main focus, it’s the decking around it that determines how well the pool fits into the landscape—and how safe it is for swimmers. Successful pool decking should provide a secure walking area between pool ladders, diving boards, and slides, as well as a place for lounging. If you’re considering adding decking around your pool—or rehabbing the deck that’s already there—keep reading to learn what to look for, plus how-to tips on design and installation.
Things to Consider When Choosing Materials
Choosing deck material shouldn’t be just a matter of going with what you think is the most attractive. Important things to consider:
- The material must be safe and not become slippery when wet.
- Make sure the decking material isn’t coarse, bumpy, or uneven.
- Choose a heat-reflective material to keep the surface cooler on hot days—think about bare feet!
- Select a material that blends well with other paved or hardscaped areas in your yard.
- If possible, find out if the material is resistant to algae, chemicals, acid, mold and mildew, and frost.
- A modern solution: for a seamless look, carry out the coping material to the surrounding deck or patio.
- Safety fences and barriers should be considered and integrated into the pool and deck design. Check city or local laws or guidelines regarding pool barriers—most should be at least 4 feet high and be positioned between the pool and areas of access.
Take a look at the variety of pool deck materials, along with their pros and cons.
Do you like the look of wood but don’t want to deal with the maintenance?
Composite wood might be the perfect solution. This material looks like wood but is actually made from plastic-like synthetics.
Composite wood requires practically no maintenance at all. It won’t fade, splinter or rot even after consistent exposure to sun and water. Plus, the composite wood strongly resembles real wood in both look and feel.
A variety of simulated wood types, in many different colors, are available.
Pool Deck Remodeling
Does your existing pool deck look outdated, boring and uninspired? Remodeling your pool decking is often a great way to add a fresh, exciting look to your entire poolscape and outdoor living area.
Other remodeling methods – such as changing the shape of your pool – typically require extensive and costly construction. Simply changing up just the decking is an amazing way to make your entire pool area look completely brand new.
No matter what type of swimming pool deck you currently have, options for a great new look are available.
For instance, an existing concrete deck can be used as a foundation for pavers, tile or stone.
Looking to expand the size of your pool deck?
That’s usually the perfect time to remodel the existing deck with new materials. You can ensure the new areas blend in seamlessly with the existing ones.
Your outdoor deck is a place where you can host friends and family, enjoy a meal outdoors, or simply relax and read a book. But you want to take it to the next level. You want to put a hot tub on your deck.
But can you actually install a hot tub on a deck? What about an elevated deck? Yes and yes.
Installing a hot tub on your deck will help you get the most out of your investment. The closer the hot tub is to your house, the more likely you are to use it. You can relax in your very own private retreat or entertain family and friends — all by walking out your patio door.
Composite Hot Tub Surround
Composite decks are all the rage these days. They’re a lot more durable than wood, they require less upkeep, and they’re resistant to sun, pests, and water—in other words, they’re prime real estate for a hot tub. Build a hot tub right into a composite deck, and create an ideal spot for relaxing in comfort after a long day.
Hot Tub Deck With Ample Space
Sinking a hot tub right into a deck elevates both, turning what could be a tacky eyesore into a classy chill zone. This recessed hot tub is spacious, but there’s still lots of room on the deck for lounging and mingling. Built-in mood lighting ups the ambience for a romantic evening or a fun get-together.
Raised Platform Hot Tub Deck
Those without enough room for a pool may wish to opt for an oversize hot tub instead. There’s plenty of room for the whole family and guests as well—at least once everyone is vaccinated. The deck surround lends an elegant aesthetic and provides seating space for anyone who isn’t keen on taking a dip.
Pool & Spa Decks
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING MATERIALS
POOL DECK REMODELING
COMPOSITE HOT TUB SURROUND
HOT TUB DECK WITH AMPLE SPACE
RAISED PLATFORM HOT TUB DECK